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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 159 apps in various categories. Among a plethora of freeware products, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

 

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With bpkg you can easily install and manage Bash packages: http://www.bpkg.sh
navi - an interactive cheatsheet tool for the command-line: https://github.com/denisidoro/navi
KMonad is a keyboard remapping utility: https://github.com/david-janssen/kmonad
tundra - static pages generator: https://frainfreeze.github.io/tundra/
"... Technitium DNS Server is an open source tool that can be used for self hosting a local DNS server for privacy & security or used for experimentation/testing by software developers on their computer. It works out-of-the-box with no or minimal configuration and provides a user friendly web console accessible using any web browser...": https://technitium.com/dns/ https://github.com/TechnitiumSoftware/DnsServer
Ferdi is a messaging browser that allows you to combine your favorite messaging services into one application: https://getferdi.com https://github.com/getferdi/ferdi Hamsket - a messaging and emailing app that combines common web applications into one: https://github.com/TheGoddessInari/hamsket
"... ReversingHero is a Reverse Engineering self learning kit wrapped inside one binary file. It is made of 15 levels, with difficulty gradually increasing...:" https://www.reversinghero.com
"... borgmatic is simple, configuration-driven backup software for servers and workstations...": https://torsion.org/borgmatic/ Kepka - unofficial Telegram Desktop messaging app: https://github.com/procxx/kepka KWin-lowlatency - reduce latency and stuttering in the popular KWin compositor used in KDE: https://github.com/tildearrow/kwin-lowlatency
Starship is the minimal, blazing fast, and extremely customizable prompt for any shell: https://starship.rs https://github.com/starship/starship
pkgtop aims to provide a terminal dashboard for managing packages on GNU/Linux systems: https://github.com/keylo99/pkgtop
Catalog is a free, open-source file manager application. It helps organize files on local drives by adding categories to files: https://github.com/amitnovick/catalog
privacyIDEA is a modular authentication server that can be used to enhance the security of your existing applications like local login, VPN, remote access, SSH connections, access to web sites or web portals with two factor authentication: https://www.privacyidea.org
"... WTF is a personal information dashboard for your terminal, developed for those who spend most of their day in the command line..." https://wtfutil.com kmdr.sh - the CLI client for explaining shell commands from your terminal: https://github.com/ediardo/kmdr.sh
"... pingfs is a filesystem where the data is stored only in the Internet itself, as ICMP Echo packets (pings) travelling from you to remote servers and back again...": https://code.kryo.se/pingfs/
"... Foliate - simple and modern GTK eBook viewer...": https://github.com/johnfactotum/foliate "... User-Mode Linux is a safe, secure way of running Linux versions and Linux processes. Run buggy software, experiment with new Linux kernels or distributions, and poke around in the internals of Linux, all without risking your main Linux setup...": http://user-mode-linux.sourceforge.net
Gravit Designer free is a vector graphic design app that works on all platforms. Unlock the full power of your creativity with fast and flexible tools tailored to professional designers: https://www.designer.io/en/
"... Keeping your system up to date mostly involves invoking more than a single package manager. This usually results in big shell one-liners saved in your shell history. Topgrade tries to solve this problem by detecting which tools you use and run their appropriate package managers ...": https://github.com/r-darwish/topgrade
"... Heimdall Application Dashboard is a dashboard for all your web applications. It doesn't need to be limited to applications though, you can add links to anything you like. There are no iframes here, no apps within apps, no abstraction of APIs ...": https://heimdall.site
"... rga is a line-oriented search tool that allows you to look for a regex in a multitude of file types. rga wraps the awesome ripgrep and enables it to search in pdf, docx, sqlite, jpg, movie subtitles (mkv, mp4), etc. ...": https://github.com/phiresky/ripgrep-al
"... Wexond is an open-source, privacy-focused, extensible web browser with a totally new user experience ...": https://wexond.net https://github.com/wexond/wexond
"... Needl will generate random Internet traffic in an attempt to conceal your legitimate traffic, essentially making your data the Needle in the haystack and thus harder to find. The goal is to make it harder for your ISP, government, etc to track your browsing history and habits ...": https://github.com/eth0izzle/Needl
"... Backer is a visual front end to the rsync command. It allows the user to select mutple folders and back them up to mutiple locations ...": https://github.com/sysrpl/Backer
"... uas searches Flathub, Snapcraft and AppImage for apps ...":https://github.com/cooperspencer/uas
"... distroverify - utility to verify any Linux distro file (*.iso) for its integrity...": https://github.com/prahladyeri/distroverify
"... fibridge - access huge files in the user's browser externally over HTTP ...": https://github.com/anderspitman/fibridge-proxy-rs

"... Rsync time backup ... This script offers Time Machine-style backup using rsync. It creates incremental backups of files and directories to the destination of your choice. The backups are structured in a way that makes it easy to recover any file at any point in time ...": https://github.com/laurent22/rsync-time-backup

Piping server - streaming data transfer server over HTTP/HTTPS: https://github.com/nwtgck/piping-server

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