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  • Sysbench
    sysbench is a cli benchmark tool capable of doing general-purpose benchmarks of CPU, memory, I/O performance as well more specialized benchmarks. It is based on LuaJIT. It is mostly useful for testing server and VPS performance as it lacks any support for testing graphics performance and other desktop-oriented features.
  • Pure python QR Code generator
    The Pure python QR Code generator is a QR-code library which comes with a command-line utility capable of making images with QR codes in text, PNG and SVG formats. It is a handy little tool to use if you ever need to generate images with QR codes.
  • Bandwhich
    bandwhich is a terminal network monitoring utility capable of showing bandwidth use by process and connection on all or a single network interface. It is written in Rust and it has been in development since November 2019. It is capable of showing network use on a single interface correctly but it is wildly off when it comes to special interfaces like bridges and bonds.
  • Privacy Browser
    Privacy Browser is a web browser for Android which does more to protect your privacy than any other web browser. It has built-in advertisement blocking, tracker blocking and a easy button for toggling JavaScript on and off on a per-site basis.
  • GParted
    GParted is a disk partition editor for creating, resizing, removing, moving and copying disk partitions and file systems. It it written in C++ and it uses gtkmm for its graphical GTK interface. It is the go-to disk partition utility on GNU/Linux systems.
  • Vkmark
    vkmark is in principle a Vulkan graphics benchmark application for GNU/Linux. It renders a variety of not very advanced scenes and gives you a ball-park idea of how your graphics setup performs when it renders graphical content using the Vulkan API. It is not that useful.
  • Pale Moon
    Pale Moon is a web browser for Linux and Windows which is based on a Firefox fork in 2009. The interface is very similar to what Firefox had when it forked, it is very much like using a very old Firefox version with a more updated rendering engine. Web pages render fine, the majority of pages work as they should. It is overall a fine browser which is worth a look if you liked the interface Firefox had before they modernized it.
  • GNOME Maps
    GNOME Maps is a free software map application capable of showing a simple map using the OpenStreetMap map database. It has a regular map view, a satellite map view and a route planner which is useless for practical purposes. It has search bar on top of the map screen. There is no offline support, using the application requires a preferably fast Internet connection. There are no advanced features, no configuration options or anything beyond the bare-bone basics already mentioned. You can use GNOME Maps to lookup a location and see it on a map and that's it.
  • OSMand
    OSMand is a very advanced and highly usable free software map and navigation program for Android. It supports downloading map packages of geographical areas or countries for completely offline navigation, using it does not require any online connectivity.
  • Secret Maryo Chronicles
    Secret Maryo Chronicles (smc) is a free software 2D jump and run platform game very similar to the classic Super Nintendo "Super Mario" game. The gameplay is essentially the same. The graphics is much, much better. Secret Maryo Chronicles is made using SDL and it uses OpenGL to draw high-quality graphics. It is essentially like playing the old Super Mario game with prettier and more modern graphics.
  • Waifu2x
    waifu2x is a highly praised image up-scaler which does slightly better job than most other tools and filters when it comes to image up-scaling. The original version is Windows-only and it requires a NVidia GPU. GNU/Linux users can compile and use a fork which uses OpenGL.
  • Celluloid
    Celluloid is a basic and easy to use GTK-based video player which uses mpv for the actual video playback. It has a playlist and either buttons or menu options for choosing video track, audio track and subtitle track and that is the extent of its features. It offers very little beyond what is available in mpvs on-screen controls which makes it a somewhat pointless mpv front-end.
  • Linux Mint
    Linux Mint is a GNU/Linux distribution most notable for its distinct green and black branding. It it based on Ubuntu Linux LTS releases with the latest (as of early 2020) Linux Mint 19.3 release based on Ubuntu 18.04. It is available as live ISO images with either Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce. Linux Mint adds its own branding, some custom configuration files and newer versions of Cinnamon and MATE to its Ubuntu LTS variant. The differences beyond that are minor.
  • Apvlv
    apvlv is a small, simple vim-like keyboard navigated document viewer capable of opening PDF, UMD and text files. The manual lists DjVu and HTML as supported but they are not. apvlv lacks any toolbar or other mouse-related features and the keyboard shortcuts you would expect to work in a document reader don't. The keyboard commands and shortcuts are, instead of being similar to common desktop software, mostly like those found in vi/vim. You may feel right at home and like if it you use vim as your main editor, you can write apvlv off as plain useless if you don't.
  • GNOME Document Viewer
    "Document Viewer, also known as Evince, is a document reader for the GNOME desktop environment capable of opening PDF, PostScript, DjVu, XPS, DVi and comic book archives.
  • Zathura
    Zathura is a simplistic plugin-based document viewer designed to be keyboard-navigated. There are plugins for viewing PDF files (either using poppler or MuPDF), PostScript, DjVu and comic books files (.cbr/.cbz) available. It does not have a toolbar or any mouse-oriented features, it is only for those who are content with keyboard navigation. You will probably love it if you like vim.
  • SMPlayer
    SMPlayer is a very nice multimedia player which uses the Qt libraries for the GUI and mpv or MPlayer as back-end for video playback. It has a playlist you can drag and drop files to. It lets you open links to websites with videos on them as well as DVDs and BlueRays. You can easily choose subtitles, audio track and so on when playing a video. It is overall a really good media player capable of playing any local or remote multimedia file or stream.
  • Catfish
    Catfish is a simple graphical file searching front-end for either slocate or GNU locate on. It is written with Xfce in mind and it can be used on any desktop environment running on GNU/Linux or *BSD systems. It can be a bit useful for finding files in a folder tree or a computer in general but its usefulness is somewhat limited.
  • Qpdfview
    qpdfview is a light-weight document viewer capable of opening for PDF, PostScript and DjVu e-books and documents. No other file formats are supported. It is written using the Qt toolkit with very few other dependencies. It is lightweight and fast yet feature-rich and very usable. qpdfviews biggest limitation is its disturbing lack of support for common e-book formats like ePub, the comic book formats .cbr and .cbz and most others.
  • Okular
    Okular is very advanced multiplatform document reader built on the KDE framework. It is capable of opening numerous e-book and document file formats including PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, XPS, EPUB and comic book formats (cbr/cbz). It will also open other text file formats like markdown (.md) files, MS Office .doc files and pure text (.txt) files. Okular is a overall great document reader but its very high memory use is a problem. It is available for GNU/Linux, Windows and macOS.