Best Free Software for Linux

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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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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:
bst is a one-stop shop for running programs in isolated Linux environments:
USBImager is a really really simple GUI application that writes compressed disk images to USB drives and creates backups:
SnapRAID is a backup program for disk arrays. It stores parity information of your data and it recovers from up to six disk failures:
Jami is a free and universal communication platform which preserves the user's privacy and freedoms:
CoyIM is a new chat client that is safe and secure by default: no settings to change, no plugins to install, no computer configuration to change:
Kopia - a cross-platform backup tool with fast, incremental backups, client-side end-to-end encryption, compression and data deduplication:
nb is a command line note-taking, bookmarking, archiving, and knowledge base application:
Toggol - all your smart home devices within a single app on desktop:
Identity - a program for comparing multiple versions of an image or video:
Rebel aims to provide you a distraction-free note taking experience:
Yout Player is the new way to watch playlists from YouTube on Desktop. No YouTube ads, simple to use, floating window:
Warpinator allows you to easily connect multiple computers on a local area network and share files quickly and securely:
Fly-Pie is an attractive marking menu for Gnome Shell which can be used to launch applications, simulate hotkeys, open URLs and much more:
parsec-cloud - open source Dropbox-like file sharing with full client encryption:
Diario - a malware detector that respects users’ privacy:
Shut+ is an added bit of security focusing on control over your connected microphone, camera, and Bluetooth:
Relax-and-Recover is a setup-and-forget Linux bare metal disaster recovery solution. It is easy to set up and requires no maintenance so there is no excuse for not using it:
ClamOne - An Open Source Linux Frontend to the ClamAV Antivirus Engine:
AIPM - A Package Manager for AppImages:
prowser - a web browser from scratch with simplicity in mind:
Mistborn - a secure platform for easily standing up and managing your own cloud services: including firewall, ad-blocking, and multi-factor Wireguard VPN access: sanctuary - a secure synchronous lightweight chatroom with zero logging and total transience: