Best Free Software for Linux

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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 160 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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Parsec is a high performance, low latency 60 FPS remote access product connecting you to your computer from anywhere:
i2pd is a full-featured C++ implementation of I2P client:
HTML-NOTEPAD is a WYSIWYG editor of structured documents: texts that have hierarchical and semantically meaningful structure: headers, list, plaintext islands, tables and so on:
Session is an end-to-end encrypted messenger that removes sensitive metadata collection, and is designed for people who want privacy and freedom from any forms of surveillance:
Kha - ultra-portable, high performance, open source multimedia framework: Kode Studio is a bundle of VS Code and the Kha Extension Pack plus some internal tweaks to make both work better together:
Cecilia is an audio signal processing environment:
"... pCloud - secure and simple to use cloud storage ...":
"... exa is an improved file lister with more features and better defaults. It uses colours to distinguish file types and metadata. It knows about symlinks, extended attributes, and Git. And it’s small, fast, and just one single binary ...":
Girens is a Plex media player client. You can watch and listen to your music, shows and movies with this GTK app:
Maza ad blocking - like Pi-hole but local and using your operating system:
Sozi is a zooming presentation editor and player. Unlike in most presentation applications, a Sozi document is not organised as a slideshow, but rather as a poster where the content of your presentation can be freely laid out:
dte - a small and easy to use console text editor:
"... Knowclip is a free desktop app that transforms your media into effective language-learning materials ...":
Nami is a decentralized binary package manager, it allows software authors to publish their software anywhere, without having to request a merge from a software center for each update:
Haruna is an open source video player built with Qt/QML on top of libmpv:
"... FDNS was designed to run as a local DoH proxy on a Linux desktop, or as a server for a small network. Lean and mean, it protects the computers against some of the most common cyber threats, all while improving the privacy and the system performance ...":
"... Pop Shell is a keyboard-driven layer for GNOME Shell which allows for quick and sensible navigation and management of windows ...":
Shortwave is an internet radio player that provides access to a station database with over 25,000 stations:
zoxide - a cd command that learns your habits:
HiddenVM is a simple, one-click, free and open-source Linux application that allows you to run Oracle's open-source VirtualBox software on the Tails operating system:
age is a simple, modern and secure file encryption tool: Nushell - a new type of shell: Delta Chat is like Telegram or Whatsapp but without the tracking or central control: With SyncStuff you save your files in your own cloud: Lines is a modern and minimalist text editor - IDE with support for over 150 programming languages, embedded code inspectors and many other cool tools to help you write better code:
MuWire is an anonymous file-sharing program. You can share, search and download files of any type: IPFS Desktop - an unobtrusive and user-friendly desktop application for IPFS:
Gammy - adaptive screen brightness and temperature:
"... Fog Machine let's you host your own server right from home. It's easy to install and can get you published online in under a minute ...":
Typesense is an open source, typo tolerant search engine that delivers fast and relevant results out-of-the-box (for Linux users):