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Best Free Desktop and System for Linux
 
 

Best Free Cleanup and Tuning for Linux

BleachBitBleachBit , a system tool allows you to preview and delete unnecessary files to free up your valuable disk space, maintain privacy, and remove hidden junk. It deletes cache, cookies, Internet history, logs, temporary files, broken shortcuts, and wipes clean 70 applications and more.

 

GtkOrphan , an orphaned libraries remover to analyse the status of your installations, looks for orphaned libraries and adds package-removal capability. A GUI front-end to Deborphan for Debian systems.

 

Best Free Color Picker for Linux

gcolor2 , quick and easy to pick a color, supports HSV, RGB and HTML codes with an opacity slider, color grabber, allows for naming and saving picked colors. (Review)

 

Recoll , an open source program and a powerful tool allows you to search instantly most common document types, emails and their attachments after indexing your home directory by default. You can configure additional areas for indexing and install supporting packages to include file types that are not indexed natively by the tool as well.

 

Best Free Font Manager for Linux

FontmatrixFontmatrix is the largest and most complex application and runs on a wider range of platforms with more high-end features. Some of these features are not available in any of other programs.

You can activate fonts in tagged groups, view many sample texts in many languages, classify fonts using PANOSE, view and compare glyphs, find a font from a raster, extract fonts from PDF files, and test layouts in a free-form playground. (Review)

 

Font Manager allows you to easily manage fonts installed in your Linux system. You can preview and compare installed fonts, activate and de-activate installed fonts, install new fonts or remove existing fonts, group fonts into collections and export them to an archive for backup and sharing.

 

Best Free Grub Customizer for Linux

Grub Customizer , a graphical user interface to re-arrange, rename or hide boot menu entries, set a default operating system to boot on a multi-boot device, customize the appearance as well as adjust other settings of Grub (GRand Unified Bootloader).

 

Best Free Program Launcher for Linux

Launchy , a top product in the keyword search class, easy to understand, simple to configure, extend and use. It's open source and has a really small memory footprint. You can use it not only to launch applications, but also run your media player with a specific MP3 file, have your browser open on a specific bookmark and more. (Review)

 

GNOME Do , type and search the items on your computer or on the web and the program helps you perform the tasks directly and quickly with suggested actions to take. A large set of official and community plugins are available for making the program more powerful with even more task varieties.

 

Cairo-Dock , a pretty and light program allows you to launch your applications right away from the dock on your desktop, supporting useful features such as multi-docks, applets, themes and various settings to change the appearance and behavior of the program to your liking.

 

Best Free Screen Capture for Linux

ShutterShutter is like a swiss army knife for all screen capture tasks in Linux. It works better than Gnome-screenshot and KDE's KSnapshot.

You can use this program to capture desktop, window, child window and rectangular area, with many plugins for resize and special effects, delay capture, activate/deactivate window border and cursor, inbuilt drawing tools, linked to external editor and auto save. (Review)

 

Best Free Screen Session Recorder for Linux

recordMyDesktop , an easy-to-use and effective recorder to make screen recordings into free Ogg video format. It also offers the ability to record audio through ALSA mixer or other options. The frontend program gtk-recordMyDesktop and the ALSA mixer can be downloaded from some depositories including Ubuntu Software Center.

 

Best Free System Information Utility for Linux

I-Nex , similar to the application CPU-Z for Windows, gathers and displays information for hardware components on your system, including CPU, GPU, Motherboard, Audio, Drives, System, Linux Kernel, Memory, Network and USB devices plugged in. It also allows you to generate a report of the info and take a screenshot of the I-Nex window.

 

Best Free System Tools for Linux

PySDM , a Storage Device Manager allowing for full customization of hard disk mountpoints and creation of rules for dynamic configuration of storage devices. See also Auto Mount Drives at System Startup.

 

CCSM (CompizConfig Settings Manager) , a useful tool to configure the many plugins included in Compiz and Compiz Fusion for advanced desktop effects settings.

 

Best Free Wallpaper Changer for Linux

WallyWally , a good wallpaper changer allows for wallpaper positions to set to centered, tiled, center tiled, centered maxpert, tiled maxpert, scaled, center auto fit or scale and crop.

The program supports features such as time intervals, selecting images from local folders or online resources, displaying images' EXIF data in system tray tool-tip, saving downloaded photos and run-time folder change detection. (Review)

 

Variety is an open-source wallpaper changer packed with a variety of great features, such as automatically fetching wallpapers from your favorite folders or online sources, applying filters to the displayed wallpapers, matching wallpapers with color and size, showing random wise quotes and a configurable digital clock on the desktop. You can set Variety to change wallpaper on start or every fixed time interval.

 

DesktopNova , change your desktop wallpapers automatically based on a list of image files you've added, or even better, based on a list of folders and subfolders containing your favorite images. With this application, you can set wallpapers to change upon each login session or at every fixed time interval to your liking.

 

Webilder , rotate your wallpapers automatically from your collection at a time interval you set, and download new photos from Flickr or Webshots to your collection using tags or image type. Settings are available for different desktop environments such as GNOME3, GNOME, KDE and Xfce.

 

Best Free Windows API for Linux

Wine allows for running Windows applications on Linux and other operating systems, but without a copy of Windows. It's still under active development and not every program works yet.

 
 

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Vokoscreen - recording screencasts with audio:

http://www.kohaupt-online.de/hp/

 

"... Sysdig is open source, system-level exploration: capture system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze. Sysdig is scriptable in Lua and includes a command line interface and a powerful interactive UI, csysdig, that runs in your terminal. Think of sysdig as strace + tcpdump + htop + iftop + lsof + awesome sauce. With state of the art container visibility on top ...":

http://www.sysdig.org/

 

Speed Dreams is a 3d cross-platform, open source motorsport simulation and racing game:

http://www.speed-dreams.org/

 

"... Destination Sol ... Pilot your ship in the seamless open world made of space, planets, and more. Find new ships and equipment, find allies and beat all the enemies ...:"

http://store.steampowered.com/app/342980/

NINJA-IDE:
http://ninja-ide.org/

 

TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system:
https://www.tug.org/texlive/

 

X2Go enables you to access a graphical desktop of a computer over a low bandwidth (or high bandwidth) connection:

http://wiki.x2go.org/doku.php/doc:newtox2go

 

Compton is a lightweight, standalone composite manager, suitable for use with window managers that do not natively provide compositing functionality:

https://github.com/chjj/compton

 

easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/easystroke/

MuPDF - a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer:

http://mupdf.com/

 

"... Unison is a file-synchronization tool for OSX, Unix, and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other ...":

http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

 

"... Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries ...":

https://launchpad.net/noise

 

Audience - a modern video player that brings the lessons learned from the web home to the desktop:

https://launchpad.net/audience

 

gummi - simple LaTeX editor:

https://github.com/alexandervdm/gummi

youtube-viewer - a lightweight application for searching and streaming videos from YouTube:

https://github.com/trizen/youtube-viewer

https://code.google.com/p/trizen/

 

TypeCatcher allows you to search, browse, and download Google webfonts for off-line use:

https://launchpad.net/typecatcher

 

TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail:

https://github.com/linrunner/TLP

 

Lime Text is a powerful and elegant text editor primarily developed in Go that aims to be a Free and open-source software successor to Sublime Text:
http://limetext.org/

 

Diodon - GTK+ Clipboard Manager:

https://launchpad.net/diodon

"... The Silver Searcher is a tool for searching code. It started off as a clone of Ack, but their feature sets have since diverged slightly. In typical usage, Ag is 5-10x faster than Ack ...":

http://geoff.greer.fm/ag/

 

Ledger is a powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line:

http://www.ledger-cli.org/

 

get_iplayer - a utility for downloading TV and radio from BBC iPlayer:

https://github.com/get-iplayer/get_iplayer

 

pianobarfly is a console client for the personalized web radio Pandora:

https://github.com/nega0/pianobarfly

"... With Electron, creating a desktop application for your company or idea is easy ...":

http://electron.atom.io/

 

Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface:

http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu

 

Ring (formerly SFLphone) is a free distributed multimedia communication software:
http://www.ring.cx/

 

DuckieTV is a TV-show calendar:

http://schizoduckie.github.io/DuckieTV/

 

PhotoFlow - A fully non-destructive photo retouching program providing a complete layer-based workflow including RAW image development:

https://github.com/aferrero2707/PhotoFlow

 

The LaZagne project is an open source application used to retrieve lots of passwords stored on a local computer. Each software stores its passwords using different techniques (plaintext, APIs, custom algorithms, databases, etc.). This tool has been developed for the purpose of finding these passwords for the most commonly-used software:

https://github.com/AlessandroZ/LaZagne

 

quvi - The command-line-tool suite to access the flash media stream properties:

http://quvi.sourceforge.net/

 

MPFC is a gstreamer-based audio player with curses interface:

https://code.google.com/p/mpfc/

 

Rage media player:

https://phab.enlightenment.org/phame/live/1/post/rage_media_player_0_1_0...

 

"... xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks. In additional to providing a familiar mouse-based interface like other web browsers, it offers a set of vi-like keyboard commands for users who prefer to keep their hands on their keyboard ...":

https://github.com/conformal/xombrero

 

sandy is an ncurses text editor:

http://tools.suckless.org/sandy

Passpie lets you manage login credentials from the terminal with a coloroful/configurable cli interface:
http://marcwebbie.io/passpie/

Talky - simple video chat and screen sharing for small groups:

https://talky.io/

http://www.shotcut.org/
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor.

"... Tomb is an 100% free and open source system for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components ...":

https://www.dyne.org/software/tomb/

Semantik (formerly kdissert) is a mind-mapping tool that helps creating documents such as reports or presentations:

http://ita1024.github.io/semantik/

 

VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vym/

 

Labyrinth is a lightweight mind-mapping tool:

https://github.com/labyrinth-team/labyrinth

Fish Fillets NG is strictly a puzzle game. The goal in every of the seventy levels is always the same: find a safe way out. The fish utter witty remarks about their surroundings, the various inhabitants of their underwater realm quarrel among themselves or comment on the efforts of your fish:

http://fillets.sourceforge.net/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fillets/

 

Subrosa is an encrypted communication platform:
https://subrosa.io/

 

Traccar is an open source GPS tracking system for various GPS tracking devices. System supports more than 80 different communication protocols from popular vendors:
https://www.traccar.org/

"... Suplemon is a modern, slick and intuitive console text editor with multi cursor support. Suplemon replicates Sublime Text style functionality in the terminal with the ease of use of Nano ...":
https://github.com/richrd/suplemon

Taskwarrior is Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from your command line:

http://taskwarrior.org/

 

FlatPress is a blogging engine that saves your posts as simple text files:

http://flatpress.org/home/

https://github.com/mydzor/bash2048 (offline version)

 

"... ne is a free (GPL'd) text editor based on the POSIX standard that runs (we hope) on almost any UN*X machine. ne is easy to use for the beginner, but powerful and fully configurable for the wizard, and most sparing in its resource usage. If you have the resources and the patience to use emacs or the right mental twist to use vi then probably ne is not for you ...":

http://ne.di.unimi.it/

 

"... Lightspark is an LGPLv3 licensed Flash player and browser plugin written in C++/C that runs on Linux. It aims to support Adobe's newer Flash formats and AVM2 virtual machine ...":

http://lightspark.github.io/

 

2048 - a game:

http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

 

"... X-Moto is a challenging 2D motocross platform game, where physics plays an all important role in the gameplay. You need to control your bike to its limits, if you want to have a chance to finish the most difficult challenges ...":

http://xmoto.tuxfamily.org/

 

LiSpeak is a simple voice command system for Ubuntu and other linux distros:

http://lispeak.bmandesigns.com/

 

Libgdx is a Java game development framework that provides a unified API that works across all supported platforms:
http://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/

LanguageTool is an Open Source proof­reading program for English, French, German, Polish, and more than 20 other languages:
https://languagetool.org/

Groove Basin is a music player server with a web-based user interface inspired by Amarok 1.4:
http://groovebasin.com/

 

Fusilli is an OpenGL compositing window manager for the X Window System. It is a fork of Compiz (0.8):

https://github.com/noodlylight/fusilli

wego is a weather client for the terminal:

https://github.com/schachmat/wego

Fort - Password Manager:

http://www.ideabyte.net/fort/

PowerShell Desired State Configuration for Linux:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt126211.aspx

 

"... AcidRip is an automated front end for MPlayer/Mencoder written in Perl, using Gtk2::Perl for a graphical interface. Makes encoding a DVD just one button click ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/acidrip/

"... Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio ...":

http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

 

"... Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, sets, lists, vectors, matrices and tensors. Maxima yields high precision numerical results by using exact fractions, arbitrary-precision integers and variable-precision floating-point numbers. Maxima can plot functions and data in two and three dimensions ...":

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/

 

Visual Studio Code - build and debug modern web and cloud applications:

https://code.visualstudio.com/

"... SlideCrunch is a "Swiss Army knife" for anything related to the management of slide-based presentations. It can be used to produce slideshows from multiple input files. Moreover, if you provide information regarding slide duration or text, it can also generate annotated handouts, mixing scripts for producing a timed video and even matching subtitles ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/slidecrunch/
"... Impressive is a program that displays PDF presentation slides with style. Smooth alpha-blended slide transitions are provided for the sake of eye candy, but in addition to this, Impressive offers some unique tools that are very useful for presentations ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/impressive/
"... Synfig Studio is a free and open-source 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources ...": http://www.synfig.org/cms/

Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface:

https://lutris.net/

O-Inari Origami is a game about a paper fox in a paper world:

http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=22357

 

Iris is a 2D side-scrolling adventure platformer that tells a story about Iris traveling to an exquisite world, Chromaland to save her sister:

http://irisjourneygame.wix.com/iris

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