Best Free Software for Linux

 
Introduction

LinuxLinux, occasionally referred to as GNU/Linux, is an open source and free operating system predominantly known for its use in servers, but has increasingly become commonplace in desktop, notebook and netbook computers in recent years after newer and enhanced versions of Linux distributions, Ubuntu or Linux Mint for example, are developed and offered free to users.

While you can get the Linux system and use it for free, you can also run on the system a wide range of free applications such as well-known and commonly-used software including Firefox web browser and the LibreOffice application suite.

Among various free applications, here you might find the best free software for Linux, including those products reviewed and recommended by our editors in the various sections.

Other programs that work as potential alternatives to Windows applications or even perform better than them are also listed here for the benefit of users who migrate from Windows to Linux or run dual systems on their computers.

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Summary

This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 145 applications in 97 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.

 

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by Panzer on 22. March 2014 - 9:19  (115178)

Asciinema - record and share your terminal sessions, the right way:
https://asciinema.org/

by Panzer on 17. March 2014 - 10:25  (115069)

Something for the kids:

Ri-li - drive a toy wood engine in many levels and you must collect all the coaches to win:
http://ri-li.sourceforge.net/

by Ancaeus on 17. March 2014 - 6:00  (115062)

Picasa 3 is apparently no longer available for Linux. At least, the website (picasa.google.com) claims that it is "not currently available for your operating system." I am running Ubuntu. And, I tried the download page with both Chrome and Firefox, just to rule-out some kind of browser--OS recognition problem.

The Ubuntu Software Center still offers Picasa. But this version causes my whole computer to freeze. I was hoping that a software update would fix this problem. Alas, it is not to be.

by Jojo Yee on 17. March 2014 - 6:20  (115064)

Thanks for your comment Ancaeus. Picasa for Linux is no more supported by the developer. It has now been removed from the list.

According to Google's Official Blog, the WINE-based version of Picasa for Linux was launched in 2006 as a Google Labs project. They were deprecating Picasa for Linux during the Spring cleaning.

by vandamme on 25. February 2014 - 14:01  (114644)

Video editors: PiTiVi is improving quickly and deserves a look. KDenLive has always been reliable for me. OpenShot is easy and quick, kind of like Windows Movie Maker (except it works).

by Panzer on 6. February 2014 - 10:10  (114283)

gdiskdump:
https://launchpad.net/gdiskdump

I-Nex is an application that gathers information for hardware components available on your system and displays it using an user interface similar to the popular Windows tool CPU-Z:
https://launchpad.net/i-nex

Marlin - a sleek and fast GTK3 file manager:
https://launchpad.net/marlin

bro pages show concise, common-case examples for Unix commands:
http://bropages.org/

by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:24  (114203)
by Panzer on 3. February 2014 - 10:11  (114202)

TimeShift is a system restore utility which takes incremental snapshots of the system using rsync and hard-links. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo all changes that were made to the system after the snapshot was taken. Snapshots can be taken manually or at regular intervals using scheduled jobs:
https://launchpad.net/timeshift

FFmpeg Little Helper - an easy to use FFmpeg code generator:
http://rodrigopolo.com/ffmpeg/

by Panzer on 28. January 2014 - 9:12  (114025)

TLP – Linux Advanced Power Management:
http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/tlp.html

by Panzer on 24. January 2014 - 9:30  (113957)

BaShare (Basic Share) is a very simply and user-friendly file sharing tool over the Internet and private LAN too:
http://code.google.com/p/bashare/

by Panzer on 24. January 2014 - 9:19  (113956)

Newspaper: Article scraping & curation:

Features:

* Works in 10+ languages (English, Chinese, German, Arabic, ...)
* Multi-threaded article download framework
* News url identification
* Text extraction from html
* Top image extraction from html
* All image extraction from html
* Keyword extraction from text
* Summary extraction from text
* Author extraction from text
* Google trending terms extraction

http://newspaper.readthedocs.org/en/latest/

by Panzer on 22. January 2014 - 9:44  (113864)
by Panzer on 21. January 2014 - 8:52  (113811)
by Panzer on 18. January 2014 - 8:38  (113687)

Fedora Utils lets you install codecs and additional software that Fedora doesn't want to ship, like MP3 codecs, Adobe Flash, Oracle Java etc.:
http://satya164.github.io/fedorautils/

by spilot on 15. January 2014 - 17:53  (113626)

For my money (so to speak), Homebank is a much better personal banking app than GnuCash and should be included in the banking category.

by Jojo Yee on 16. January 2014 - 9:21  (113649)

Many thanks for your kind comment Spilot. For your info, Homebank has been included in our category review article here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-personal-finance-software.htm

In most cases, this list covers the software products with Gizmo's top picks in each category review.

by MidnightCowboy on 15. January 2014 - 18:24  (113631)

Out of interest, found a review/comparison of HomeBank here. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/72338.html

by Panzer on 10. January 2014 - 13:58  (113512)

kalu is a small application that will add an icon to your systray and sit there, regularly checking if there's anything new for you to upgrade. As soon as it finds something, it'll show a notification to let you know about it (for Archers only):
http://jjacky.com/kalu/

by Panzer on 9. January 2014 - 8:55  (113495)

"... ICEcoder is an open-source browser code editor, which provides a modern approach to building websites. By allowing you to code directly within the web browser, online or offline, it means you only need one program (your browser) to develop sites, plus can test on actual web servers ... Conversely, ICEcoder is lightweight (under 1.2mb including all plugins) and boots in seconds (often 1-2s). Oh, and it's also free ...":
http://icecoder.net/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 9:06  (113401)

"... Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments. With an easy-to-use workflow and focus on automation, Vagrant lowers development environment setup time, increases development/production parity, and makes the "works on my machine" excuse a relic of the past ...":
http://www.vagrantup.com/about.html

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 8:50  (113400)

"... CMPlayer is a multimedia player. It is aimed for easy usage but also powerful features. It provides various features and convenience functions. Just install and enjoy it ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/cmplayer/

by Panzer on 4. January 2014 - 8:46  (113399)

"... Syncplay synchronises the position and play state of multiple media players so that the viewers can watch the same thing at the same time. This means that when one person pauses/unpauses playback or seeks (jumps position) within their media player then this will be replicated across all media players connected to the same server and in the same 'room' (viewing session). When a new person joins they will also be synchronised ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/syncplay/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:11  (113376)

"... The git-annex assistant creates a synchronised folder on each of your OSX and Linux computers, Android devices, removable drives, NAS appliances, and cloud services. The contents of the folder are the same everywhere. It's very easy to use, and has all the power of git and git-annex ...:
https://git-annex.branchable.com/assistant/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:10  (113375)

"... The goal of Sayonara is to be a small, clear, not yet platform-independent music player. Low CPU usage, low memory consumption and no long loading times are only three benefits of this player. Sayonara should be easy and intuitive to use and therefore it should be able to compete with the most popular music players ...:
https://code.google.com/p/sayonara-player/

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:09  (113374)

"... LongoMatch is a free video analysis software for sport analysts with unlimited possibilities: Record, Tag, Review, Draw, Edit Videos and much more ...":
http://longomatch.org/index.php
http://longomatch.org/features.php

by Panzer on 3. January 2014 - 9:07  (113373)

"... oterm is a web browser unix terminal. It serves a console so you can access your server from anywhere in the world where you have an Internet connection. It effectively is an xterm in a browser. It emulates xterm commands, which are very similar to vt100 commands ...":
http://www.coralbits.com/oterm/

by Panzer on 18. December 2013 - 8:54  (113024)

"... Matterhorn is a free, open-source platform to support the management of educational audio and video content. Institutions will use Matterhorn to produce lecture recordings, manage existing video, serve designated distribution channels, and provide user interfaces to engage students with educational videos ...":
http://opencast.org/matterhorn/

by daviodan on 16. December 2013 - 20:45  (112985)

The Mobile Media Converter is a free audio and video converter for converting between popular desktop audio and video formats like MP3, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis Audio (ogg), Wave Audio (wav), MPEG video, AVI, Windows Media Video (wmv), Flash Video (flv), QuickTime Video (mov) and commonly used mobile devices/phones formats like AMR and 3GA audio (amr) and 3GP video. iPod/iPhone and PSP compatible MP4 video are supported. Moreover, you can remove and add new formats or devices through the internet.
http://www.miksoft.net/mobileMediaConverter.php

by Panzer on 7. December 2013 - 9:16  (112820)

SavageXR - Free Real-Time Strategy Shooter:
http://www.savagexr.com/

by Panzer on 16. November 2013 - 7:58  (112259)

pySioGame - is a set of pretty simple activities aiming to teach children some of the basic skills. It turned out that pySioGame focuses mainly on teaching maths but it also covers areas such as abc, reading, writing, colors, memory and more:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pysiogame/

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