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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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"... fibridge - access huge files in the user's browser externally over HTTP ...":
. 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 ...":

Piping server - streaming data transfer server over HTTP/HTTPS:

"... BeGoneAds is a script that puts some popular hosts file lists into the systems hosts file as a adblocker measure ...":
"... The Dissenter web browser is built for The People, not advertisers. Block Big Tech ads and trackers by default. Discover a comment section on every URL online. Welcome to the free speech internet ...":
"... aerc is an email client that runs in your terminal ...":
"... CaptionPal - automatic subtitle download and synchronization thanks to Machine Learning...":
"... Motrix is a full-featured download manager that support downloading HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, Magnet, Baidu Net Disk etc.:"
"... Mathics - a free, light-weight alternative to Mathematica...":
"... Pennywise - cross-platform application to open website or media in a floating window...": "... Crow Translate is a simple and lightweight translator programmed in C++ / Qt that allows to translate and speak text using Google, Yandex and Bing translate API...": "... Drill - desktop file search utility that uses clever crawling instead of indexing...": "... gosearch is an attempt to create the Windows file search tool Everything for Linux 5.1+, written in Go...":
"... Tusk - refined Evernote desktop app...":
Apart GTK - Linux GUI for cloning & restoring disk partitions to & from compressed image files:
"... linux-secureboot-kit - tool for complete hardening of Linux boot chain with UEFI Secure Boot...":
"... Jrnl ... collect your thoughts and notes without leaving the command line...":
"... hunter is a fast and lag-free file browser/manager for the terminal. It features a heavily asychronous and multi-threaded design and all disk IO happens off the main thread in a non-blocking fashion, so that hunter will always stay responsive, even under heavy load on a slow spinning rust disk, even with all the previews enabled...":
"... instantbox...It's a project that spins up temporary Linux systems with instant webshell access from any browser..." "... Palbum - a desktop app that allows you to continue playing on Spotify an album/playlist from the last track you heard...":
Mathpix - convert images to LaTeX:

"... termpub - Epubreader for the terminal ...":

"... Fltrdr, or flat-reader, is an interactive text reader for the terminal ...":

Aurees Git Client:

Marp is the simplest presentation writer with Markdown:

"... qou - minimal interactive command-line prompts ...":
"... Nuspell is a free and open source spell checker that is written in modern C++. It extensively supports character encodings, compounding, affixing and complex morphology. Nuspell offers also suggestions and personal dictionaries ...":
"... Task Coach is a simple open source todo manager to keep track of personal tasks and todo lists. It is designed for composite tasks, and also offers effort tracking, categories, notes and more ...":
",,, edex-ui - a cross-platform, customizable science fiction terminal emulator with advanced monitoring & touchscreen support ...":
"... UltraSurf is a lightweight freeware program designed as an anti-censorship tool. It allows to circumvent firewalls using proxies and employs encryption protocols for privacy ...":
"... TupiTube Desk is a 2D animation tool for desktop environments focused on usability for children and amateur artists ...": uftpd - FTP/TFTP server: "... Manta ... flexible invoicing desktop app with beautiful & customizable templates ...":

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