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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 161 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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Smug - tmux session manager:

The BIRD project aims to develop a fully functional dynamic IP routing daemon:

FRRouting is an IP routing protocol suite:
Lokl - an optimized local WordPress environment perfect for static site generation:
boringproxy is a combination of a reverse proxy and a tunnel manager:
Deskreen turns any device to a second screen for your computer:
csnaketerm - the classic Snake game, right in your terminal:
ehh - Python commandline tool for remembering Linux/terminal commands:
Disk Atlas - a simple, effective tool for finding wasted disk space:
youtube-local is a browser-based client for watching Youtube anonymously and without the lag of the slow page used by Youtube:
Douane - a personal firewall for Linux:
GamingOnLinux - 442 free Linux games:
NxFilter is a light-weight DNS filter:
Arkime is a large scale, open source, indexed packet capture and search tool: Brim - browse, store and archive your logs:
AuthPass - free and Open Source password manager:
Sonic 3 A.I.R. - a fan-made widescreen remaster of Sonic 3 & Knuckles:
dog is an open-source DNS client for the command-line. It has colourful output, supports the DoT and DoH protocols, and can emit JSON:
winapps - run Windows apps such as Microsoft Office in Linux (Ubuntu) and GNOME as if they were a part of the native OS:
Ox is a fast text editor that runs in your terminal:
Precomp is a command line precompressor that can be used to further compress files that are already compressed:
fwupd aims to make updating firmware on Linux automatic, safe and reliable:
Tangalanga - Zoom Conference scanner:
Nat is a complete replacement for the 'ls' command:
sshguard protects hosts from brute-force attacks against SSH and other services:
txrban - simple Log monitoring and banning system:
Scrift is new generation shell and scripting language:
VTerm - a terminal emulator that makes your life easier: