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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 15. July 2013 - 8:48  (109251)

TIPP10 is a free 10-finger touch typing tutor:
http://www.tipp10.com/en/

by Panzer on 3. July 2013 - 9:16  (108938)

fre:ac is a free audio converter and CD ripper for various formats and encoders. It features MP3, MP4/M4A, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC, and Bonk format support, integrates freedb/CDDB, CDText and ID3v2 tagging and is available in several languages:
http://www.freac.org/index.php/en/homepage-mainmenu-1

by Panzer on 2. July 2013 - 9:23  (108900)

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics:
http://www.r-project.org/

by Panzer on 2. July 2013 - 9:18  (108899)

selfoss is a multipurpose RSS reader, live stream, mashup, and aggregation Web application:
https://github.com/SSilence/selfoss
http://selfoss.aditu.de/

Go Read is a web-based RSS reader:
http://www.goread.io/

by Panzer on 2. July 2013 - 8:12  (108898)

YaRock is an open source music player app written in C++ and Qt, providing a clean, beautiful and simple music collection based on album cover art:
https://launchpad.net/yarock
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/YaRock-97586.shtml

by Panzer on 24. June 2013 - 7:38  (108694)

Calise is a Free/Open Source Python 2.x program that calculates ambient brightness and sets screen’s correct backlight using a camera:
http://calise.sourceforge.net/wordpress/

by Panzer on 24. June 2013 - 7:36  (108693)

Instant Server - get a virtual private server:

"... Specs
Ubuntu 13.04, 64-bit, 614 MiB of RAM, 8 GiB storage. It’s an ec2 micro instance.

What’s the catch?
The server gets destroyed after 35 minutes.

When would I use this?

Among other reasons, perhaps:
- You need another computer to test something quickly
- You need to install and use a utility for one thing, and don’t want to clutter your own environment
- You need a vanilla environment to get something to build and run properly
- You need Linux but accidentally used Windows ...":

http://instantserver.io/

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:49  (108592)

"... Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server ...":
http://duplicity.nongnu.org/

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:42  (108590)

fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family.

Features:

- Autosuggestions
- Glorious VGA Color
- Sane Scripting
- Web Based configuration
- Man Page Completions
- Works Out Of The Box

http://fishshell.com/

by Panzer on 19. June 2013 - 8:07  (108586)

"... Obnam is an easy, secure backup program. Backups can be stored on local hard disks, or online via the SSH SFTP protocol. The backup server, if used, does not require any special software, on top of SSH.

Some features that may interest you:

* Snapshot backups. Every generation looks like a complete snapshot, so you don't need to care about full versus incremental backups, or rotate real or virtual tapes.
* Data de-duplication, across files, and backup generations. If the backup repository already contains a particular chunk of data, it will be re-used, even if it was in another file in an older backup generation. This way, you don't need to worry about moving around large files, or modifying them. (However, the current implementation has some limitations: see dedup).
* Encrypted backups, using GnuPG ...":

http://liw.fi/obnam/

by Panzer on 17. June 2013 - 7:37  (108565)

FireBox - A 3D Internet Browser supporting the Oculus Rift:
http://www.dgp.toronto.edu/~mccrae/projects/firebox/

by Panzer on 11. June 2013 - 8:32  (108458)

The Courier mail transfer agent (MTA) is an integrated mail/groupware server based on open commodity protocols such as ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, LDAP, SSL, and HTTP. Courier provides ESMTP, IMAP, POP3, Webmail, calendaring, and mailing list services:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/courier/

by Panzer on 10. June 2013 - 11:09  (108438)

PDFtk Server is a command-line tool for working with PDFs:
http://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/

PDFtk Server can:

- Merge PDF Documents or Collate PDF Page Scans
- Split PDF Pages into a New Document
- Rotate PDF Documents or Pages
- Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
- Encrypt Output as Desired
- Fill PDF Forms with X/FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
- Generate FDF Data Stencils from PDF Forms
- Apply a Background Watermark or a Foreground Stamp
- Report PDF Metrics, Bookmarks and Metadata
- Add/Update PDF Bookmarks or Metadata
- Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
- Unpack PDF Attachments
- Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
- Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
- Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)

http://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/

by Panzer on 10. June 2013 - 10:51  (108437)

SimpleScreenRecorder:

Features:

* Graphical user interface (Qt-based).
* Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.
* Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).
* Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).
* Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).
* Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.
* Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).
* Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, ...).
* Can show a preview during recording, so you don't waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.
* Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).
* Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don't want to.
* Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.

http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/

by Panzer on 10. June 2013 - 8:32  (108434)

Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities. It uses strong authentication which means that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, and it aims to hide "non-content" data, like the sender and receiver of messages, from passive eavesdroppers like those running warrantless wiretapping programs:
https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Main_Page
https://bitmessage.org/wiki/Compiling_instructions

by Panzer on 4. June 2013 - 8:55  (108260)

NCurses Music Player Client (Plus Plus) - featureful ncurses based MPD client inspired by ncmpc

Main new features:

* tag editor
* playlist editor
* easy to use search engine
* media library
* music visualizer
* ability to fetch artist info from last.fm
* new display mode
* alternative user interface
* ability to browse and add files from outside of MPD music directory

... and a lot more minor convenient functions:

http://ncmpcpp.rybczak.net/

by Panzer on 4. June 2013 - 8:36  (108259)

Fastwiki is an Offline wikipedia software:
http://fastwiki.qwrite.info/en/index.html

by CorporalPunishment on 31. May 2013 - 3:02  (108170)

Missing categories is more interesting to me than disputes over which game is truly the best.

Best RPG? Perhaps 0ad
Best Sim game? Perhaps Micropolis
Best Tower Defense game? Perhaps CreepTD
Best Racing game? Perhaps TORCS

"Best" is sufficiently subjective that I think you ought to add an Honorable Mention list for those games not the "best" but competitive.

I do appreciate the list and read it every time it comes out. I never fail to find something I'm interested in trying. Thanks for your work.

by Jojo Yee on 31. May 2013 - 6:58  (108173)

Good suggestions CorporalPunishment. TORCS has been reviewed by editor George J. and is now added to this list as well. Other suggested games will be looked into.

by Panzer on 29. May 2013 - 8:40  (108120)

Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like:
http://minetest.net/

by Jojo Yee on 31. May 2013 - 7:03  (108174)

Thanks Panzer for the many suggestions. I'll try them out one by one once I get time.

by Panzer on 29. May 2013 - 8:18  (108117)

Pinot is a D-Bus service that crawls, indexes your documents and monitors them for changes, and a GTK-based user interface that enables to query the index built by the service and your favourite Web engines, and display and analyse the results:
http://code.google.com/p/pinot-search/

by Panzer on 29. May 2013 - 7:55  (108116)

marathon is a minimal bash/unix based launcher that tries to be smart about running or focusing apps:
https://github.com/ronjouch/marathon

Freelan - multi-platform, highly-configurable and peer-to-peer VPN software:
http://www.freelan.org/
http://www.freelan.org/page/faq#comparison_grid

by Panzer on 28. May 2013 - 10:22  (108096)

dwb is a lightweight web browser based on the webkit web browser engine and the gtk toolkit. dwb is highly customizable and can be easily configured through a web interface. It intends to be mostly keyboard driven, inspired by firefox's vimperator plugin.

Features:

- vi-like shortcuts
- Link following via keyboard hints
- Bookmarks
- Quickmarks
- Cookie support, whitelisting of cookies
- Proxy support
- Userscript support
- Tab completion for history, bookmarks, userscripts
- Custom stylesheets
- Javascript blocker with whitelisting support
- Flash plugin blocker with whitelisting support
- Adblocking with filterlists
- Webinterface for keyboard and settings configuration
- Custom commands, binding commandsequences to shortcuts
- Extendable via extensions/scripts
- Extension manager

http://portix.bitbucket.org/dwb/

by Panzer on 28. May 2013 - 10:09  (108092)

Midnight Commander is a visual file manager. It's a feature rich full-screen text mode application that allows you to copy, move and delete files and whole directory trees, search for files and run commands in the subshell. Internal viewer and editor are included:
http://www.midnight-commander.org/

by Panzer on 28. May 2013 - 7:13  (108088)

mpg123 is a real time MPEG 1.0/2.0/2.5 audio player/decoder for layers 1,2 and 3:
http://www.mpg123.de/

by Panzer on 27. May 2013 - 8:07  (108062)

EqualX LaTeX Equation Editor:
http://equalx.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 27. May 2013 - 7:41  (108061)

NitroShare - a network file-sharing application that makes sending a file to another machine on the local network as easy as dragging-and-dropping:
https://launchpad.net/nitroshare

by Panzer on 22. May 2013 - 9:04  (107949)

Freeciv has moved to HTML5 - now you can you play it right in your browser:
http://play.freeciv.org/

by Panzer on 21. May 2013 - 9:55  (107921)

traGtor - Convert all your Audio and Videofiles in Ubuntu, Debian or Gentoo through FFmpeg without using a terminal:
http://mein-neues-blog.de/tragtor-gui-for-ffmpeg/

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