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6 of the Best Free Linux Fractal Tools

6 of the Best Free Linux Fractal Tools

A fractal is a geometric shape or quantity which displays self-similarity and non-integer dimension. The property of self-similarity applies where a self-similar object is exactly or approximately similar to a part of itself. If you zoom in on any part of a fractal, you find the same amount of detail as before. It does not simplify.

There are many mathematical structures that are fractals including the Koch snowflake, Peano curve, Sierpinski triangle, Lorenz attractor, and the Mandelbrot set. Fractals also describe many real-world objects, such as crystals, mountain ranges, clouds, river networks, blood vessels, turbulence, and coastlines, that do not correspond to simple geometric shapes.

Fractals are rooted in chaos theory, and because of their nature they are perfect for organic looking artwork and landscapes.

Fractal-generating software is any computer program that generates images of fractals. Linux has a good selection of fractal software to choose from.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 6 absorbing fractal tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to create their own unique images from computer generated art.

Now, let's explore the 6 fractal tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Fractal Tools
Gnofract 4D Four-dimensional, inter-relational Mandelbrot and Julia set generator
Terraform Fully-featured terrain generator using fractal formulae
XaoS Real-time interactive fractal zoomer
Xfractint Mature fractal generator
Fraqtive Draws Mandelbrot and Julia fractals
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