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Best Free Image Viewer for Linux
  • XnView

    "Fast, lots of features, very manageable, many plug-ins, supports nearly any OS." (Review)


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 Paint Program for Linux
  • Luminance HDRMyPaint

    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.


Best Free High Dynamic Range (HDR) Software for Linux
  • Luminance HDRLuminance HDR

    Luminance 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 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.


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)


Best Free Digital 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 CAD Program for Linux
  • Sweet Home 3DSweet Home 3D

    "This software package 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 QR Code Generator and Decoder for Linux
  • BlenderQtQR

    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.)


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by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 11:04  (103576)

Zero-K is an open-source RTS game. It aims to be dynamic, action-packed and hassle-free, full of clever strategies and constantly moving combat with games lasting an average 20-30 minutes:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 11:00  (103573)
by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 10:37  (103572)

FreedroidRPG is an original isometric 3D role playing game taking place in the future, on Earth.

The game tells the story of a world destroyed by a conflict between robots and their human masters. Play as Tux in a quest to save the world from the murderous rebel bots who know no mercy. You get to choose which path you wish to follow, and freedom of choice is everywhere in the game:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 10:20  (103569)

Puzzle Moppet is a serenely peaceful yet devilishly challenging 3D puzzle game:

by Panzer on 13. December 2012 - 10:16  (103568)

Heroes of Newerth is a multiplayer online battle arena video game:

by allanm on 10. December 2012 - 9:10  (103481)

Type light 3.2x font editor:

Freeware font editor, now available for Linux:

by Panzer on 4. December 2012 - 9:42  (103340)

JDraw is a pixel oriented graphics editor. It is entirely written in Java, easy to use and saves (animated) GIFs, JPEGs, ICOs (favicons) and PNGs:

PixelStruct is an open source tool for visualizing 3D scenes reconstructed from photographs:

by Panzer on 3. December 2012 - 10:19  (103281)

SoftPerfect WiFi Guard is an essential tool for everyone running a small WiFi network and striving to keep it secure:

by Panzer on 30. November 2012 - 9:31  (103103)

Wunderlist - task manager:

Nitro - light task manager:

by Panzer on 28. November 2012 - 9:12  (103008)

PDF Presenter is a presentation software with focus on PDF documents:

by vandamme on 27. November 2012 - 4:13  (102959)

HTML WYSIWYG editor for Linux: BlueGriffon.

I've used Kompozer for years, but it has come to a halt and I can't figure out how to install it in LinuxMint14.

BlueGriffon is an updated version of NVu, which Kompozer also is derived from. (It is also kind of wierd to install.) It has some goodies like html5 and font embedding, but some of the fancier buttons lead you to their paid add-on site.

by Panzer on 23. November 2012 - 8:56  (102768)

Notion is a tiling, tabbed window manager for the X window system:

* Tiling: you divide the screen into non-overlapping 'tiles'. Every window occupies one tile, and is maximized to it
* Tabbing: a tile may contain multiple windows - they will be 'tabbed'
* Static: most tiled window managers are 'dynamic', meaning they automatically resize and move around tiles as windows appear and disappear. Notion, by contrast, does not automatically change the tiling. You're in control.

Features include:

* Workspaces: each workspace has its own tiling
* Multihead: the mod_xinerama plugin provides very nice dual-monitor support
* RandR: mod_xrandr picks up changes in the xrandr configuration, without the need for restarting Notion
* Extensibility: Notion can be extended with lua scripts.

by Panzer on 22. November 2012 - 9:42  (102730)

Photivo is a free and open source (GPL3) photo processor. It handles your RAW files as well as your bitmap files (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, PNG and many more) in a non-destructive 16 bit processing pipe with gimp workflow integration and batch mode.

Photivo is just a developer, no manager and no “Gimp”. It is intended to be used in a workflow together with digiKam/F-Spot/Shotwell and Gimp. It needs a quite strong computer and is not aimed at beginners.

by Linuxis on 22. November 2012 - 7:57  (102728)

I recently stumbled upon this browser.


It's an incredibly small browser, super fast, light and minimal.
It's configured via text files and extensible via plugins.
The name does give it away, that there is some Lua knowledge required but I don't even know lua and I'm still using it.

It's so fast and minimal that I can't help but try, because my computer is ten years old, with 1 gig of ram and this browser flies on it.

Some notable features but not limited to this since I don't know all of what it's capable, are:

supports flash,
adblocking via plugins
noscript functionality
congigurable hotkeys(can be totally keyboard-centric)
every little bit of the browser is customizable -
via it's text file configs, including appearance.


by Panzer on 21. November 2012 - 8:27  (102662)

Rigs of Rods is an open source vehicle simulator.

What makes Rigs of Rods different to most simulators is its unique soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc. are simulated in real-time as flexible soft-body objects, giving the simulation an extremely accurate behavior which entirely depends on the physical construction of the vehicles or objects you create:

by Panzer on 20. November 2012 - 11:11  (102607)

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. You can get unofficial Linux version here:

by iSmash (not verified) on 18. November 2012 - 3:25  (102496)

I've been using this site for years. Lurking and reading program reviews, user comments. It's huge having a trusted place to hit up. Thanks for all the hard work!

I use my laptop as a media player. Getting surround sound to work correctly has always been very frustrating. I use SMplayer, never getting 7.1 sound. I tried everything obtainable searching google. Then...One day I found SMplayer2 and Mplayer2. BOOM! Sound was fixed but now....Using MPlayer2 the video was terrible. Laggy, stuttering , freezing.

I highly recommend SMplayer2 used as a front-end for MPlayer. You can try MPlayer2, risk free. If you find it sucking. Uninstall MPlayer, SMplayer2 will default as the front-end for MPlayer.

Takeoff - Best Launcher for KDE / Gnome

Avast - My favorite AV for scanning Windows partitions. This will run if you
sudo sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=128000000

Yaquake(KDE) and Guake(Gnome and Unity) Quake style console. Drop down , goes away when not focused.

Zim Desktop Wiki - Note organizer, WiKi style.

by Panzer on 14. November 2012 - 10:51  (102301)

GeoGebra - Free mathematics software for learning and teaching:

by Panzer on 14. November 2012 - 9:01  (102287)

"... Stockfish is no slouch—it plays on the same level as commercial engines... And it's the most powerful open source chess engine in the world ..."

by Panzer on 3. November 2012 - 11:35  (101788)

namehelp improves web performance by obtaining more accurate redirections to nearby content delivery network servers:

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 21:03  (101622)

gpg4usb is a very easy to use small portable editor to encrypt and decrypt any text message/file:

by Panzer on 30. October 2012 - 8:39  (101591)

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:

by Panzer on 26. October 2012 - 7:36  (101361)
by Panzer on 23. October 2012 - 9:59  (101214)

NILFS is a log-structured file system supporting versioning of the entire file system and continuous snapshotting which allows users to even restore files mistakenly overwritten or destroyed just a few seconds ago:

by Panzer on 20. October 2012 - 7:47  (101095)

Alan creates the Openbox menu on-the-fly:

by Panzer on 19. October 2012 - 8:39  (101036)

Anamnesis is a clipboard history manager. It stores the clipboard history and offers an easy interface to do a full-text search on it.


* Stores all text copied to clipboard
* Graphics interface to query items from the clipboard
* Full text search on clipboard history
* Command-line tool

by Panzer on 18. October 2012 - 8:42  (100969)

GNU Octave is a high-level interpreted language, primarily intended for numerical computations:

Gnuplot is a portable command-line driven graphing utility:

by Panzer on 17. October 2012 - 8:50  (100892)

Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment:

Traverso DAW - Multitrack audio recording & editing:

Ardour - A multichannel digital audio workstation:

by Linuxis on 14. October 2012 - 21:14  (100765)

I bring news of an amazing fork of Assault Cube. Assault Cube Reloaded.
It's multiplatform, Windows,Mac and Linux and comes with a host of improvements.
Including several modes (Zombie,Vampire...etc;) realistic weapons and riccochet,
Anti-Cheat system, better voting and all sorts of other improvements *especially visual*
compared to the original Assault Cube.

Check it out, fps fans.

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