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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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Pale Moon for Linux: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pm4linux/ Double Commander: http://doublecmd.sourceforge.net/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/doublecmd/ 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: http://roland65.free.fr/xfe/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/xfe/ tmux is a terminal multiplexer, it enables a number of terminals (or windows) to be accessed and controlled from a single terminal: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tmux/
Double Commander is easily the best file manager for Linux :D Very similar to Unreal Commander.
I use Pale Moon on Windows so must have a look at this. Thanks. :)
Remarkable is a powerful markdown editor: http://remarkableapp.net/ Sunflower file manager: http://sunflower-fm.org/ xorriso copies file objects from POSIX compliant filesystems into Rock Ridge enhanced ISO 9660 filesystems and allows session-wise manipulation of such filesystems: https://www.gnu.org/software/xorriso/ "... 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 ...": http://hugo.spf13.com/ "... 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. ...": http://www.mediagoblin.org/
Tribler is an open source peer-to-peer decentralized client: http://tribler.org/
Limoo - a minimalist image viewer: http://labs.sialan.org/projects/limoo
"... 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 ..." http://qwinff.github.io/
"... FOG is a free open-source cloning/imaging solution/rescue suite. FOG can be used to image Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Window 8 PCs using PXE, PartClone, and a Web GUI to tie it together. Includes features like memory and disk test, disk wipe, av scan & task scheduling ...": http://fogproject.org/ http://sourceforge.net/projects/freeghost/?source=navbar
"... slap is a Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that strives to make editing from the terminal easier. It has: - first-class mouse support - GUI editor-like keybindings - copying/pasting with OS clipboard support - undo/redo - syntax highlighting for many languages - a Sublime-like file sidebar - select word to highlight other occurrences; double-click to select word - easy-to-use finding with regex support - bracket matching ... many other features that will make you leave nano, vim, and emacs behind ...": https://github.com/slap-editor/slap
"... Camicri Cube is a portable package manager (Like Synaptic and Ubuntu Software Center, but a portable one) that can be used and run in any platform (Windows, Apt-Based Linux Distributions), online and offline, in flashdrive or any removable devices without installing anything. It enables you to download Linux Applications in any computer, and installs it back to your original computer ...": https://launchpad.net/camicricube
Krita is a free digital painting and illustration application: https://krita.org/
Krita is now added to the list. Thanks Panzer for valuable suggestions.
You are welcome ...
"... MakeHuman is the free and open source software to create realistic 3d humans for: - Illustrations - Animations - Games - Zbrush/Mudbox sculpting ...": http://www.makehuman.org/
"... Nix is a powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup of build environments ...": http://nixos.org/nix/
PDF Mod is a simple application for modifying PDF documents. You can reorder, rotate, and remove pages, export images from a document, edit the title, subject, author, and keywords, and combine documents via drag and drop: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/PdfMod
It's coincident Panzer as I was trying out the same application before reading your good suggestion. This app works pretty well and is a good alternative to PDF Shuffler. Now added to the list.
Great minds think alike ... ;)
Lynis is an open source security auditing tool. Its main goal is to audit and harden Unix and Linux based systems: http://rootkit.nl/projects/lynis.html

WPS Office (formerly known as Kingsoft Office) needs to be added to the office section. I like it much more than LibreOffice / OpenOffice. Also FreeOffice from SoftMaker is also worth mentioning. I like KWPS more, as it is also available for iOS, Android and Windows, while SoftMaker is missing an iOS version.

WPS Office: http://wps-community.org
FreeOffice: http://www.freeoffice.com

In terms of development, the versions of WPS Office for other platforms are leading but currently the Linux version is still at the stage of Alpha.
OpenSMTPD is a free implementation of the server-side SMTP protocol as defined by RFC 5321, with some additional standard extensions. It allows ordinary machines to exchange e-mails with other systems speaking the SMTP protocol: https://www.opensmtpd.org/
Serman is a simple dialog-based systemd service manager. It provides an easy way to manage services with an overview of what is currently enabled, running, etc.: http://xyne.archlinux.ca/projects/serman/ Tomb generates encrypted storage files to be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected with a password chosen by the user: http://www.dyne.org/software/tomb/
MyNotex - a free note-taking, document file and activity manager: https://sites.google.com/site/mynotex/
A good suggestion Panzer. After a quick try, I note that it's quite a decent note-taking app for Linux with some great features that other software does not have. Unless I've missed out something, it however seems to be lacking a basic operation to undo and redo edits in multiple levels. Undo editing is provided but it functions as abandoning changes and going back to the note last saved.
wallabag (formerly poche) is a self hostable application for saving web pages: https://www.wallabag.org/
Toxic is a Tox-based instant messenging client which formerly resided in the Tox core repository, and is now available as a standalone application: https://github.com/Tox/toxic cool-old-term is a terminal emulator which tries to mimic the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. It has been designed to be eye-candy, customizable, and reasonably lightweight: https://github.com/Swordifish90/cool-old-term http://swordfishslabs.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/brace-yourself-cool-old-t...

Variety is a newer wallpaper changer that I like better than Wally, Wallch and others. It also can show quotes, clock, and is highly configurable and tweakable. It wasn't in the Mint repository (the non-functioning Wallch was, though); you have to search for it, add the ppa, then install. Three lines in the terminal, but worth it. Runs on all Linuxes. Written by Peter Levi, so find his page.

A good suggestion Vandamme. It's now added to the list.

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