If I tell the truth, making a list of best Linux software is very tough task. And if you start writing about best software for Linux I’m sure that you can fill an entire book by listing various softwares in different categories. So to make the work easier, I decided to gather all the best Linux application under the same hood.
I visited lots of web forums, some online sources and took a help of lots of users and Linux expert to complete this list. I’m damn sure without their help I will not be able to make this list. I have categorized the best Linux Software Applications based on the performance, ease of use and quality. So without further ado, let us have a look at best Linux software for 2013
Antivirus Software for Linux
Its an amazing antivirus software for Linux which offering all scanning feature of Avast Antivirus.
Its an open source virus scanner and its tool-kit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses.
Its a Linux version of AVG which is well know as antivirus and anti-spyware security software.
Get the best real-time security for your Linux PC with this advanced software.
Firewall Software for Linux
Gufw is a firewall powered by UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall).
Shorewall is a gateway/firewall configuration tool for GNU/Linux. Using this you can make managing iptables easier.
Its an amazing graphical interfaced Open Source firewall for Linux.
File Recovery Software for Linux
1. Mondo Rescue
It’s free disaster recovery software. It supports Linux (i386, x86-64, IA-64) and FreeBSD (i386).
Its an free and open source data recovery utility which you can use to recover lost partition.
Data recovery tool which tries to extract data from damage area of floppy drives, hard disk partitions, CDs, tape device.
File data recovery software which helps you to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks.
One of the simple and easy to use data recovery utility.
Backup Software for Linux
One of the best backup program for Linux which you can use to back up and store personal, business and enterprise data securely.
Free Disk-to-disk backup software suite with a web-based front-end.
3. Deja Dup
Its an simple and powerful backup tool for Linux.
Powerful, fast and reliable free backup application.
Fast and extraordinarily versatile file copying tool.
Its an feature-rich user backup program that allows you to backup your documents anytime, anywhere.
System Maintence Software for Linux
An application designed to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. Its featuring control panel to manage lots of features of Ubuntu.
Its a GNOME process viewer and system monitor with a nice easy-to-use interface.
Browsers for Linux
Its one of the best web browsers from Google.
It’s another top most open source web browser.
Its a lightweight and fast web browser.
Its one of the most advances and fastest browser.
Epiphany is a simple yet powerful GNOME webbrowser targeted at non-technical users.
Open source text and graphic web browser with a pull-down menu system.
Its a web browser for KDE based on WebKit.
Email Clients for Linux
Its an open source email client.
2. Claws Mail
An email client (and news reader) with plugin mechanism.
It provides integrated mail, addressbook and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop.
KMail is a simple and safe way for kids and teens to email friends and family.
Communitcation Software for Linux
Its a flexible and extendable multiple protocol instant messenger.
Free Pidgin universal chat client for Linux.
XChat is an IRC chat program for Linux.
A messaging program that supports all the modern features just like Pidgin.
5. TeamSpeak 3
Its an multi-platform voice chat program.
Open source microblogging client for Linux..
Free desktop news aggregator with support for Google Reader and Tiny Tiny RSS.
Chat program using which you can connect to different networks like MSN, Gtalk, Facebook chat, Jabber and others.
Most popular VoIP desktop client for Linux.
Photo/Images Software for Linux
One of the best editor for editing SVG files.
Its simple and easy to use photo editor for GNOME.
Its another photo manager just liked Shotwell but with more features.
With the help of this software you can take pictures with different cool effects.
One of the most popular open source image editor.
One of the popular desktop publishing program with lots of features.
Advanced digital photo management application, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a “snap”.
Open-source photography workflow application and raw developer.
Audio Software for Linux
Its one of the best music manager like iTunes.
Its an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTune.
Best movie player for Linux.
Open source utility for converting audio and video files.
5. Sound Juicer
Software helps you to extract audio from compact discs and convert it into audio files.
Music player and manager with support for cover art, last.fm integration, and QtScript plugins.
Audacious is a free and advanced audio player based on GTK+
Using this you can play music for many different offline and online sources.
Audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.
Multiplatform music player which inspired by Amarok 1.4 with easy to use user interface.
Its an amazing audio mixing software for perfect DJ enviornment.
Video Software for Linux
Open-source cross-platform multimedia player using which. You can also stream audio and video in different formats.
Free open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD
Another Free open-source video editor for Linux but it’s very simple and powerful which focuses on usability, flexibility, and style.
Open source, non-linear video editor
One of the simple and easy to use media player for common formats.
Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.
Amazing software to capture activities that occur on your desk.
Complete media center solution for Linux.
Files and Drives Software for Linux
Free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.
Its a default file navigator for GNOME.
It’s a file navigator software for KDE with lots of social media features.
New modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment.
Advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE
Its an graphical disk usage analyzer for GNOME
Its best file manager for free operating systems.
Its a cross-platform file manager.
Document Software for Linux
Free power-packed open source personal productivity suite.
Its another open-source office productivity software suite.
An open source (freeware) word processing program.
A spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME.
Its notetaking application written for Linux and other GTK+ platforms.
Full-screen writing program for Linux.
Professional text editor by KDE.
Calligra Suite is a graphic art and office suite.
Productivity Software for Linux
Desktop note-taking application
Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++
Use this software to track the time which you spend on projects.
One of the best docks software for Linux
Its cool alternative to Docky
Software library used to provide a vector graphics-based. It’s also an alternative to Docky and Avant Window Navigator.
Open-source screenshot program for Linux
File hosting and synchronization software for Linux
Application that allows the user to share his mouse and keyboard between two or more computers.
10. Gnome Tweak Tool
An application for changing the advanced settings of GNOME 3
Graphical text editor designed to maintain a collection of locally stored wiki-pages
Summoner/launcher in the style of Quicksilver or GNOME
An amazing application to manage and share your daily to-do lists.
14. Nitro Tasks
Its one of the best to-do list application using which you can sync with Ubuntu One and Dropbox
15. Ubuntu One
Its cloud service for Ubuntu users with 5GB free.
Desktop Environment for Linux
A graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system.
Powerful graphical desktop environment.
Extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment
One of the best Desktop Environment which is light weight and good looking.
Best Windows manger which provide great customization
Highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support.
Lightweight desktop environment
Free and open source lightweight desktop environment, it’s the same technology which KDE uses.
Its desktop software which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience.
Archive Manager for Linux
1. File Roller
Its default archive manager for GNOME
Its another archive manger with lots of features
Using this you can create a Tar archives and lot more
CD/DVD Software for Linux
Application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop
2. Gmount ISO
Small tool written using PyGTK and Glade which allow you to easily mount your CD images
Comfortable CD/DVD writing suite for Linux/KDE
Download Manager for Linux
Using this you can download torrent files.
Its an cross platform BitTorrent client.
Another download manager to download torrents and online videos.
One of the best, free and open soExtreme Tux Racerurce download manager.
A free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP.
Best Games for Linux
1. Urban Terror
A free multiplayer first person shooter video game by Frozen Sand.
2. Alien Arena
Its a fast, fun, and free FPS deathmatch game!
3. Warzone 2100
Open source real-time strategy and real-time tactics game
Free, open source multi-platform flight simulator
Open-source downhill racing game starring Tux, the Linux mascot
Extremely competitive fast paced Arena First Person shooter
Free 3D kart racing game, with many tracks, characters and items
The Mana World is a free MMORPG game for Linux
A free, open source train simulator for Linux
Open source computer game inspired by Lemmings, but in this game penguine is replaced with Lemmings
11. Red Eclipse
Its a fast-paced, fun futuristic shooter
Its replacement of sims city. In the game your have to built and maintain your own cities
A fantastic transportation tycoon game.
Its not game but a game content delivery system and social media where you can find games which are compatible with Linux other operating system.
Editor Software for Linux
Highly customizable open source text editor and software
Its a more complex editor for the terminal with plenty of features.
A small, free and friendly editor which aims to replace Pico
Lightweight editing tool for the GNOME desktop
A powerful editor targeted towards programmers and webdesigners
Open source text editor for Linux, BSD, and Maemo
A lightweight cross-platform GTK+ text editor based on Scintilla
Freeware 2D computer-aided design (CAD) software application for Linux
Password Manger for Linux
Password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure.
A multi-platform open-source KeePass clone for Linux which stores passwords locally and encrypted.
Some Other Popular Software for Linux
Free open-source disk encryption software
Personal and small-business financial-accounting software, help you to manage multiple accounts and currencies
It changes the color temperature of your screen to prevent tired eyes just like f.lux do for Windows OS
A compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications in Linux
Add visual effects that make the Linux desktop easier to use, more powerful and intuitive
Its a multi-language Integrated development environment (IDE)
A personal finance manager for KDE
Window manager that will bring new life and special effects to your desktop
BleachBit quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy.
Its a free and open source genealogy software.
So these are some of the best Linux Software which you might love to try. So give a try to these software and share your opinion with us. Also if you have any software suggestion which you think deserve name in this list, feel free to share with us.