Best Free Software for Linux

 
 
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.

  • SUM

    A Startup Manager to change settings for your preferred default operating system to boot up, manage Usplash themes, adjust bootloader menu resolution or set timeout in seconds. See also Change Default Boot Options.

 

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

    "It 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)

 

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

    "Shutter 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

  • Wink

    "Ease of use, great flexibility and powerful annotation features, allows audio to be embedded in the presentation, etc." (Review)

  • 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 Tools for Linux

 

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

    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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by Panzer on 11. May 2013 - 8:57  (107654)

kissdb - (Keep It) Simple Stupid Database

Features:

* Tiny, compiles to ~4k on an x86_64 Linux system
* Small memory footprint (only caches hash tables)
* Very space-efficient (on disk) if small hash tables are used
* Makes a decent effort to be robust on power loss
* Pretty respectably fast, especially given its simplicity
* 64-bit, file size limit is 2^64 bytes
* Ports to anything with a C compiler and stdlib/stdio
* Public domain

https://github.com/zerotier/kissdb

by Panzer on 10. May 2013 - 7:48  (107626)

TreeLine stores almost any kind of information in an organized tree structure. Each node in the tree can contain several fields, forming a mini-database:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/treeline/

by Panzer on 9. May 2013 - 7:47  (107584)

"... Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone and tablet whenever stolen or missing -- easily and all in one place. It's lightweight, open source software that gives you full and remote control, 24/7 ...":
http://preyproject.com/

by Panzer on 8. May 2013 - 7:56  (107545)

pdf2htmlEX renders PDF files in HTML, utilizing modern Web technologies. It aims to provide an accuracy rendering, while keeping optimized for Web display:
http://coolwanglu.github.io/pdf2htmlEX/

by Panzer on 7. May 2013 - 7:50  (107508)

BZFlag is a free online multiplayer 3D tank battle game:
http://bzflag.org/

Blinken is the KDE version of the well-known game Simon Says. Follow the pattern of sounds and lights as long as you can! Press the start game button to begin. Watch the computer and copy the pattern it makes. Complete the sequence in the right order to win:
http://edu.kde.org/blinken/

StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game:
http://www.stepmania.com/

by Panzer on 6. May 2013 - 8:46  (107483)

Kile is a user-friendly TeX/LaTeX editor for the KDE desktop environment:
http://kile.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 24. April 2013 - 7:56  (107305)

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

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 9:54  (107283)

"... xxxterm 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.

The default settings provide a secure environment. With simple keyboard commands, the user can "whitelist" specific sites, allowing cookies and scripts from those sites ...":
https://opensource.conformal.com/wiki/XXXTerm

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 9:48  (107281)

Bitfighter is a fast-paced team-based outer-space multi-player combat game:
http://bitfighter.org/

Cyphertite Basic - online backup:
https://www.cyphertite.com/

Platinum Arts Sandbox Free 3D Game Maker is an open source easy to use standalone 3D Game Maker and 3D Game Design program currently based on the cube 2 engine being used in many schools throughout the world that allows kids and adults to create their own video games, worlds, levels, adventures and quests, even cooperatively:
http://www.sandboxgamemaker.com/

"... RabbitVCS is a set of graphical tools written to provide simple and straightforward access to the version control systems you use. We provide multiple clients and extensions designed to give you a uniform experience no matter what development tools you use ...":
http://www.rabbitvcs.org/

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 9:27  (107279)

Gobby is a free collaborative editor supporting multiple documents in one session and a multi-user chat:
http://gobby.0x539.de/trac/

Geeknote — non official command line client for Evernote:
http://www.geeknote.me/

Phatch is an user friendly, cross-platform Photo Batch Processor and Exif Renamer with a nice graphical user interface:
http://photobatch.wikidot.com/

Ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications:
http://www.ocenaudio.com.br/

Geary is a lightweight email program designed around conversations and built for the GNOME desktop:
http://www.yorba.org/projects/geary/

Glances is a cross-platform curses-based monitoring tool:
http://nicolargo.github.io/glances/

Format Junkie is a Graphical User Interface application with lots of options, which can convert your media files to all the popular formats:
http://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/ya3u4/format_junkie_fully_featur...

ReText is a simple editor that reads your text with MarkDown or HTML markup and saves it as plain text, HTML or PDF:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/retext/

by Panzer on 23. April 2013 - 8:46  (107277)
by Panzer on 20. April 2013 - 9:09  (107221)

"... Monitorix is a free, open source, lightweight system monitoring tool designed to monitor as many services and system resources as possible. It has been created to be used under production Linux/UNIX servers, but due to its simplicity and small size can be used on embedded devices as well ...":
http://www.monitorix.org/

by Panzer on 20. April 2013 - 6:48  (107213)

XnSketch allows you to turn your photos into cartoon or sketch images:
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnsketch/

XnRetro allows you to create stunning images with vintage or instant effect on your Desktop:
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnretro/

by Panzer on 13. April 2013 - 7:34  (107042)

"... LFTP is a sophisticated ftp/http client, and a file transfer program supporting a number of network protocols. Like BASH, it has job control and uses the readline library for input. It has bookmarks, a built-in mirror command, and can transfer several files in parallel. It was designed with reliability in mind ...":
http://lftp.yar.ru/

yEd is a powerful desktop application that can be used to quickly and effectively generate high-quality diagrams:
http://www.yworks.com/en/products_yed_about.html

by Panzer on 12. April 2013 - 7:53  (107014)

zuluCrypt is a front end to cryptsetup, a Linux native solution for hard drive encryption. As a GUI frontend, zuluCrypt makes it easy to use cryptsetup to manage PLAIN,LUKS as well as TRUECRYPT encrypted volumes.

Features:

- Create encrypted volumes in files and in partitions.
- Create LUKS and PLAIN encrypted volumes
- Open encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Add keys to luks based encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Delete keys from luks based encrypted volumes residing in both files and partitions.
- Open encrypted volumes using a passphrase, a keyfile, a combination of passphrase and keyfile, a gpg encrypted keyfile.
- Retrieve volume keys from either gnome's keyring or kde's kwallet.
- Encrypt stand alone files, a la gpg (no compression and integrity check though).
- Erase data on partitions.

http://code.google.com/p/zulucrypt/

by Panzer on 10. April 2013 - 9:12  (106957)
by Panzer on 10. April 2013 - 7:43  (106953)

XnViewMP is the enhanced version to XnView. It is a powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats (both 32 and 64 bit versions are available):
http://www.xnview.com/en/xnviewmp/

by vandamme on 10. April 2013 - 13:22  (106961)

XnView is a great photo editor. Fast, easy, yet powerful.

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 9:39  (106899)

Jitsi (formerly SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, AIM/ICQ, Windows Live, Yahoo! and many other useful features:
https://jitsi.org/Main/HomePage

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 8:51  (106895)

Radio Tray is an online radio streaming player that runs on a Linux system tray. Its goal is to have the minimum interface possible, making it very straightforward to use:
http://radiotray.sourceforge.net/

Great Little Radio Player - A robust internet radio station streamer for Ubuntu and Fedora based Linux distributions. It connects to web sites offering radio streaming and lets you play radio stations directly from that locations. With Great Little Radio Player, you will have collection of 300 radio stations worldwide:
https://sites.google.com/site/glrpgreatlittleradioplayer/home

by Panzer on 8. April 2013 - 8:33  (106893)
by Panzer on 5. April 2013 - 8:27  (106832)

Tor Browser Bundle for GNU/Linux - Everything you need to safely browse the Internet. This package requires no installation. Just extract it and run:
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en#linux

Instructions:
https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en

by Panzer on 4. April 2013 - 9:58  (106811)

FSGamer runs games in their own X server, which can improve the speed, reduce annoying interruptions, and make switching between fullscreen games and your desktop easy and reliable (still in alpha):
http://michaelb.org/projects/fsgamer/

by Panzer on 4. April 2013 - 8:33  (106806)

The Connection Manager (ConnMan) project provides a daemon for managing internet connections within embedded devices running the Linux operating system.

ConnMan is designed to be slim and to use as few resources as possible, so it can be easily integrated. It is a fully modular system that can be extended, through plug-ins, to support all kinds of wired or wireless technologies. The plug-in approach allows for easy adaption and modification for various use cases:
http://connman.net/

by Panzer on 2. April 2013 - 8:24  (106739)

"... Quod Libet is a GTK+-based audio player written in Python, using the Mutagen tagging library. It's designed around the idea that you know how to organize your music better than we do. It lets you make playlists based on regular expressions (don't worry, regular searches work too). It lets you display and edit any tags you want in the file. And it lets you do this for all the file formats it supports ...":
http://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/

by Panzer on 30. March 2013 - 8:51  (106651)

Zero Install is a decentralised cross-distribution software installation system. Other features include full support for shared libraries, sharing between users, and integration with native platform package managers:
http://0install.net/

by Panzer on 28. March 2013 - 10:31  (106596)

"... AstroMenace is a brilliant 3d scroll-shooter allowing you to feel the adrenalin rush of a fierce space battle against relentless swarms of alien invaders. Immerse into a decisive battle against tons of cunning foes, face the terrifying bosses and protect your homeland throughout 15 diverse levels of the game. The hardcore gameplay of AstroMenace, packed with pure non-stop action, will become a full scale test for your basic instinct of survival ...":
http://www.viewizard.com/

Blobby Volley 2:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/blobby/

by Panzer on 27. March 2013 - 8:52  (106573)

With SubiT, you can download subtitles to your favorite movies and serieses by just right clicking them and executing SubiT:
http://subit-app.users.sourceforge.net/

by Panzer on 25. March 2013 - 8:35  (106513)

Micropolis is one of the oldest and greatest city-building games based on the original code for SimCity.

Features:

* Unlimited playability offers hours of fun
* Eight included scenarios, each a game in itself, with an unlimited number of ways to win or lose
* Multiple Views allows you to open up any number of animated city maps and editors at once
* Micropolis features pop up "pie menus" for quickly selecting city editing tools

http://sourceforge.net/projects/micropolis.mirror/

by Panzer on 23. March 2013 - 8:42  (106485)

LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system; it includes features designed for the production of technical and scientific documentation:
http://latex-project.org/
http://latex-project.org/ftp.html

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