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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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"... SelekTOR for Linux is an open source Java based GUI frontend for Tor running in client mode, it acts as a Tor launcher and exit node chooser for browsers that support system proxying using PAC files ...":

https://www.dazzleships.net/selektor-for-linux/

"... Hiawatha is an open source webserver with a focus on security ...":
https://www.hiawatha-webserver.org/

"... Spack - a flexible package manager that supports multiple versions, configurations, platforms, and compilers ...":
https://spack.io/

"... Synonymful - improve your vocabulary and communicate like a pro ...":
http://synonymful.com/

"... exa is a modern replacement for ls. It uses colours for information by default, helping you distinguish between many types of files, such as whether you are the owner, or in the owning group. It also has extra features not present in the original ls, such as viewing the Git status for a directory, or recursing into directories with a tree view ...": https://the.exa.website/ https://github.com/ogham/exa
"... Duc is a collection of tools for inspecting and visualizing disk usage ...": http://duc.zevv.nl/ https://github.com/zevv/duc

"... The xi editor project is an attempt to build a high quality text editor, using modern software engineering techniques ...":

https://github.com/google/xi-editor

themer takes a set of colors and generates text editor themes, terminal themes, and desktop/device wallpapers: https://themer.mjswensen.com/
"... Laverna is a JavaScript note taking application with Markdown editor and encryption support. Consider it like open source alternative to Evernote ...": https://laverna.cc/ https://github.com/Laverna/laverna Oni - an IDE powered by Neovim: https://github.com/extr0py/oni vnote - a Vim-inspired note-taking application, especially for Markdown: https://github.com/tamlok/vnote "... powerline-go - a beautiful and useful low-latency prompt for your shell, written in go ...": https://github.com/justjanne/powerline-go#a-powerline-style-prompt-for-y... "... eul - fast native desktop client for all major messaging services ...": https://eul.im/

Gnome Completion-Run Utility - a simple program which provides a "run program" window, featuring a bash-like TAB completion:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/gmrun/

NetRunner browser: https://netrunner.cc/

"... Alkasir - a cross-platform, open-source and robust website censorship circumvention tool that also maps censorship patterns around the world. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools ...":
https://alkasir.com/en/index.html

broom - a disk cleaning utility for developers: https://github.com/nicoulaj/broom
Sushi Browser - "... The Next Generation Multi-Panel Browser ...": https://sushib.me/

"... Bookworm - a simple, focused eBook reader ...":

https://babluboy.github.io/bookworm/

 

The purpose of Fim is to manage a set of files and be able to see quickly the files you are working on and be sure that files are not tampered:
https://evrignaud.github.io/fim/

newspaper - read webpages in readability mode, inside your terminal:
https://github.com/desmondhume/newspaper

 

Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication and publishing:

https://freenetproject.org/

"... colorls - a Ruby script that beautifies the terminal's ls command, with color and font-awesome icons ...": https://github.com/athityakumar/colorls

 

"... Elvish is a friendly and expressive shell ...":

https://elvish.io/

"... cowyodel allows easy and simple sharing of text/data between computers. cowyodel is a command-line tool that allows simple interaction with a cowyo server, providing a simple way to upload/download text/binary that is encrypted/unencrypted ...":

https://github.com/schollz/cowyodel

Mr. Rescue is an arcade styled 2d action game centered around evacuating civilians from burning buildings:

http://tangramgames.dk/games/mrrescue/

X-CD-Roast tries to be the most flexible CD-burning software ever. It allows even the unexperienced user to create or copy a CD with a few mouse clicks in a intuitive and nice looking graphical user interface:
http://www.xcdroast.org/

"... pak is a way of organizing paks, or executable scripts. Using pak, you can create, modify, and share scripts that perform various tasks ...":

https://github.com/tburnam/pak

"... smem is a tool that can give numerous reports on memory usage on Linux systems. Unlike existing tools, smem can report proportional set size (PSS), which is a more meaningful representation of the amount of memory used by libraries and applications in a virtual memory system ...":
 
 

"... NeoMutt is a command-line mail reader. It's a version of Mutt with added features ...":

https://www.neomutt.org/

 
"... Komorebi is an awesome background manager for all Linux platforms. It provides fully customizeable backgrounds that can be tweaked at any time! Wallpapers included by default range from animated ones, still, and gradients ...": https://github.com/iabem97/komorebi

"... Rspamd - fast, free and open-source spam filtering system ...":

https://rspamd.com/

 

Tagsistant is a tag-based filesystem for Linux that turns directories into tags and search your files for you:

http://www.tagsistant.net/

 

Lilite - a Linux autoinstaller:

https://www.lilite.co/


Persepolis is a download manager and a GUI for Aria2:
https://persepolisdm.github.io/

Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals: https://github.com/railsware/upterm
"... Gravit - the most complete design platform.." : https://gravit.io
"... Snaptile - versatile window tiling for X11 with powerful keyboard controls..." : https://github.com/jakebian/snaptile/

"... Shallot is a file manager with the maximum degree of flexibility and customizability ...":
https://pseudopolis.eu/wiki/pino/projs/shallot/

Beaker - a peer-to-peer Web browser:
https://beakerbrowser.com/

 

ORY - next-gen, highly customizable content editor for the browser - based on React and Redux. WYSIWYG on steroids:

https://github.com/ory/editor

"... Polo is a modern, light-weight file manager for Linux with support for multiple panes, tabs, archive browsing/creation/extraction, and much more ...":

https://github.com/teejee2008/polo

 

"... Headset is a desktop app that turns YouTube into a world class music streaming service. Create collections, tune-in to a music subreddit or quickly play that song you’ve had stuck in your head all day ...":

http://headsetapp.co/

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