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Linux Group Tests - Part 1

This is the largest set of group tests available identifying the best software that is available to download. The collection includes more than 220 different group tests, with comprehensive sections on internet, graphics, games, programming, science, office, utilities, and more. Almost all of the software is released under a freely distributable license.

The original objective in starting the compilation was to dispel the FUD that Linux does not have the necessary software to compete with Windows. Over time, the aim of the compilation was to enable Linux users, whatever their level of computing experience, to identify software of all types that is worth exploring. With the huge range of open source software available, there is simply not enough time for users to evaluate every application even within a single category of software.

The compilation is being frequently updated and new articles added on a regular basis.

This is the first in a five part article. The other parts cover:

Part 2: Health, Desktop & Productivity, Science, Backup, Finance
Part 3: Programming, Text Editors, Education, System Administration, Religion, Family History, Humor
Part 4: Graphics & Multimedia, Utilities, Web Applications
Part 5: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Documentation, Other Articles, Programming Languages Books, Free Proprietary Software, Android Devices

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If you believe that Linux is just for business, think again! There are thousands of games available that run on your favorite distribution. Here are the best around!
The hottest Linux games covering all genres: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
More quality games, again divided into three parts: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Even more hot games, again divided into three parts: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Highly addictive games: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Notable games: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Up-and-Coming Games: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Peachy Games: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4
Roguelike games (new) - Roguelike is a sub-genre of role-playing games
Free Steam Games (new) - Roundup of no charge Linux games hosted on the Steam Platform
Video Console Emulators - GameBoy, Nintendo 64, Megadrive, PlayStation 1 and 2 and Arcade
Mega Drive Emulators - The Sega Mega Drive was a leading 16-bit video game console system
Home Computer Emulators - Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Amstrad and Amiga
ZX Spectrum Emulators (new) - Reminiscing the Wonderful ZX Spectrum
Quirky Home Computer Emulators (new) - Experience Home Computers that Missed the Big Time
Educational - Games edutainment combining education and entertainment
Chess - including clients, databases and engines
Chess in a Few Bytes (new) - Chess implemented in less than 1K
Puzzle - Mentally stimulating, and a great diversion from everyday life.
ASCII Games - No fancy graphics here, just great gameplay coupled with the urge of always having just one more play
More ASCII Games (new) - Real ASCII gems which are immensely addictive and great fun to play
Commercial Games - Native Linux games that require a payment
More high quality commercial games, divided into a three part series: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Showcasing the finest commercial indie games, divided into a three part series: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
Engines for developers to create high quality games: Part 1 - Part 2

Internet & Networking
Internet and networking software has always been one of Linux's strongest areas.
Security - Exhaustive survey of all the finest security tools
Web Browsers - The quintessential desktop application
4 Cutting Edge Web Browsers (new) - Alpha stage web browsers
Small Footprint Web Browsers - The quintessential desktop application with a small footprint
Email - Email clients, groupware, servers, utilities, security, filtering, mailing list managers and more
Lightweight Graphical Email Clients (new) - Widely used from beginners to power users
Anti-Spam Tools - Proficient Linux anti-spam tools
Email Encryption Tools - One method of ensuring electronic privacy
Google Reader Replacements - News aggregators for web browsers
Instant Messaging Clients - Real-time text communication between two or more individuals
Usenet Tools - Usenet is a worldwide distributed Internet discussion system
Download Managers (new) - Dedicated to the task of downloading files, optimizing bandwidth usage
News Aggregators - Collect news, weblog posts, and other information from the web
Voice Over IP Software - Telephone-like voice conversations across IP based networks
Remote Display Software - Use the mouse and keyboard to control another computer remotely
IRC Clients - IRC is a type of real-time Internet text messaging
Console IRC Clients - Good fit; small, lean clients, that can be run on any hardware
Twitter Clients - Peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files
More Twitter Clients - Additional clients that are worth investigating
Console Twitter Clients - Use console based apps to engage in this form of microblogging
Up-and-Coming Clients to Tweet (new) - Not yet the finished article, but extremely promising clients
Social Networking - Create your own Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
System Monitoring Tools - Real-time incident notification, performance analysis etc
More Monitoring Tools - Additional high quality solutions for monitoring services, services and network hardware
Console Based Network 'top' Tools - Small tools that derive inspiration from the 'top' troubleshooting tool
Port Scanners - For network inventory and the verification of the security of a network
Disk Encryption - Easy-to-use data encryption and security
MAC/RBAC Tools - These controls include authentication, authorisation and audit
LDAP Solutions (new) - Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
Network Inventory Management (new) - Collate all network infrastructure data and keep it up to date
FTP Clients - Time-honored method of transferring files
Command-line FTP Clients (new) - Time-honored method of transferring files on the command line
Console Internet Applications (new) - Superior replacements for their GUI equivalents
UPnP Servers - Share your music, photos and videos with your network
Network Authentication Servers - Connection authentication, authorization, and accounting management

Office Software
Linux is becoming very popular in the business environment.
Office Suites (new) - Collection of related software for business and other uses
Office Software - Essential tools for the corporate desktop user
Groupware - Enables users to collaborate, regardless of location, via the internet or a corporate intranet
Project Management - Project management tools
Business Process Management (new) - Manage your Business with a Complete Software Solution
Relational Databases - Most databases are based on this type
MySQL Tools - Essential utilities for MySQL
MongoDB GUIs - Graphical User interfaces for the non-relational NoSQL database
PDF Tools - Create, view and manipulate Portable Document Format (PDF) files
Presentation Software that Shines - Help make your slides look stunning
Document Processors - Produce high quality documents by focusing on content
OCR Tools - conversion of scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into searchable, editable documents
LaTeX Tools - LaTeX editors, bibliography tools and more
Script Writing - Produce perfectly formatted scripts for film, tv, books and more
Document Management Systems - One of the functions provided by Enterprise Content Management

Proceed to Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

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