Best Free Software for Linux

Best Free Photos & Graphics for Linux

Best Free CAD Program for Linux

Sweet Home 3DSweet Home 3D is sure to tickle every bone in your body. You can model your dream home, along with all of its cherished appointments, and then watch it come to life. You can start simple with just the bare walls or import an image of your intended floor plan to serve as a basis for the design-to-be.

The user interface is as intuitive as it gets; drag and drop furnishings from the built-in catalog onto your floor plan. Clear graphic handles then make it easy to edit the items. Once you've finished your home design and tweaked every niche and corner to your liking, the fun has only just begun. (Review)


BlenderBlender , a complete software package for 3D modeling, texturing, rendering, animation and physics. It has a complex but merciful user interface, and the entire repertoire of its capabilities are made available through a scripting language, so the creation of 3D games beckons.

The software can import from and export to more than 20 different file formats. There is a large and growing community of Blender users who've already contributed numerous add-on scripts that can make your going easier. If it can be imagined then it can be realized, with Blender freeware. (Review)


Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software for Linux

Luminance HDRLuminance HDR (previously known as Qtpfsgui) is an open source graphical user interface program and a high quality application to provide a workflow for high dynamic range imaging.

It has great tone-mapping and aligning facilities, allowing for 8, 16 and 32 bit channels and two means of manually manipulating the image.


Best Free Image Editor for Linux

Luminance HDRGIMP , currently the only freeware package I am aware of that can be called an advanced image editor.

If you are inexperienced at using image editing programs GIMP will likely be too overwhelming to start learning on as it has a steeper learning curve but it is feature rich. It has lots of advanced features and can do almost everything the Photoshop can do.

Its multi-windowed interface makes it a little unusual if you're used to a windows program. (Review)


Pinta , a simplified alternative to GIMP and modelled after the popular Windows program Paint.Net, Pinta is good for average users and includes most basic features including common drawing tools, resizing and cropping, adjustments and effects for tweaking images as well as supports for multiple layers.


Best Free Image Stitcher for Linux

Hugin , a GUI front-end of Panorama Tools allows you to stitch overlapping digital photos taken from the same location into a complete panorama, with advanced features and workflow options such as correction of exposure and white balance, generate HDR, supporting a full range of cameras and lenses, multiple rows of photos, cropping, masking, control points, optimizer and more.


Best Free Image Viewer for Linux

XnViewMP , a multi-platform and enhanced version of XnView, is a media or graphic browser and viewer available both in 32 and 64 bit versions, with speed-optimized loading, improved caching and multi-core processing. It also has a powerful batch image converter built-in.

Provided free for private and educational use, this app supports more than 500 formats in reading and export to about 70 different file formats.


Best Free Paint Program for Linux

MyPaintMyPaint , designed for pressure sensitive graphics tablets, MyPaint allows you to use a large collection of brushes including charcoal and ink to emulate real media, with color changers and opacity controls, unlimited canvas and basic layer support.

You can also download and import more brush packages for use with the application.


Krita , a user-friendly and feature-rich sketching and painting application for raster images, complete with real-world painting materials and workflows, multiple brush engines, blending and wrap-around modes, advanced selection and masking tools, symmetry tools, drawing aids, filters, effects, layer and color management.


Best Free Photo Organizer for Linux

digiKam , a digital photo management program designed to import, organize, enhance, search and export image files. With this you can add comments and tags to albums, view and edit items, create slideshows and calendars, and share your creations.


Phototonic , an image viewer and organizer to load thumbnails and browse images on a folder tree. Some key features include image navigation, file management, slideshow, transformation, adjustment, display image info and metadata, rotate images based on the Exif orientation tag, find and manage duplicate images, etc.

No executable package is readily available but general instructions to compile the program code and create the executable are given on the developer's homepage.


Best Free QR Code Generator and Decoder for Linux

QtQRQtQR , a graphical frond-end for python-qrtools allows you to easily create and decode QR codes, supporting URL and other data type, configurable pixel and margin sizes, error correction, and save QR Codes in png format.

You can also use it to decode a QR image from a file on your computer or captured on a Webcam. (Note: Install python-qrtools in your system before installing QtQR; both debian and rpm packages are available.)


Best Free Vector Graphics Editor for Linux

Inkscape , a top product enhanced by an excellent user interface and the impressive set of tutorials, helps wean the user away from the world of digital images to the nodes, lines, curves and shapes that form the basis of vector editing. (Review)

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by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:39  (119104) - Command-line file sharing:

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:37  (119103)

git-sh - a customized bash shell suitable for git work:

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 8:37  (119102)

"... Are you looking for a command that you used recently? Do you want to avoid the need to write long commands over and over again despite you used them recently? Are you looking for a tool that is able to manage your favorite commands?

HSTR is a command line utility that brings improved BASH command completion from the history. It aims to make completion easier and more efficient than Ctrl-r ...":

by Panzer on 10. October 2014 - 7:41  (119099)

"... OpenAxiom is an open source platform for symbolic, algebraic, and numerical computations. It offers an interactive environment, an expressive programming language, a compiler, a large set of mathematical libraries of interest to researchers and practitioners of computational sciences.

OpenAxiom strives to support ubiquitous, advanced, high quality open source computer algebra on major operating systems, in particular major Unix variants, GNU/Linux variants, Windows, and handheld devices. It aims at being the open source computer algebra system of choice for research, teaching, engineering, etc. ...":

by Panzer on 9. October 2014 - 8:36  (119062)

The Lazarus IDE is a stable and feature rich visual programming environment for the FreePascal Compiler. It supports the creation of self-standing graphical and console applications and runs on Linux, FreeBSD, MacOSX and Windows:

Python - programming language:

by Panzer on 9. October 2014 - 8:29  (119061)

"... TreePad Lite for Linux is a freeware personal information manager designed specifically to run on Linux (PC and Raspberry Pi). It supports Unicode, is fully portable, and does not need to be installed ...":

by Panzer on 9. October 2014 - 8:27  (119060)

"... Turbobird is a Firebird Administration tool. It enables you to create new Firebird databases, create/modify tables, procedures, views, triggers, generators, roles, UDFs, Domains, and much more. Turbo Bird application is very easy to install and to use ...":

by Panzer on 9. October 2014 - 8:24  (119059)
by Panzer on 9. October 2014 - 8:18  (119057)

dmMediaConverter is a crossplatform FFmpeg frontend (GUI) exposing some of its features. It is intended to be simple and easy to use but also to be able to achieve complex tasks:

by mdalacu on 3. November 2014 - 13:17  (119448)

The Best! :-)

by Panzer on 8. October 2014 - 9:19  (119036)

Firejail is a SUID security sandbox program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications using Linux namespaces. It allows a process and all its descendants to have their own private view of the globally shared kernel resources, such as the network stack, process table, mount table:

by Panzer on 8. October 2014 - 9:18  (119035)

Logstalgia is a website traffic visualization that replays or streams web-server access logs as a pong-like battle between the web server and an never ending torrent of requests:

by Panzer on 30. September 2014 - 9:31  (118877)

uselessd is a project to reduce systemd to a base initd, process supervisor and transactional dependency system, while minimizing intrusiveness and isolationism. Basically, it’s systemd with the superfluous stuff cut out, a (relatively) coherent idea of what it wants to be, support for non-glibc platforms and an approach that aims to minimize complicated design:

by Panzer on 30. September 2014 - 9:09  (118876)

Observium is an autodiscovering network monitoring platform supporting a wide range of hardware platforms and operating systems including Cisco, Windows, Linux, HP, Juniper, Dell, FreeBSD, Brocade, Netscaler, NetApp and many more. Observium seeks to provide a powerful yet simple and intuitive interface to the health and status of your network:

Zabbix is the ultimate enterprise-level software designed for monitoring availability and performance of IT infrastructure components:

Munin is a networked resource monitoring tool that can help analyze resource trends and "what just happened to kill our performance?" problems. It is designed to be very plug and play. A default installation provides a lot of graphs with almost no work:

Cacti is a complete network graphing solution designed to harness the power of RRDTool's data storage and graphing functionality. Cacti provides a fast poller, advanced graph templating, multiple data acquisition methods, and user management features out of the box. All of this is wrapped in an intuitive, easy to use interface that makes sense for LAN-sized installations up to complex networks with hundreds of devices:

Icinga - user-focused monitoring:

by Panzer on 24. September 2014 - 8:03  (118770)

"... Atraci is an application for Windows, Mac and Linux that lets you listen instantly to more than 60 million songs ...":

by Panzer on 24. September 2014 - 7:57  (118769)

pianobar is a free/open-source, console-based client for the personalized online radio Pandora:

by Panzer on 23. September 2014 - 9:27  (118748)

Shorewall firewall:

Vuurmuur is a powerful firewall manager for Linux/iptables. Vuurmuur supports traffic shaping and live monitoring. It has an easy to learn configuration that allows both simple and complex configurations, and can be fully configured through the Ncurses GUI:

by Panzer on 23. September 2014 - 8:56  (118745)

Angry IP Scanner (or simply ipscan) is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use:

Snorby is a ruby on rails web application for network security monitoring that interfaces with current popular intrusion detection systems (Snort, Suricata and Sagan):

by Panzer on 17. September 2014 - 8:32  (118635)

Xiki - a shell console with GUI features:

by Panzer on 17. September 2014 - 7:45  (118631)

PredictionIO is an open source machine learning server for software developers to create predictive features, such as personalization, recommendation and content discovery:

by Panzer on 16. September 2014 - 8:21  (118606)

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. It sets up the appropriate environment for compatible backup packages and simplifies the process of running them:

by Panzer on 13. September 2014 - 7:26  (118560)

Puppet, an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems, performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification:

pinkerton is a standalone tool for working with Docker images:

Mustache is a logic-less templating system for HTML, config files, anything:

Chaos Monkey:

by Panzer on 13. September 2014 - 6:58  (118559)

Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh cloud computer into a working mail server:


by Panzer on 6. September 2014 - 7:09  (118415)

Pale Moon for Linux:

Double Commander:

X File Explorer (Xfe) is an MS-Explorer like file manager for X. It is based on the popular, but discontinued, X Win Commander, which was developed by Maxim Baranov:

tmux is a terminal multiplexer, it enables a number of terminals (or windows) to be accessed and controlled from a single terminal:

by George.J on 11. September 2014 - 13:30  (118513)

Double Commander is easily the best file manager for Linux :D Very similar to Unreal Commander.

by MidnightCowboy on 6. September 2014 - 7:41  (118416)

I use Pale Moon on Windows so must have a look at this. Thanks. :)

by Panzer on 6. September 2014 - 7:03  (118414)

Remarkable is a powerful markdown editor:

Sunflower file manager:

xorriso copies file objects from POSIX compliant filesystems into Rock Ridge enhanced ISO 9660 filesystems and allows session-wise manipulation of such filesystems:

"... Hugo is a general-purpose website framework. Technically speaking, Hugo is a static site generator. This means that unlike systems like WordPress, Ghost and Drupal which run on your web server expensively building a page every time a visitor requests one, Hugo does the building when you create your content. Since websites are viewed far more often then they are edited, Hugo is optimized for website viewing while providing a great writing experience ...":

"... MediaGoblin is a free software media publishing platform that anyone can run. You can think of it as a decentralized alternative to Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. ...":

by Panzer on 5. September 2014 - 7:56  (118395)

Tribler is an open source peer-to-peer decentralized client:

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:14  (118265)

Limoo - a minimalist image viewer:

by Panzer on 29. August 2014 - 8:12  (118264)

"... QWinFF is a GUI for FFmpeg, a powerful command-line media converter. FFmpeg can read audio and video files in various formats and convert them into other formats. QWinFF provides an intuitive graphical interface and a rich set of presets to help you use ffmpeg easily without having to type a single command. Advanced users can also adjust conversion parameters like bitrate and sample rate in detail ..."

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