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- Liquid PromptLiquid Prompt is a adaptive and configurable command-line shell prompt extension. It provides a nice prompt with colors that displays a variety of information depending on what you are doing and how your box is doing. The default prompt is a short and simple one similar to the default bash prompt, but with colors. Liquid Prompt is a great alternative to manually setting the shell prompt using
$PS1=that can enrich the everyday command-line experience.
- DOSBoxDOSBox is both a x86 and DOS emulator which lets you run old MS-DOS software on modern computers and phones running just about any operating system, DOSBox supports more operating systems and platform than most software. DOSBox emulates old PC hardware, it does not run any code natively, which is why it can run MS-DOS programs on just about any hardware/OS combination. DOSBox is mostly known for enabling you to play older games, but it is also very capable to run spreadsheet programs and all kinds of other programs. It will run the vast majority of all MS-DOS software perfectly.
- Fr-041: d e b r i sFr-041: debris is a PC scene demo for Windows using DirectX 9 to render graphics. It was released by the German demo group farbrauch on April 11th, 2007. It had very impressive graphics for the time when it was released and it is still a very good-looking and generally very nice PC demo with a decent, but not superb, audio track.
- Fr-063: MagellanFr-063: Magellan is a pc scene demo by the German demo group farbrauch. It was released in December 2018. The screenshots of it on sites like pouet and scene.org look pretty nice. Running in it in Wine results in disaster.
- Isolated, in sunlightisolated, in sunlight is a Windows scene demo made for the Revision 2020 Party demo competitions. It is not very exciting or very impressive, it is, in fact, kind of boring. The only remotely interesting about it is that it's a piece of Windows software with graphics which makes it a fun thing to test in Wine staging and development versions just to see if it runs or not.
- Blue NebulaBlue Nebula is a free very fast-paced online teamed first person shooter with decent graphics. There are many game-modes like death-match and capture the flat to choose between. It has very few hardware requirements making it a really cool and nice game to play either at high resolutions at high frame-rates on modern hardware or standard 1080p resolution on old and/or modest hardware.
- GNOME WebGNOME Web, or just "Web" as it appears in desktop menus, formally known as Epiphany before the GNOME team decided to rename everything according to general names resembling their function, is the default web browser in the GNOME desktop environment. It is built on top of the WebKitGTK rendering toolkit which, as the name implies, is based on Apple's WebKit rendering engine. It is, much like the default Edge browser on Windows, only suitable for downloading a better web browser.
- UnvanquishedUnvanquished is a multiplayer first person shooter strategy game where you can choose to be on a human team or a alien team and fight the opposing side. There are bases and structures to protect and maintain, weapons to acquire, resources to earn and enemies, either aliens or humans depending on what team you pick, that need to be eradicated.
- Qmmpqmmp is a very nice playlist-based media player with support for skins, including those made for old-school programs like xmms and Winamp. It is modular and plugin-based and there are plugins for decoding all the audio formats.
- OpenRGBOpenRGB is a graphical free software program that, in theory, lets you control RGB lights motherboards, graphics cards and other devices from the Linux and Windows operating systems. Using it to control most of the RGB lights it supports on Linux requires compiling the Linux kernel with a special
i2c-devpatch and there is a fair chance won't work even if you do that. It is also possible that it will let you control RGB lights from a simple and easy to use graphical interface.
- Adriconfadriconf (Advanced DRI CONFigurator) is a graphical Mesa DRI configuration utility for developers, experts and even brave hobbyists who want to change Mesa settings graphics settings on Linux machines running Wayland or Xorg. It allows you to enable filters that change image quality, change debugging settings and, more importantly, change settings that impact performance.
- DeepinDeepin is a Debian-based Linux operating system from Chinese Wuhan Deepin Technology Corporation featuring a unique and very user-friendly desktop environment called "Deepin Desktop Environment". It comes with a wide range of easy to use applications written specially for it's Deepin Desktop Environment in C++ using Qt and the "Deepin Tool Kit" (DTK). Deepin is very easy to install, it is easy to use and it comes with everything you need to do most tasks you would want to do on a desktop or laptop computer.
- KontrastKontrast is a really simple program that will show you some example text and two color selectors that let you choose a text font color and a background color. Kontrast will give the colors you have selected a "Contrast ratio" score and tell you if they are "Perfect for normal and large text" or "Bad for large and normal text". And that's it.
- TLPTLP is a simple yet advanced power management script/utility for GNU/Linux that will adjust a lot of power-related settings when certain events like when AC power being disconnected or connected. It does not do any dynamic adjustments depending on system load or battery state or anything like that, it only applies settings on boot and when other clearly defined events take place. It does not have any GUI and it is not for novices. Power users may find it to be a useful tool.
- MSI KombustorMSI Kombustor is a GPU stress test and not really benchmarking application created by Furmark on the behest of Taiwanese Micro-Star International. MSI Kombustor can render a variety of scenes using either OpenGL or Vulkan and show how many FPS those scenes are rendered with. It may be useful as a GPU stress testing tool. It is not very useful for GPU benchmarking. There is no way to make it run through all the scenes it can render and produce a overall score.
- GeekbenchGeekbench 5 is a cross-platform CPU benchmarking application that tests single and multi-core CPU performance. The Linux version will run in a terminal and output some information about the system and the name of the benchmarks it runs and finish off by printing a link to a web page where results can be viewed. It is not exactly exciting to watch.
- HowdyHowdy is a free facial recognition package that makes GNU/Linux systems capable of "Windows Helo" style authentication by showing your face to a web camera. Howdy provides a PAM module for the Linux PAM authentication system. That allows it to be used with common login managers like SDDM for KDE Plasma and LightDM for Xfce and others. It can also be used for things like
sudoand anything else using PAM authentication.
- FlatpakFlatpak is a distribution-independent package management tool for Linux from Sweden which can be used in addition or as a substitute for Linux-distribution specific package managers like apt or rpm. It was created by Swedish developer Alex Larsson using the C programming language in 2015.
- Qutebrowserqutebrowser is a minimalistic Vim-style keyboard-focused web browser written in Python and PyQt5. It can use either QtWebEngine or WebKit to do web page rendering. You will probably love it if you want a keyboard-navigated web browser with Vim-style keys and you will probably hate it if you want a web browser you can navigate using a mouse.
- Speech-dispatcherSpeech-dispatcher is a system daemon that allows programs to use one of the installed speech synthesizer programs to produce audio from text input as long as it has a special module or a configuration file for the speech synthesizer programs you want to use. It sits a a layer between programs that would like to turn text into speech and programs who actually do that.
- KMouthKMouth is a simple speech synthesizer front-end built using the KDE framework libraries. It is a very simple program with an input field where you can type what you would like it to say and a fine button that makes it read the text you typed in out loud.
- FestivalFestival is a text to speech engine developed by the British at the Centre for Speech Technology Research (CSTR) division at the University of Edinburgh. It sounds very robot-like. The speech it creates is understandable but it is not anything remotely close human-sounding. It works, and it can be used for text to speech, but it is not the best free software alternative.
- GNU IceCatThe GNU IceCat web browser is a re-branded Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release version with slightly different more privacy-respecting defaults, different graphics and branding, some additionally really strange bugs and a hand-full of bundled extensions meant to provide more end-user freedom. The practical result of those extensions is a close to useless browser which is not suitable for most people. IceCat can be configured to be a somewhat usable privacy-respecting web browser given some time and effort even it if by default does not provide anything remotely resembling a good user-experience.
- NeoGFXNeoGFX is a dual-licensed C++ game engine, GUI toolkit and development platform. It supports developing games using OpenGL on the Windows platform. Support for OpenGL and Vulkan on the Linux platform is planned and scheduled for Q4 2021. NeoGFX has been in development since June 20th, 2015.
- Rdnssdrdnssd, available has part of the ndisc6 (ICMPv6 Neighbor Discovery tool) package, is a very small daemon that will listen for Recursive DNS Server (RDNSS) advertisements on IPv6 networks and automatically configure the system to use those by adding entries to
/etc/resolv.conf. It is useful on local networks where IPv6 is handled using stateless autoconfiguration using something like the radvd Router Advertisement Daemon.
- MuninMunin is a pluggable system monitoring suite capable of monitoring system load, network load, applications and much more on servers, routers and other gear. It is written by the Norwegians in Perl. Munin consists of two specialized programs:
munin-nodecollects information from local or remote servers and the
munintool generates a web page with nice graphs of everything monitored by
munin-nodeusing RRDtool. A running web server is required to view the graphs.
- Pngquantpngquant is a handy command-line utility for PNG images capable of reducing the file size to a fraction of the original using lossy compression. It can optionally do Floyd-Steinberg dithering to reduce the palette, further reducing the file size. PNG files processed by pngquant are typically between half and a third of the original image files size.
- ImageMagickImageMagick is a cross-platform suite of libraries, command-line tools and GUI tools for converting, creating, modifying and displaying digital image files. Several of the tools, like
convert, are very handy if you need to convert, resize or otherwise modify an image or ten in a terminal. ImageMagick supports pretty much all the image formats, if it is a image file and you need to do something with it then ImageMagick will much likely be able to get the job done.
- PlymouthPlymouth is the most commonly used bootsplash program on Linux systems. It supports showing background images, animations and effects during the boot process. Graphics are drawn using either Direct Rendering Manager or Kernel Mode-Setting framebuffer drivers. Plymouth and the theme files are packed into the
initrdimage. There are hundreds of themes to choose between even though GNU/Linux distributions tend to only come with one or two.
- MiniupnpdMiniupnpd is a internet gateway daemon that lets clients on a local network request ports to be forwarded to them using the UPnP and NatPMP standards. It is very small, it uses almost no memory and it can be configured to be more secure than most of the alternatives.