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100 Essential Free Apps
We can all admire the vast number of open source apps and tools that are available on modern operating systems. They come in all shapes and sizes. Small console tools that can be easily integrated into large projects, feature-rich apps that offer everything bar the the kitchen sink, well designed tools, and eye catching candy. Open source software holds numerous compelling advantages over proprietary software.

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matplotlib is a pure Python plotting library designed to bring publication quality plotting to Python with a syntax familiar to MATLAB users. All of the plotting commands in the pylab interface can be accessed either via a functional interface familiar to MATLAB users or an object oriented interface familiar to Python users. Read more


  • BleachBit
    BleachBit deletes unnecessary files to free valuable disk space and maintain privacy. It removes junk including cache, temporary files, and cookies. Designed for Linux systems, it wipes clean Bash, Beagle, Epiphany, Firefox, Adobe Flash, Java, KDE,, Opera, rpmbuild, XChat, and more. Read more hot
  • Google Desktop
    Google Desktop was a desktop search application that gave you easy access to information on your computer and from the web. Read more hot
  • About My Cache
    About My Cache is a powerful utility to help you keep track of what's going on in your Netscape-Navigator's Cache-Directory.
  • Animesorter
    Animesorter matches files based on regular expression and move them to a different directory based on the regular expression used.
  • Comclear
    Comclear is a fast program to erase the history, cookies and cache of the Konqueror web browser/filemanager.
  • Condiskcat
    A utility for cataloging and searching files on removable media. Source package only. License: GNU GPL
  • dic
    a simple, console-based disk catalogizer. It can easily add disks to the catalog, search in the catalog, search for files, automatically retrieve found files without requiring you to manually navigate through the source media, and more
  • du2rrd
    du2rrd is a program to keep track of disk space usage by parsing du output into rrd files. It visualizes the result in an AJAX-based Web front-end based on Qooxdoo. du2rrd provides a historical account of the development of your disk space use.
  • FastDup
    FastDup is a tool to find identical files within directory trees, with a focus on the ability to scan very large trees and files in reasonable amounts of time. The use of clever techniques and optimizations to avoid comparisons allows fastdup to significantly outperform many existing solutions, and has a benefit of being entirely I/O bound (insignificant CPU usage). It is released under a modified BSD license, allowing all use, redistribution, and modification for non-commercial purposes.
  • GdMap
    GdMap is a tool which allows to visualize disk space. To display directory structures cushion treemaps are used which visualize a complete folder or even the whole hard drive with one picture.
  • Gnobog
    Gnobog lets you manage your favorite Internet sites' addresses.
  • GNOME Disk Catalog
    GNOME Disk Catalog is a set of tools to keep your ZIP disks, floppy disks and CD-ROMs in order.
  • Hotlist
    a very simple URL manager written in C - allows you to add and remove URLs from the list
  • PDFCat
    PDFCat is a fast and lightweight catalog management application to keep track of PDF documents coming in through many possible ways. This is not meant to be a highly available solution for complex and unified cataloguing.
  • Pinot
    Pinot is a D-Bus service that crawls, indexes and monitors your documents. Read more
  • qdu
    qdu is a graphical disk usage tool based on Qt. It acts as the du unix command, but the result is displayed as a more readable hierarchical histogram. One immediately sees which directories consume the most disk space, and each directory can recursively be opened to see its content. You can then delete or move files to save disk space.
  • Recoll
    Recoll is a personal full text search package based on Xapian. It provides an easy to use, feature-rich, easy administration interface with a Qt-based GUI. Text, HTML, PDF (with pdftotext), PostScript (with Ghostscript's pstotext), MS Word (with Antiword), OpenOffice, and maildir and mailbox mail folders are supported along with their compressed versions. Powerful query facilities are provided. Multiple character sets are supported, and internal processing and storage uses Unicode UTF-8. Read more
  • ScrollKeeper
    a cataloging system for documentation on open systems. It manages documentation metadata (as specified by the Open Source Metadata Framework(OMF)) and provides a simple API to allow help browsers to find, sort, and search the document catalog. It will also be able to communicate with catalog servers on the Net to search for documents which are not on the local system
  • Tracker
    Tracker is a tool designed to extract information and metadata about your personal data so that it can be searched easily and quickly. It can trawl through your hard drive and index existing files and data stores. Read more
  • ZIPTool
    an IOMega JAZ/ZIP drive tool for Linux. Features locking/unlocking (with password) of media, eject media, spin down drive, mount, and unmount

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