Linux software list. Discussion and advice welcome!

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on /r/linuxquestions

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  • Proton

    Compatibility tool for Steam Play based on Wine and additional components

    Proton - Compatibility tool for Steam Play based on Wine and additional components

  • zotero

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share your research sources.

    Zotero - organizes research, creates references and bibliographies

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    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • VideoLAN Client (VLC)

    VLC media player - All pull requests are ignored, please follow

    VLC - multimedia player and framework

  • youtube-dl-gui

    A cross-platform GUI for youtube-dl made in Electron and node.js (by jely2002)

    Open Video Downloader - GUI for youtube-dl made in Electron and node.js

  • tartube

    A GUI front-end for youtube-dl, partly based on youtube-dl-gui and written in Python 3 / Gtk 3

    Tartube - GUI front-end for youtube-dl made with Python

  • strawberry

    :strawberry: Strawberry Music Player (by strawberrymusicplayer)

    Strawberry - music player and music collection organizer

  • torsocks

    Library to torify application - NOTE: upstream has been moved to

    Tor Browser - anonymous web browsing allowing access to 'onion' websites

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  • PhotoGIMP

    A Patch for GIMP 2.10+ for Photoshop Users

    PhotoGIMP - patch to theme and mimic GIMP like Adobe Photoshop

  • manuskript

    A open-source tool for writers

    Manuskript - planner and organization tool for writing; keep track of details

  • barrier

    Open-source KVM software

    Barrier - use a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple computers

  • QEMU

    Official QEMU mirror. Please see for how to submit changes to QEMU. Pull Requests are ignored. Please only use release tarballs from the QEMU website.

    QEMU - machine emulator and virtualizer

  • qBittorrent

    qBittorrent BitTorrent client

    qBittorrent - FOSS BitTorrent client

  • LibreOffice

    Read-only LibreOffice core repo - no pull request (use gerrit instead - don't download zip, use instead (by LibreOffice)

    LibreOffice - productivity software suite; a FOSS implementation of MS Office

  • darktable

    darktable is an open source photography workflow application and raw developer

    Darktable - photography workflow application, raw developer, and basic photo editor

  • bleachbit

    BleachBit system cleaner for Windows and Linux

    Bleachbit - system cleaner

  • telegram-cli

    Command line interface for Telegram protocol

    Telegram - encrypted instant messaging service (with backdoors), cloud-based and centralized

  • syncthing-android

    Wrapper of syncthing for Android.

    Syncthing - synchronizes files between two or more computers in real time

  • app

    End-to-end encrypted notes app. Write fearlessly. For issues, visit or

    standard notes - advanced e2ee notation software

  • mpv

    🎥 Command line video player

    MPV - powerful minimalist video player

  • meld

    Meld (by noamraph)

    Meld - visual diff and merge tool: compare files, directories, and version controlled projects

  • Joplin

    Joplin - an open source note taking and to-do application with synchronisation capabilities for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

    Joplin - open source note-taking app with e2ee over p2p sync

  • Jellyfin

    The Free Software Media System

    Jellyfin - media server and suite of multimedia applications for sharing and organizing media

  • HandBrake

    HandBrake's main development repository

    Handbrake - video transcode which can convert video from nearly any format

  • FreeTube

    An Open Source YouTube app for privacy

    Freetube - YouTube desktop client using data from Invidious

  • exifcleaner

    Cross-platform desktop GUI app to clean image metadata

    ExifCleaner - remove most metadata from popular file types

  • dolphin

    Dolphin is a GameCube / Wii emulator, allowing you to play games for these two platforms on PC with improvements.

    Dolphin - emulator for GameCube and Wii

  • Cryptomator

    Multi-platform transparent client-side encryption of your files in the cloud

    Cryptomator - data encryption for all file types and folders

  • Bitwarden

    The core infrastructure backend (API, database, Docker, etc). (by bitwarden)

    Bitwarden - FOSS password manager

  • jami-cli

    Jami client for terminal

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  • keepassxc

    KeePassXC is a cross-platform community-driven port of the Windows application “Keepass Password Safe”.

    KeePassXC and its browsers' extensions

  • picosnitch

    Monitor network traffic per executable using BPF

    picosnitch - monitors and hashes programs that connect to the internet, and can check them with VirusTotal.

  • ColorPicker

    Powerful screen ColorPicker/Chooser application for Linux Desktop (by keshavbhatt)

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NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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