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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 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/

by Panzer on 20. May 2013 - 11:56  (107886)

2ManDVD is a program to simplify the creation of DVD-Video:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/2ManDVD-45319.shtml

OGMRip:

Features:

* transcodes from DVD or files
* outputs OGM, AVI, MP4, or Matroska files
* supports a lot of codecs (Vorbis, MP3, PCM, AC3, DTS, AAC, XviD, LAVC, X264, Theora)
* calculates video bitrate for a given file size
* autodetects cropping parameters and scaling factors
* supports multiple audio and subtitles streams encoding
* extracts subtitles in SRT or VobSub format
* uses maximum quality codecs switches
* rips contiguous chapters
* supports external audio (PCM, MP3, AC3, DTS, AAC, Vorbis) and subtitles (MicroDVD, SubRip, SRT, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, PJS, MPSub, AQT, JacoSub, VobSub) files
* provides customisable encoding profiles
* is extensible through plugins

http://ogmrip.sourceforge.net/en/index.html

by Panzer on 14. May 2013 - 8:10  (107737)

"... LiVES is a Video Editing System. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features ...":
http://lives.sourceforge.net/

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