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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 170 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 three part article. The other parts cover:

Part 2: Health, Office Software, Science, Backup, Utilities, Finance, Text Editors, Education, System Administration
Part 3: Programming, Religion, Family History, Humor, Web Applications, No Charge Proprietary Software, Documentation, Other Articles, Android Devices

We have produced a PDF file bringing together the three parts of this article into a single document. The PDF file is released under a GPL license. Help promote Linux by sharing this PDF file. It can be downloaded here

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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
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
Educational - Games edutainment combining education and entertainment
Chess - including clients, databases and engines
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
Email - Email clients, groupware, servers, utilities, security, filtering, mailing list managers and more
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
BitTorrent - Peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files
Twitter Clients - Peer-to-peer file protocol for sharing large software and media files
More Twitter Clients - Additional clients that are worth investigating
System Monitoring Tools - Real-time incident notification, performance analysis etc
More Monitoring Tools - Additional high quality solutions for monitoring services, services and network hardware
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
Network Authentication Servers - Connection authentication, authorization, and accounting management

Desktop & Productivity
Desktop environments consist of icons, windows, toolbars, folders, wallpapers, and desktop widgets.
Lean Desktops - 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
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
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
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

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 - Software for raw image 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
Synthesizers - Create a known or unknown, common or unusual sound experience
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
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

Proceed to Part 2 and Part 3.

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