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Linux Group Tests - Part 2

This is the largest set of group tests available, and it is constantly being updated and new articles added. Almost all of the software featured in the group tests below is free to download (and open source).

This is the second of a five part article. The other parts cover:

Part 1: Gaming, Internet & Networking, Office
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

We are regularly adding new group tests, and intend to make this feature cover every different type of software. If you wish to suggest a new Group Test, please contact us by email at

Given that our health is of paramount importance, software in this field is particularly relevant to everyday life.
Electronic Medical Records - For medical practitioners
Medical Imaging - To view DICOM images
Medical Practice Management - Supervise and support the day-to-day operations of a medical practice
Food and Drink - Nutrition, diet and BEER!

Desktop & Productivity
Desktop environments consist of icons, windows, toolbars, folders, wallpapers, and desktop widgets.
Lean Desktops (new) - The finest candidates for older hardware
File Managers - Orthodox, navigational and spatial file managers
Orthodox File Managers - One of the older families of file managers
Alternative File Managers - Useful file managers that receive little coverage in Linux publications
Console File Managers - For anyone who wishes to revel in the power of the command-line
Window Managers - Compositing, stacking and tiling window managers
Docks - Switch quickly between applications
Desktop Search Engines - Locate information with the minimum of fuss
Productivity Tools - Utilities to make your life a little bit easier
Essential Utilities to Boost Productivity - Very small utilities
Note-taking Apps (new) - Keep track of information
OneNote Alternatives - Free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration
Collection Managers - To keep track of stamps, multimedia, posters, comics and more
Task Managers - Help organise your day
Time Tracking - Type of computer software that records time spent on tasks
Task Management Tools - Create a list of tasks to be completed
Personal Information Managers - Help manage your life by offering personal organising functionality
Calculators - Compute difficult mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs
Clocks - Includes alarm clocks and timezone clocks
Diary - Flexible and useful diary tools
Terminal Emulators - Access a console and console based software
Screen Capture - Versatile open source screenshot programs
Plain Text Screencasting Tools - Explain and perform commands at the same time, providing a tutorial and showcase
e-book Tools (new) - Best open source e-book tools available to download
Small Console Menu Utilities (new) - Four tiny utilities that offer menu facilities

Scientific Software
Science really prospers and advances when individuals share the results of their experiments with others in the scientific community. There is a certain logic that scientific software should therefore be released in a freely distributable environment.
Scientific - Maths, biology, chemistry, physcis, electronics & engineering and more
Physics - The study of matter and energy applying laws that govern natural phenomena
Chemistry - The study of matter and the changes it undergoes
Biology - Concerned with the study of living things
Bioinformatics - The application of mathematics, computing and statistics to the analysis of biological information
Graphical User Interfaces for R - For statistical computing and graphics
Robotics Software - Branch of artificial intelligence concerned with the study of robots
Plotting Tools - Helps to analyze and visualize data
Statistical Analysis - Helps scientists understand a concept or representation and make possible predictions based on this understanding
Geometry - Combines three branches of mathematics: geometry, calculus and algebra
Earth Science - Wide range of fields such as geology, geography, geophysics, meteorology and oceanography
Astronomy - Deals with the study of celestial objects
Astronomical Data Analysis - Capable astronomical analysis systems
Electronic Design Automation - Design electronic systems such as printed circuit boards and integrated circuits
Laboratory Information Management System (new) - Streamlined workflow automation and management
GPS - The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based navigation satellite system
Reference Management Tools - Software for academics and authors to use to record and use bibliographic citations

Backup software is used to perform a complete back up of a file, data, database, system or server. It enables users to make a duplicate of everything contained on the original source. This type of software is also used to perform a recovery of the data or system in the event of a disaster.
Backup Tools - Intuitive graphical interfaces, snapshot software, and command-line tools
Online Backup Solutions - Including services which use cloud technology
Simple Backup - Keep data safe with the minimum of fuss

Financial software covers a wide spectrum including personal finance, stock trading, investment analysis, accounting, business solutions and microfinance.
Financial - Keep track of stock market movements, analyse the markets, and more
More Financial Software - Picks of our favorite personal finance and stock market tools
Bitcoin Clients (new) - Decentralized peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency
Econometrics - Statistical software that is specialised for econometric analysis

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