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Best Free Web Browser for Linux
  • Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox

    "Firefox is safer and browses a tad faster than Internet Explorer (for Windows), very stable and more standards compliant, rich in features such as Private browsing, tabbed browsing and over 2000 free extensions (add-ons) that allow you to customize your experience. It provides the most flexibility, expandability, and features of any browser to date." (Review)

  • Google Chrome

    "Extremely fast, simple and intuitive interface, Incognito Mode won't leave traces of browser history, capable of creating Application Shortcuts to specific pages on the web." (Review)

  • Opera

    "In addition to being a top rate web browser, it also has a great email client, RSS reader, newsgroup reader, and IRC Chat client." (Review)

 

Best Free Email Client for Linux
  • Mozilla Thunderbird

    "Customizable and expandable through add-ons, intuitive user interface." (Review)

  • Evolution: Provides integrated mail, address book and calendar, matches most other email programs in features and functionality.

 

Best Free Download Manager for Linux
  • UgetUget

    "A cross-platform program designed to be simple, lightweight and easy to use. It's an open source application written in GTK+. Debian and RPM packages are readily available for download and installation.

    The program supports pause, resume and queue downloads, and classification of download files, monitors clipboard and integrates with Firefox browser via FlashGot plugin." (Review)

  • FlareGet

    FlareGet applies a dynamic file segmentation algorithm to speed up downloads and http-pipelining to further accelerate each segment. It's equipped with a queue manager, scheduler, batch downloader and flash video grabber.

    Useful features include dynamic and intelligent file management, enhanced browser integration, resume, multi-protocol and mirror supports, speed limits, etc. The free version supports up to four parallel connections per download.

  • FatRat

    An open source and feature rich download manager built on top of Qt4 library, supports HTTP(S) or FTP downloads, FTP uploads, BitTorrent (including torrent search and creating, DHT, UPnP, encryption), SOCKS5 and HTTP proxies. Other features include RSS feed with special functions for TV shows and podcasts, hash computing, RapidShare.com downloads, uploads, link verification, folder extraction and more.

 

Best Free BitTorrent Client for Linux
  • Vuze (formerly Azureus)

    "Cross platform, informative interface, wide variety of plugins, excellent support and the Vuze platform of legal content that downloads at high speeds." (Review)

  • Tixati

    "Performs excellently, easy on system resources, has an appealing and useful interface and has no ads or toolbar on install." (Review)

  • Transmission

    An easy-to-use yet powerful BitTorrent client with an intuitive interface and low memory footprint. The default settings just work but you can take a few clicks to configure advanced features such as watch directories, limit download and upload speed, bad peer blocklists, the web interface and more.

 

Best Free File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Client for Linux
  • FireFTP

    "A cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox, easy to use, small, fast, feature packed, frequent updates and new features." (Review)

  • FileZilla

    "If you use a browser other than Firefox or require advanced functionality not found in FireFTP, then this is one of great standalone applications, easy to use, feature rich, includes site manager functions." (Review)

 

Best Free Instant Messaging Client for Linux
  • Pidgin

    "Supports AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr IM networks, available for multiple platforms, simple user interface, functional and lack of popups." (Review)

 

Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for Linux
  • Skype

    Make Skype-to-Skype conference calls or see each other with one-to-one video calls for free. You can also send text messages, documents, video clips or photos to your friends and relatives using this application. More advanced features are available but not all services are free.

 

Best Free RSS Feed Reader or Aggregator for Linux
  • LifereaLiferea

    Liferea, an abbreviation for Linux Feed Reader, comes with distinguishing features like Google Reader and Tiny Tiny RSS sync, Google Reader labels, permanently saving headlines in news bins and reading articles when you are offline.

    Other functionality includes optional pop-up notification of new items, news items with headline, image and summary, as well as other settings in user preferences.

 

Best Free Remote Access Software for Linux
  • TeamViewerTeamViewer

    "An excellent remote control product that allows you to connect to any PC over the internet and drive it as if you were sitting in front of it.

    The software is said to have been downloaded more than 60 million times so far, and is widely praised by a number of users of Gizmo's Freeware. Another handy feature is that your grandma won't need admin privileges to run the client application, so making the connection to her PC is going to be pretty easy." (Review)

 

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by Panzer on 18. March 2013 - 9:42  (106346)

dtrx is a tool for that takes all the hassle out of extracting archives:

Features:

* Handles many archive types: You only need to remember one simple command to extract tar, zip, cpio, deb, rpm, gem, 7z, cab, lzh, rar, gz, bz2, lzma, xz, and many kinds of exe files, including Microsoft Cabinet archives, InstallShield archives, and self-extracting zip files. If they have any extra compression, like tar.bz2 files, dtrx will take care of that for you, too.
* Keeps everything organized: dtrx will make sure that archives are extracted into their own dedicated directories.
* Sane permissions: dtrx makes sure you can read and write all the files you just extracted, while leaving the rest of the permissions intact.
* Recursive extraction: dtrx can find archives inside the archive and extract those too.

http://brettcsmith.org/2007/dtrx/

by Panzer on 12. March 2013 - 9:35  (106159)

Notepadqq - A Notepad++ clone for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/notepadqq/

by Jojo Yee on 12. March 2013 - 13:21  (106167)

It's still a pre-alpha at version 0.13.0. See also this note by the developer.

by Panzer on 12. March 2013 - 9:21  (106157)

OCHD (1/43 on Virus Total):

Features:

-Download acceleration (AKA multi-part) whenever possible (up to 40 connections per file).
-HTTP links support (direct download).
-Resume download support whenever possible.
-Global download speed limit.
-Slot limit (up to 20 slots) for simultaneous downloads.
-Automatic retry on download fail.
-File list Drag&Drop (Ctrl+Click, Shift+Click or Shift+up and down arrow keys)
-Lightweight: you can add thousands of links.
-HTTP Proxy support.
-History.
-Automatic Extract/Uncompress files.
-IP Renewer.
-Automatic system shutdown.
-Clipboard monitor.

http://ochdownloader.com/

by Panzer on 9. March 2013 - 10:23  (106075)
by Panzer on 6. March 2013 - 9:18  (105985)

"... Tomahawk is a music player that fundamentally changes the way music is consumed and shared. It decouples the name of the song from the source it was shared from - and fulfills the request using all of your available sources ...":
http://www.tomahawk-player.org/

by Panzer on 28. February 2013 - 9:29  (105814)

SMath Studio - mathematical program with "paper"-like interface and numerous computing features (now with integrated mathematical reference book):
http://en.smath.info/forum/yaf_postst1447_SMath-Studio-0-95-4594--30-Jul...

by Panzer on 26. February 2013 - 8:48  (105762)

CodeBlocks is a free C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users. It is designed to be very extensible and fully configurable:
http://www.codeblocks.org/

by Panzer on 23. February 2013 - 8:23  (105681)

completeme is a python script that'll allow you to auto-complete filenames and launch them in an editor:
https://pypi.python.org/pypi/completeme

Alchemy (beta) is an open drawing project aimed at exploring how we can sketch, draw, and create on computers in new ways:
http://al.chemy.org/

by Panzer on 22. February 2013 - 9:16  (105654)

One Late Night is a short immersive horror-game experience, starring an unnamed graphic designer employee, working late one night at the office, until strange things start to happen:
http://www.moddb.com/games/one-late-night

by Panzer on 22. February 2013 - 8:52  (105653)

Data Visualization is a free generic cross platform and cross db reporting tool.

You can easily create report layout and import data from almost any data base (Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebird, MS SQL Server, IBM DB2, Interbase, SQLite, Sybase, Amazon SimpleDB, KDB+, Apache Derby, HSQLDB) or from external files and create hundreds of documents in whatever format you want (PDF, HTML, XLS(X), XML, CSV, RTF, DOCX, LaTeX, JSON, YAML, etc):
https://sites.google.com/site/datavisualizationapplication/home

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 10:27  (105637)

PoxNora is a collectible, turn-based, tactical, online fantasy game. Players command armies of fantastic creatures, cast spells of devastating power, and summon relics and equipment of ancient renown in order to defeat their opponents:
http://poxnora.station.sony.com/index.do

FoFiX is a fork of Frets On Fire:
http://code.google.com/p/fofix/

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 10:12  (105635)

Nikki and the Robots Free Version 1.0 is a 2D platformer game with a cute protagonist, various robots and diverse levels. It combines modern gameplay — including simulated physics and wall-jumping — with innovative überpixel retro style (download can be found under the picture):
http://joyridelabs.de/game/

by Panzer on 21. February 2013 - 9:10  (105632)

Ostinato is an open-source, cross-platform network packet crafter/traffic generator and analyzer with a friendly GUI. It aims to be "Wireshark in Reverse" and become complementary to Wireshark:
http://code.google.com/p/ostinato/

by Panzer on 20. February 2013 - 9:15  (105569)

"... Xonotic is a free and fast-paced first person shooter. It combines addictive, arena-style gameplay with rapid movement and a wide array of weapons ...":
http://www.xonotic.org/

"... Kernel Panic is a game about computers. Systems, Hackers and Networks wage war in a matrix of DOOM ...":
http://springrts.com/wiki/Kernel_Panic

by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 10:53  (105518)

NeonView - lightweight image viewer:
http://www.tuxarena.com/neonview/

by Panzer on 18. February 2013 - 9:18  (105516)

Textroom is a free full screen rich text editor developed with especially writers in mind:
http://textroom.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 13. February 2013 - 10:03  (105368)

"... Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands ...":
http://vifm.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vifm/

by Panzer on 12. February 2013 - 9:43  (105334)

Rapid Photo Downloader - photo and video downloader:

Features:

* Generates meaningful, user configurable file and folder names
* Downloads photos and videos from multiple devices simultaneously
* Backs up photos and videos as they are downloaded
* Is carefully optimized to download and back up at high speed
* Easy to configure and use
* Runs under Gnome, KDE and other Linux desktop environments
* Available in thirty languages
* Program configuration and use is fully documented

http://www.damonlynch.net/rapid/

by Panzer on 9. February 2013 - 8:28  (105224)

Everpad - Evernote client well integrated with linux desktop:

Client has:

* unity lens
* indicator applet
* unity launcher

Client support:

* notes
* tags
* notebooks
* resources
* places
* en-* tags

https://github.com/nvbn/everpad#readme

by Panzer on 2. February 2013 - 10:00  (105052)

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free multiplayer & singleplayer first person shooter, the successor of the Cube FPS:
http://sauerbraten.org/

Other games from the same developer:
http://cubeengine.com/

by Panzer on 30. January 2013 - 10:23  (104966)

Bombermaaan - A classic Bomberman game with multiplayer support:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bombermaaan/

Unvanquished is an open-source first-person shooter combining real-time strategy elements with a futuristic, sci-fi setting:
http://www.unvanquished.net/

Mega Mario:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mmario/?source=directory

The Bub's Brothers:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bub-n-bros/?source=directory

Cubosphere:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cubosphere/

FreeOrion is an open source, turn-based space empire and galactic conquest (4X) computer game:
http://www.freeorion.org/index.php/Main_Page

by Panzer on 30. January 2013 - 10:17  (104963)

Open Sonic is an open-source game based on the "Sonic the Hedgehog" universe. It introduces a different style of gameplay called cooperative play, in which it's possible to control 3 characters simultaneously. Unlike most similar games, Open Sonic provides a greater level of interaction between the player and the levels. It's more than just a jump'n'run; the user must come up with some strategy in order to get through the levels:
http://opensnc.sourceforge.net/home/index.php

LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/lincity-ng.berlios/

by Panzer on 29. January 2013 - 8:46  (104911)
by Panzer on 25. January 2013 - 10:45  (104802)

King Arthur's Gold Free Version - 2D Strategy:
http://kag2d.com/en/

by Panzer on 25. January 2013 - 9:22  (104799)

Citadel

Features:

* Email, calendaring, address books, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and more … all in one tightly integrated server package. Unlike other open source groupware systems, all of Citadel's data stores are built-in. All that tedious mucking about with dependencies and config files is a thing of the past.
* High-performance, multiprotocol, multithreaded server engine
* Wiki and blog engines built in. Citadel is a collaboration server and a content management system!
* Web browser, telnet/SSH, local client software accessible
* Standards-compliant e-mail built in: IMAP, POP3, ESMTP
* Group calendaring and scheduling (WebDAV, GroupDAV, and Kolab-1 compatible)
* Built-in listserv (mailing list server)
* Integrated server-side mail sorting and filtering. Users can choose between an easy-to-use web based rules editor, or the power of writing complex scripts using the industry standard Sieve language.
* Support for push e-mail and mobile devices
* Database-driven, single-instance message store
* Built-in full text index for fast searching
* Authenticated SMTP for remote email submission
* Multiple domain support
* Built-in integration with perimiter email filtering technologies such as Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBL's), SpamAssassin, and ClamAV antivirus
* Server-to-server replication. Users in any number of domains can be spread out across any number of Citadel servers, allowing you to put data where you need it, and enabling infinite horizontal scalability.
* Web-based access to email, calendars, and everything else through a powerful AJAX-style front end
* Very strong support for “public folders” and message forums.
* Built-in instant messenger service
* SSL/TLS encryption for all protocols
* Citadel is true open source software. Unlike other groupware servers, it isn't a cut-down version of an expensive proprietary “pro” version. We make our very best work available to everyone on the same terms. 100% of our code is covered by the GNU General Public License (GPL3).

http://www.citadel.org/doku.php/doku.php?id=start

by Panzer on 24. January 2013 - 9:01  (104773)

Mari0 - Mario game with Portal gun mechanics:
http://stabyourself.net/mari0/

Ortho Robot is a perspective based puzzle game, where you flatten the view to move across gaps. Your objective is to reach the ending green block (either by standing directly on it or standing on it in relative space). For some extra challenge, try to collect all coins and perfect your time, steps and number of warps:
http://stabyourself.net/orthorobot/

Ever wondered how Pacman would be like with physics? No? Well, it's revolutionary. This mashup of "Not" and "Pacman" puts The Pac and the Ghosts in a in a Pacworld cage, at mercy of gravity and the level's shape, controlled solely by you. Ghosts still don't like you very much, so you should be careful to make Pacman avoid them:
http://stabyourself.net/notpacman/

by Panzer on 21. January 2013 - 10:04  (104694)

xvidcap is a screen capture enabling you to capture videos off yourX-Window desktop for illustration or documentation purposes:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xvidcap/

by Panzer on 19. January 2013 - 9:28  (104637)

Red Rogue - a side-scrolling roguelike-like computer game:
http://redrogue.net/

by Panzer on 17. January 2013 - 10:05  (104561)

Extreme Tux Racer is an open-source downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux mascot:
http://extremetuxracer.com/

FooBillard - free 3D OpenGL billard game:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/foobillard/

BomberClone:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bomberclone/

KBounce is a single player arcade game with the elements of puzzle. It is played on a field, surrounded by wall, with two or more balls that move about in the field bouncing off of walls. The player can build new walls, decreasing the size of active field:
http://games.kde.org/game.php?game=kbounce

LBreakout2:
http://lgames.sourceforge.net/index.php?project=LBreakout2

Pipewalker - This is a puzzle game in which you need to combine the components into a single circuit: connect all computers to a network server, bring water to the taps, etc:
http://pipewalker.sourceforge.net/

Berusky is a 2D logic game:
http://anakreon.cz/?q=node/1

Crack Attack!:
http://www.aluminumangel.org/attack/#screen%20shots

Regnum Online:
http://www.regnumonlinegame.com/

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