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- XfmpcXfmpc is a really simple music player client for the music player daemon made with Xfce in mind. It is really basic and it lacks most and close to all the features you would expect from a modern music player. It's simply not anywhere near good enough compared to the alternatives.
- KDE NeonKDE Neon is a GNU/Linux operating system made by the free software project KDE which showcases the latest KDE Plasma desktop technology. It is fundamentally the latest Ubuntu Long-Term Support release with rapidly updated Qt and KDE repositories on top. The OS is available in 4 different variant: The "User" edition, the "Testing" edition and the "Unstable" edition and the "Developer Edition" which is the "Unstable" edition with development libraries pre-installed. It can be used directly from a live-USB or installed using a friendly installer.
- TORCSTORCS is an old racing car game with acceptable graphics for a game originally developed in 1997. The controls and gameplay isn't ideal and it's not very fun at all. The name TORCS stands for "The Open Racing Car Simulator" and it's website describes it as an "AI racing game and as research platform". Perhaps the developers simply didn't focus on making it a fun game for human entertainment.
- GLtronGLtron is a 3D light cycle version of the snake games who were popular in the early 1980s. Is is named after OpenGL and the movie Tron which inspired the game. It was originally released in 1999 and it has not changed all that much over the years. The graphics is simple and the gameplay is not at all exciting.
- Plasma DiscoverPlasma Discover is a all-in-one software manager and "app store" built around KDE Plasma which works in any desktop environment. It is user-friendly and it has an attractive look. It supports multiple package management systems as well as snap and flatpak which means it is usable as an alternative to the default software manager on most Linux distributions.
- KnightsKnights is a really nice chess game with support for playing against multiple computer chess engine opponents as well as online play against human opponents. It supports board themes, a few are included and numerous others are available as downloadable addons.
- XBoardXBoard is a chess game for Linux computers. It has been around for a very long time. It's graphical interface is not very fancy and it does not have a trendy look. It's great for playing chess against a computer opponent but it's not that great if you prefer online play. XBoard supports connecting to online servers but it's only possible to do so using command-line parameters.
- Naval BattleNaval Battle (KBattleShip) is a fun battleship game built on the KDE libraries. It can be played single player or multi-player over the network as long as you've got a friend willing to play (there is no central game server).
- PidginPidgin (originally known as "Gaim") is a multi-platform multi-protocol instant messaging client which allows you to connect to pretty much all the different messaging services. You can use Pidgin to talk to people on Discord, Google Hangouts, IRC, Matrix and many other services from Pidgin as long as you have an account at those services. It can support secure messaging over insecure messaging networks using a Off-The-Record plugin as long as both parties have support for that overlay protocol.
- Manjaro LinuxManjaro Linux is a community-made Linux distribution based on Arch Linux. It comes in four flavors, there are Xfce, KDE and GNOME desktop editions and an Architect option for more advanced users. It aims to have all the advantages of a bleeding edge rolling-release distribution like Arch while not being stable and user-friendly and quite so over-the-top bleeding edge as Arch.
- GbrainyGbrainy is a challenging brain teaser game with a large amount of logic puzzles, memory trainers, calculation puzzles and verbal challenges. It will time your answers and present statistics showing how many answers you got right and how much time you spent.
- Red Star OSRed Star OS is a Fedora-based Linux distribution which is very popular in North Korea.
- GeeqieGeeqie, known as GQView up to 2010, is a really nice, easy to use and powerful image viewer. It lets you browse through images in a folder and switch folder with ease. It's can show images as a slideshow using one folder or a tree. It is the best free image viewer program.
- AudaciousAudacious is a really nice skinnable modular music player which supports all the audio formats and features like volume normalization, cross-fade and more. It is a basic one playlist-oriented player; it is not database-driven unless you enable a search-plugin. It's made with high audio quality in mind and it supports all the audio formats.