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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 210 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 four part article. The other parts cover:

Part 2: Health, Desktop & Productivity, Office Software, Science, Backup, Utilities, Finance
Part 3: Programming, Text Editors, Education, System Administration, Religion, Family History, Humor, Web Applications
Part 4: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
FTP Clients - Time-honored method of transferring files
UPnP Servers - Share your music, photos and videos with your network
Network Authentication Servers - Connection authentication, authorization, and accounting management

Graphics & Multimedia
With a huge selection of open source software available, Linux offers the ideal environment for audio and video enthusiasts.
Graphics - Create, modify and convert 2D and 3D computer graphics
HDR Imaging - High dynamic range imaging (HDR) is an important technology for photographers
Renderers - Generate an image from a model (or a collection of models, known as a scene file)
Modelers - 3D Modelling Software
Flickr Tools - Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application
Camera Tools - Camera applications for RAW image files
Photo Metadata Editors - View and edit metadata tags interactively and save them in the graphics file
Small Image Tools - Small image tools that are incredibly useful
RAW Processing Tools - Process RAW files
Webcam Tools - Software for video capture devices
Fractal Tools - Geometric shapes or quantities which displays self-similarity and non-integer dimension
Photo Management - Organize your digital image collection
Audio - Music players/managers, recording/editing and more
Audio Players - Enhanced functionality and integration with internet music services
Lightweight Audio Players - Finest audio players without the bloat
Pandora Radio Clients - Music streaming automated music recommendation service
Synthesizers - Create a known or unknown, common or unusual sound experience
Podcast Tools - Digital media consisting of an episodic program downloaded or streamed over the Internet
Tag Editors - Edit metadata of multimedia files
Video - Players, video recorders, collection managers and more
Video Editors - Video editing is the process of editing motion video footage
Transcoders - Process of the conversion of digital data (typically video and audio files) from one format to another.
Media Centers - Turn your Linux box into a state of the art media center with an integrated easy-to-use interface
Screencasting - Digital recordings of computer screen output
Plain Text Screencasting Tools - Digital recordings of computer screen output
Screencasting (Updated) - Digital recordings of computer screen output
Computer Aided Design - Produce professional drawings
Music Notation - Open source alternatives to Sibelius and Finale
Alternative Music Players - Music players that undeservedly receive little publicity
Console Based Multimedia - Light on system resources
Guitar Tools - Applications that are targeted at guitarists
Speech Tools - Speech synthesizers, speech recognition software, speech recognition engines, and speech analysis
Music Servers - Turn your Linux box into a music server, distributing digital tracks over a network
DVD Tools - Play DVD multimedia, create DVD videos, software to write to them, and more
Dedicated multimedia distributions: 64 Studio, DeMiDi, dyne:bolic, and Ubuntu Studio

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