These are some of the most useful applications available on the Linux platform. Almost all of them are free to use.
Getting your laptop or your phone stolen sucks, but there is something you can do about it. Prey is a lightweight theft protection software that lets you keep an eye over them whether in town or abroad, and helps you recover them if ever lost or stolen.
The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.
VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt 7.1a.
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.
Stremio is an app that helps you organize and instantly watch your favorite videos, movies, TV series and TV channels. Make sure to use some addons to give yourself the ultimate experience.
Plex organizes your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens.
All the music you'll ever need is right here. Your favorite artists, albums and readymade playlists for every moment.
Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.
The one-and-only remote for your computer. Turn your smartphone into a universal remote control.
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.
Brasero is an application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop. It is designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly.
HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.
KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).
TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software: certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.
GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.
UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions without burning a CD.
PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client, developed originally by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform.
Kate is a multi-document editor part of KDE since release 2.2. Being a KDE application, Kate ships with network transparency, as well as integration with the outstanding features of KDE. Choose it for viewing HTML sources from konqueror, editing configuration files, writing new applications or any other text editing task. You still need just one running instance of Kate. With a multi-view editor like Kate you get a lot of advantages. You can view several instances of the same document and all instances are synchronized. Or you can view more files at the same time for easy reference or simultaneous editing.
Wireshark is the world's foremost network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what's happening on your network at a microscopic level. It is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many industries and educational institutions.
Transmission is a BitTorrent client which features a variety of user interfaces on top of a cross-platform back-end.
VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite; Its clean interface and its powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office suite on the market.
GKrellM is a single process stack of system monitors which supports applying themes to match its appearance to your window manager, Gtk, or any other theme.
Private Internet Access VPN Service encrypts your connection and provides you with an anonymous IP to protect your privacy.
TunnelBear VPN provides you with a secure and private connection to a less restricted Internet. Up to 1.5 GB free per month.
Spotflux is the best way to protect and enhance your internet connection. It performs millions of cloud-based real-time calculations, encrypts and compresses your mobile internet traffic. Spotflux works across all your devices.
Get to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone. 2GB Free.
Working with coworkers and external teams has never been simpler – securely share files and collaborate with anyone, on any device. Easily create, edit and review documents with others in real-time or on-the-go and keep your projects moving forward. 10GB Free
Offers 50 GB of free storage space. Uploaded files are encrypted and only the user holds the decryption keys.
pCloud is your personal online storage space for your memorable photos and videos, your favorite music or important work documents. 10GB Free.
Store your files online in a personal and secure space. Either upload your documents to your online space yourself, or let the hubiC application do it for you. 25GB Free.
Chrome brings your open tabs, bookmarks and recent searches from your computer to your phone or tablet, and vice versa. That way you have your web on all of your devices. Just sign in on your other devices to start syncing.
Very good, feature packed, open-source browser. With many great available plugins Firefox is a must have for anyone wanting to greatly enhance their experience on the web.
The Opera browser is a fast, simple and safe way to get around on the web.
Chromium is the open-source web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. The browsers share the majority of code and features, though there are some minor differences in features and they have different licensing.
Midori is blazing fast, utilizing the latest web technologies and a small but dexterous array of extensions provide all the essential features.