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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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bst is a one-stop shop for running programs in isolated Linux environments: https://github.com/aristanetworks/bst
USBImager is a really really simple GUI application that writes compressed disk images to USB drives and creates backups: https://gitlab.com/bztsrc/usbimager
SnapRAID is a backup program for disk arrays. It stores parity information of your data and it recovers from up to six disk failures: http://www.snapraid.it/
Jami is a free and universal communication platform which preserves the user's privacy and freedoms: https://jami.net/
CoyIM is a new chat client that is safe and secure by default: no settings to change, no plugins to install, no computer configuration to change: https://coy.im
Kopia - a cross-platform backup tool with fast, incremental backups, client-side end-to-end encryption, compression and data deduplication: https://github.com/kopia/kopia
nb is a command line note-taking, bookmarking, archiving, and knowledge base application: https://xwmx.github.io/nb/
Toggol - all your smart home devices within a single app on desktop: https://toggol.com
Identity - a program for comparing multiple versions of an image or video: https://gitlab.gnome.org/YaLTeR/identity
Rebel aims to provide you a distraction-free note taking experience: https://github.com/kumarasinghe/rebel
Yout Player is the new way to watch playlists from YouTube on Desktop. No YouTube ads, simple to use, floating window: https://youtplayer.github.io
Warpinator allows you to easily connect multiple computers on a local area network and share files quickly and securely: https://flathub.org/apps/details/org.x.Warpinator
Fly-Pie is an attractive marking menu for Gnome Shell which can be used to launch applications, simulate hotkeys, open URLs and much more: https://github.com/Schneegans/Fly-Pie
parsec-cloud - open source Dropbox-like file sharing with full client encryption: https://github.com/Scille/parsec-cloud
Diario - a malware detector that respects users’ privacy: https://diario.elevenpaths.com/
Shut+ is an added bit of security focusing on control over your connected microphone, camera, and Bluetooth: https://www.shutplus.com/
Relax-and-Recover is a setup-and-forget Linux bare metal disaster recovery solution. It is easy to set up and requires no maintenance so there is no excuse for not using it: https://relax-and-recover.org/
ClamOne - An Open Source Linux Frontend to the ClamAV Antivirus Engine: https://github.com/ClamOne/ClamOne
AIPM - A Package Manager for AppImages: https://github.com/michaeldelago/aipm
prowser - a web browser from scratch with simplicity in mind: https://git.sr.ht/~bo41/prowser
Mistborn - a secure platform for easily standing up and managing your own cloud services: including firewall, ad-blocking, and multi-factor Wireguard VPN access: https://gitlab.com/cyber5k/mistborn sanctuary - a secure synchronous lightweight chatroom with zero logging and total transience: https://github.com/astrosonic/sanctuary
Popsicle is a Linux utility for flashing multiple USB devices in parallel: https://github.com/pop-os/popsicle
Social Amnesia aims to make your social media (Twitter/Reddit) only exist within a time period that you choose: https://github.com/Nick-Gottschlich/Social-Amnesia
With Serenade, you can write code by speaking rather than typing: https://serenade.ai/
Pext - Python-based extendable tool: https://pext.io/
Statifier is a tool for creating portable, self-containing Linux executables: http://statifier.sourceforge.net/
Write your next Blockbuster with Scrite: https://www.scrite.io/

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