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Best Free Sandbox Game for Linux
  • Dwarf FortressDwarf Fortress

    "Dwarf Fortress is so horrendously in depth. It's nearing insanity, everything from the dynamic flow of water in the moats to several dozen types of ore, gems and utility stones by the book. You can spend anything from minutes to hours playing this 'uber' creative game.

    For the first few hours there is a steep learning curve - you'll probably be unsure of what you're doing. However, the Dwarf Fortress Wiki or captnducks video tutorials may come in handy." (Review)

 

Best Free Computer Chess for Linux
  • PyChessPyChess

    "With this program, you can play against the GNU Chess engine or lots of other chess engines, such as the Crafty engine. You can also play Internet chess by connecting to the FICS servers.

    It allows for saving games in the PGN, EPD and FEN chess file formats so that you can always return to continue with the games or analyze them. It also offers opening books and other useful features including undo moves, hint and spy modes, sound and animation effects." (Review)

  • HOXChess

    "A well designed open source Chinese Chess application with highly configurable user interface and multi engines for you to choose from. You can also easily connect to multi remote Xiangqi servers to play the game online." (Review)

 

Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Linux
  • Frozen BubbleFrozen Bubble

    "Designed with colorful 3D rendered penguin animations and 15 stereo sound effects, Frozen Bubble comes with editable 100 levels for 1-player game, or hours and hours of 2-player game. You can also choose to have multi-player game over the local area network or Internet.

    Play this game with the left or right key to aim your shot and up key to fire. Hone your skills in speed and accuracy before the bubbles get frozen!" (Review)

 

Best Free Physics Game for Linux
  • Numpty PhysicsNumpty Physics

    "An excellent open source and multi-platform physics game with 35 built-in levels. It has more to offer than the free prototype of Crayon Physics Deluxe.

    You're able to draw custom shapes and have access to all levels at once, so you don't have to worry if you get stuck at a level. The sketches look more like what a 3-year old has drawn and don't have the professional feel of Crayon Physics. But who cares? I'm also not an artist!" (Review)

 

Best Free Simulation Game for Linux
  • OpenCity

    A 3D city simulator like a classic SimCity game for you to construct a city divided into residential, commercial and industrial zones. You can connect them by building roads, provide the city with necessary goods and watch it grow up with the power you supply.

  • TORCS (The Open Racing Car Simulator)

    A multi-platform car racing simulation game allows you to drive different cars in races against computer opponents or human players. The game play allows different types of races from a simple practice session up to the championship while the simulation features a simple damage model, collisions, tire and wheel properties, aerodynamics and more. (Review)

 

Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle for Linux
  • Picpuz

    "Create and solve puzzles, save and open puzzle files, set tile sizes, solving a puzzle by swapping pieces or with a helpful solver." (Review)

 

Best Free Pipe-Building Puzzle for Linux
  • PipeWalker

    Solve this casual puzzle in building a piping or network system by connecting all scattered pieces with your logic and skill. With support for four map sizes, themes and auto save, it has multiple levels for you to figure out. A binary package is available here for Ubuntu and compatible distros.

 

Best Free Lemmings Game for Linux
  • Pingus

    Play a free clone of the popular Lemmings game and guide as many penguins as possible to build bridges, climb, bash and use their talents to reach home before they fall into traps. Optional sound effects and music, plenty of level sets and even a level editor are available for challenging your skills.

 

Best Free Computer Go for Linux
  • PANDA-glGo

    "2D and 3D boards, adjustable board size and engine strength, play online or offline, etc." (Review)

 

Best Free Hearts Game for Linux
  • Gnome Hearts

    "Various rule sets including Spot Hearts, Omnibus Hearts with configurable play rules, backgrounds and card styles." (Review)

 

Best Free Sudoku Puzzle, Generator and Solver for Linux
  • HoDoKuHoDoKu

    An open source program allows you to generate sudoku puzzles in five different and configurable difficulty levels. It also includes a solver and an analyzer to help you solve the puzzles.

    While playing the game, you can select to view a summary of solving techniques and solution paths. When you click on a solution path, it highlights the steps on the corresponding grid to help you analyze the game. (Review)

 

Best Free First-Person Shooter for Linux
  • Urban TerrorUrban Terror

    "Described as fun over realism by the creators, the game has fast paced, intense game-play. Urban Terror doesn't throw realism to the wind mind you, but rather tries to enhance game-play with elements like powerslides and wallhops.

    Five different game types, over a thousand servers, plenty of players to go around and no waiting for people to show up." (Review)

 

Best Free Breakout Game for Linux
  • LBreakout2LBreakout2

    "An extremely polished Breakout Clone features a two-player mode (local or over the internet or LAN), fine animations and graphics, excellent controls, the ability to save a game, a level editor, and a turbo key.

    This game gets regular Level Set updates. The fun continues well beyond when you have mastered the 50+ levels." (Review)

 

Best Free Reversi for Linux
  • KReversi

    "7-level of difficulty, clean and helpful interface, show legal moves and last move, undo moves, hints, animation, etc." (Review)

 

Best Free Backgammon for Linux
  • GNU Backgammon

    GNU Backgammon houses the all powerful GnuBG neural network engine in an ambitious freeware project with a wealth of advanced options and capbilities. It is a highly enjoyable powerplay program to delight all backgammon enthusiasts and a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in the game. (Review)

 

Best Free Billiards and Pool Game for Linux
  • BillardGLBillardGL

    "A brilliantly crafted open-sourced freeware game that affords play of either 8-Ball or 9-Ball. The 3D graphics are second-to-none and the physics appear to be flawless.

    The user interface is simple and the controls straightforward. As you assess your next shot, you can view the table layout from any perspective you want, roaming and zooming and peering." (Review)

 

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by Panzer on 16. July 2014 - 7:52  (117365)

demimove - a file browser for mass renaming:

Features:

- Interactivity: Demimove allows adding/removing of (multiple) targets quickly by mouse interaction (instead of or complementary to matching via regex/globbing patterns).
- Automatic Previews: Demimove provides an automatic and immediate preview of any change.
- Performance: Demimove is fast, thanks to Qt and its QFileSystemModel. Even thousands of files are no problem (although there's a ceiling, as always).
- Commit History: You can undo any commit, although currently only in order of last to first.
- Multiple Pattern Support: You can have any number of match and filter patterns by separating them with a slash ("/").
- Recursive support: Demimove supports recursive lookups and renames. You can specify the depth of the recursion.
- Config File: You can save and restore options to and from a file (~/.config/demimove/demimove.ini):

https://github.com/mikar/demimove

by Panzer on 7. July 2014 - 8:24  (117193)

Beets is the media library management system for obsessive-compulsive music geeks:
http://beets.radbox.org/

by Panzer on 18. June 2014 - 9:06  (116813)

"... PowerTOP is a Linux tool to diagnose issues with power consumption and power management.

In addition to being a diagnostic tool, PowerTOP also has an interactive mode where the user can experiment various power management settings for cases where the Linux distribution has not enabled these settings ...":
https://01.org/powertop/overview

by Panzer on 17. June 2014 - 8:18  (116801)

"... SnapRAID is an application able to make a partial backup of your disk array. If some of the disks of your array fail, even if they are completely broken, you will be able to recover their content. It's only a partial backup, because it doesn't allow to recover from a failure of the whole array, but only if the number of failed disks are under a predefined limit ...":
http://snapraid.sourceforge.net/faq.html

Magpie - Git-backed Evernote replacement:
https://magpie-notes.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

by JDCNS on 16. June 2014 - 17:43  (116792)

FreeFileSync I used to love, but the last couple of available versions had some pretty weird bugs. It seems that they are not actively updating the 32 bit version any longer, so I ended up rolling my own.

Dropbox has changed their TOS, and it is now evident that the only thing that keeps their employees from viewing your data are their rules. I no longer trust them, and I moved financial data to Wuala, which is also free for up to 5GB.

Shotwell is a good replacement for Picasa, BTW. I use it all the time b/c Picasa pictures don't count against your disk quota.

In the "I'm surprised this isn't even mentioned" department, NixNote (used to be NeverNote) is an excellent (IMO) front end for Evernote. Since there are clients available for iOS and Windows (and I assume Android as well), this makes it a nice cross-platform solution with the addition of NixNote.

Otherwise, interesting list. There are some on here I've never heard of in spite of looking for alternatives in the past.

by Panzer on 4. June 2014 - 8:27  (116611)

The Gnome Encfs Manager (or short GEncfsM) is an easy to use manager and mounter for encfs stashes featuring per-stash configuration, Gnome Keyring support, a tray menu inspired by Cryptkeeper and lots of unique features:
http://www.libertyzero.com/GEncfsM/

by Panzer on 2. June 2014 - 8:20  (116555)

"... Mosh - Remote terminal application that allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes.

Mosh is a replacement for SSH. It's more robust and responsive, especially over Wi-Fi, cellular, and long-distance links ...":
http://mosh.mit.edu/

by Panzer on 2. June 2014 - 8:16  (116554)

Syncthing replaces Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet:
http://syncthing.net/

by Ratzo on 9. June 2014 - 5:30  (116693)

yes syncthing is an interesting concept I like it

by Panzer on 25. April 2014 - 9:50  (115887)

Bookie - bookmark your web:
http://docs.bmark.us/en/latest/

by Panzer on 22. March 2014 - 9:19  (115178)

Asciinema - record and share your terminal sessions, the right way:
https://asciinema.org/

by Panzer on 17. March 2014 - 10:25  (115069)

Something for the kids:

Ri-li - drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win:
http://ri-li.sourceforge.net/

by Ancaeus on 17. March 2014 - 6:00  (115062)

Picasa 3 is apparently no longer available for Linux. At least, the website (picasa.google.com) claims that it is "not currently available for your operating system." I am running Ubuntu. And, I tried the download page with both Chrome and Firefox, just to rule-out some kind of browser--OS recognition problem.

The Ubuntu Software Center still offers Picasa. But this version causes my whole computer to freeze. I was hoping that a software update would fix this problem. Alas, it is not to be.

by Jojo Yee on 17. March 2014 - 6:20  (115064)

Thanks for your comment Ancaeus. Picasa for Linux is no more supported by the developer. It has now been removed from the list.

According to Google's Official Blog, the WINE-based version of Picasa for Linux was launched in 2006 as a Google Labs project. They were deprecating Picasa for Linux during the Spring cleaning.

by vandamme on 25. February 2014 - 14:01  (114644)

Video editors: PiTiVi is improving quickly and deserves a look. KDenLive has always been reliable for me. OpenShot is easy and quick, kind of like Windows Movie Maker (except it works).

by Panzer on 6. February 2014 - 10:10  (114283)

gdiskdump:
https://launchpad.net/gdiskdump

I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z:
https://launchpad.net/i-nex

Marlin - a sleek and fast GTK3 file manager:
https://launchpad.net/marlin

bro pages show concise, common-case examples for Unix commands:
http://bropages.org/

by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:24  (114203)
by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:11  (114202)

TimeShift is a system restore utility which takes incremental snapshots of the system using rsync and hard-links. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo all changes that were made to the system after the snapshot was taken. Snapshots can be taken manually or at regular intervals using scheduled jobs:
https://launchpad.net/timeshift

FFmpeg Little Helper - an easy to use FFmpeg code generator:
http://rodrigopolo.com/ffmpeg/

by Panzer on 28. January 2014 - 9:12  (114025)

TLP – Linux Advanced Power Management:
http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html

by Panzer on 24. January 2014 - 9:30  (113957)

BaShare (Basic Share) is a very simply and user-friendly file sharing tool over the Internet and private LAN too:
http://code.google.com/p/bashare/

by Panzer on 24. January 2014 - 9:19  (113956)

Newspaper: Article scraping & curation:

Features:

* Works in 10+ languages (English, Chinese, German, Arabic, ...)
* Multi-threaded article download framework
* News url identification
* Text extraction from html
* Top image extraction from html
* All image extraction from html
* Keyword extraction from text
* Summary extraction from text
* Author extraction from text
* Google trending terms extraction

http://newspaper.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

by Panzer on 22. January 2014 - 9:44  (113864)
by Panzer on 21. January 2014 - 8:52  (113811)
by Panzer on 18. January 2014 - 8:38  (113687)

Fedora Utils lets you install codecs and additional software that Fedora doesn't want to ship, like MP3 codecs, Adobe Flash, Oracle Java etc.:
http://satya164.github.io/fedorautils/

by spilot on 15. January 2014 - 17:53  (113626)

For my money (so to speak), Homebank is a much better personal banking app than GnuCash and should be included in the banking category.

by Jojo Yee on 16. January 2014 - 9:21  (113649)

Many thanks for your kind comment Spilot. For your info, Homebank has been included in our category review article here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-personal-finance-software.htm

In most cases, this list covers the software products with Gizmo's top picks in each category review.

by MidnightCowboy on 15. January 2014 - 18:24  (113631)

Out of interest, found a review/comparison of HomeBank here. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/72338.html

by Panzer on 10. January 2014 - 13:58  (113512)

kalu is a small application that will add an icon to your systray and sit there, regularly checking if there's anything new for you to upgrade. As soon as it finds something, it'll show a notification to let you know about it (for Archers only):
http://jjacky.com/kalu/

by Panzer on 9. January 2014 - 8:55  (113495)

"... ICEcoder is an open-source browser code editor, which provides a modern approach to building websites. By allowing you to code directly within the web browser, online or offline, it means you only need one program (your browser) to develop sites, plus can test on actual web servers ... Conversely, ICEcoder is lightweight (under 1.2mb including all plugins) and boots in seconds (often 1-2s). Oh, and it's also free ...":
http://icecoder.net/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 9:06  (113401)

"... Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments. With an easy-to-use workflow and focus on automation, Vagrant lowers development environment setup time, increases development/production parity, and makes the "works on my machine" excuse a relic of the past ...":
http://www.vagrantup.com/about.html

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