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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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GreenTunnel is a free and open source anti-censorship tool that bypasses deep packet inspection (DPI) used by many Internet Service Providers to block certain websites: https://github.com/SadeghHayeri/GreenTunnel
Cadmus is a graphical application which allows you to remove background noise from audio in real-time in any communication app: https://github.com/josh-richardson/cadmus
Rolling Rhino - Create Your Own Ubuntu Rolling Release: https://github.com/wimpysworld/rolling-rhino
Chob is an helper tool for searching application accross platforms (Flathub, Snapcraft and AppImage): https://github.com/MuhammedKpln/chob
Nyrna - Suspend any game or application: https://github.com/Merrit/nyrna
hikari - A Wayland Compositor: https://hikari.acmelabs.space/
ProcDump is a Linux reimagining of the classic ProcDump tool from the Sysinternals suite of tools for Windows. ProcDump provides a convenient way for Linux developers to create core dumps of their application based on performance triggers: https://github.com/Microsoft/ProcDump-for-Linux
Diskonaut - terminal disk space navigator: https://github.com/imsnif/diskonaut
DomTerm is an terminal emulator based on web technologies: http://domterm.org
WezTerm is a GPU-accelerated cross-platform terminal emulator and multiplexer: https://wezfurlong.org/wezterm/
Learn to code and lead your intrepid crew on a mission to save The Cloud in TwilioQuest, a PC role-playing game inspired by classics of the 16-bit era: https://www.twilio.com/quest
Utopia is your all-in-one kit for secure instant messaging, encrypted e-mail communication, anonymous payments and private web browsing: https://u.is/en/
Braver Browser - a non-profit community-maintained Brave browser without any adware or crypto tokens: https://github.com/braver-browser/braver-browser
Juggernaut - end-to-end encrypted, onion routed, censorship-resistant, peer-to-peer messaging and payments: https://www.getjuggernaut.com/
"... LARBS is an efficient shell script that will install a fully-featured tiling window manager-based system on any Arch Linux-based system, without any of the routine of manual post-install processes and configuration ...": https://larbs.xyz/
Dappy - ultra secure decentralized web browser: https://dappy.tech
playx - search and play any song from terminal: https://github.com/NISH1001/playx
Flatseal is a graphical utility to review and modify basic permissions from your Flatpak applications: https://github.com/tchx84/Flatseal/blob/master/README.md
Tartube is a GUI front-end for youtube-dl: https://github.com/axcore/tartube
Safe Boot - improve the safety of booting Linux on normal laptops: https://safeboot.dev
Spycheck - helps you determine if your system is vulnerable to Thunderspy: https://thunderspy.io/
keys.pub - cryptographic key management, saltpack, noise, sigchains, user identities, signing, encryption: https://keys.pub
Whoogle Search - get Google search results, but without any ads, javascript, AMP links, cookies, or IP address tracking: https://github.com/benbusby/whoogle-search
Eureka is a simple tool to encrypt files and folders: https://github.com/mimoo/eureka
SUI - a startpage for your server and/or new tab page: https://github.com/jeroenpardon/sui
Castor - a graphical client for plain-text protocols written in Rust with GTK. It currently supports the Gemini, Gopher and Finger protocols: https://sr.ht/~julienxx/Castor/
"... psi-notify is a minimal unprivileged notifier for system-wide resource pressure using PSI. This can help you to identify misbehaving applications on your machine before they start to severely impact system responsiveness, in a way which MemAvailable, CPU graphs, I/O utilisation graphs and other metrics cannot ...": https://github.com/cdown/psi-notify

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