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This list of Best Free Software for Linux now includes 156 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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"... FreeRDP is a free implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), released under the Apache license. Enjoy the freedom of using your software wherever you want, the way you want it, in a world where interoperability can finally liberate your computing experience ...":
strongSwan - the OpenSource IPsec-based VPN Solution:
"... Babe is a tiny Qt music player to keep you favorite songs at hand ...":
ergonomica - a Bash alternative written in Python:
Whatever is a lightweight unofficial Evernote client for Linux desktop

"... Kawaii-Player is Audio/Video manager and mutlimedia player (based on mpv and mplayer), along with functionalities of portable media server. It can be simply used as normal mutimedia frontend for mpv/mplayer, or it can be turned into portable media server on the fly ...":

"... Linuxbrew is a fork of Homebrew, the Mac OS package manager, for Linux ...":

"... CouchPotato (CP) is an automatic NZB and torrent downloader ...":
Cerebro - another cross-platform extendable open-source launcher:
"... agedu - a Unix utility for tracking down wasted disk space ...": "... apt-fast is a little shellscript that increases the speed of apt-get by many times ...":
"...Portacle is a complete IDE for Common Lisp that you can take with you on a USB stick ...":

"... Zazu App - fully extensible and open source launcher for hackers, creators and dabblers ...":


SpaceVim - like spacemacs, but for vim:


"... TextSuggest ... use autocomplete and expansions in any application ...":

"... Iris floss is implementation of blue light reduction software like Iris, f.lux, Redshift and Night Shift with 10 lines of code and minimum dependencies for all Linux distributions ...":

"... Dune Legacy is an effort by a handful of developers to revitalize the first-ever real-time strategy game. It tries to be as similar as possible to the original gameplay but to integrate user interface features most modern realtime-strategy games have like selecting multiple units ...": "... RT is a server-side, database-backed web application which works with any modern browser, including many popular mobile devices, and the email interface works with any mail client, from Outlook to Apple Mail to Thunderbird to Gmail to Mutt ...":
"... Scout-App allows you to process your .sass and .scss files into CSS without needing any knowledge of the command line ...":
Remarkable - markdown editor:
"... DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) is a fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game ...":

"... Manuskript ... open-source tool for writers ...":


"... Heron Animation is a free stop motion animation program that lets you take pictures from a webcam and assembles them into an animation ...":

"... SoftEther VPN is one of the world's most powerful and easy-to-use multi-protocol VPN software ...":" Hyperboria ... a peer-to-peer IPv6 network with automatic end-to-end encryption, distributed IP address allocation, and DHT-based Source Routing ...":
"... - easy file sharing from the command line ...":

"... The Pandoran War is a 2D mission-based space shooter ...":

Microsoft have joined the Linux Foundation which is a commitment that Linux needed. So we should see more Windows software running on Linux.

Microsoft Visual Studio and Xamarin (for cross-platform development) are both free. Microsoft used Xamarin to develop a Visual Studio version for Apple macOS. This will eventually lead to a lot more free cross-platform software in this category.

I like this headline: Hell freezes over as Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation


Gmvault - Gmail Backup:


"... ZMap is an open-source network scanner that enables researchers to easily perform Internet-wide network studies. With a single machine and a well provisioned network uplink, ZMap is capable of performing a complete scan of the IPv4 address space in under 5 minutes, approaching the theoretical limit of ten gigabit Ethernet ...":

Regards is a modern photo viewer:

"... ANGRYsearch ... Linux file search, instant results as you type ...":

"... FileZilla Secure is a free FTP client that has all the features of the original FileZilla plus it encrypts your FTP passwords to help protect from hackers stealing them ...":


"... git-secret is a bash tool to store your private data inside a git repo ...":


"... LosslessCut - simple, cross platform video editor for lossless trimming/cutting of videos ...":


"... Gopass is a Chrome & Firefox extension for pass, a UNIX based password manager ...":

Unfortunately FileZilla Secure is "under development" for Linux. The question I have is, is the original FileZilla in Linux susceptible to hacking?