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Software recommendations for Linux (Ubuntu, etc.), Windows, iOS (iPhone & iPad & iPod), Android, Firefox & Google Chrome. (Keep in mind that some software is multiplatform but only listed once.)


Atom: Text editor. (Open Source)
Catfish: File searching tool. (GPL v2)
gedit: Text editor. (GPL)
GNOME Screenshot: Take screenshots. (GPL)
GPRename: Bulk / batch renamer for files and directories. (GPL)
medit: Text editor that remembers your last position when browsing txt files. (GPL v2)
Pasaffe: Password Manager. (GPL v3)
p7zip: Compression / uncompression tool for zip, rar, 7z, etc. (LGPL v2)
pyRenamer: Mass file renamer. (GPL)
Recoll: A full-text search tool for Unix and Linux desktops. (GPL)
Redshift: Adjusts the color temperature of the screen according to the time of day. (GPL v3)
ScreenRuler: Measure objects on your screen. (GPL v2)
Searchmonkey: Search for file names and content using regular expressions. (MIT)
Wallch: Change desktop wallpapers automatically. (GPL)


Grsync: Synchronize folders, files and make backups. (GPL)


Anki: Spaced-repetition flashcard software. (Open Source)
Fraqtive: Multi-platform generator of the Mandelbrot family fractals. (Open Source)
GNU Octave: Numerical computations and extensive graphics capabilities for data visualization and manipulation. (GPL)
GoldenDict: Dictionary. (GPLv3+)
Stellarium: Planetarium software. (Open Source)
Tagaini Jisho: Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool. (Open Source)
Xowa: An application that lets you download Wikipedia to your computer (Open Source)


DeSmuME: Nintendo DS emulator. (GPL v2)
VisualBoyAdvance-M: Gameboy Advance emulator. (GPL v2)


Blender: 3D animation suite. (GPL)
digiKam: Photo management program, includes a tool that can seach for duplicate images. (Open Source)
GIMP: GNU Image Manipulation Program. (GPL)
Gpick: An advanced color picker and palette editing tool.
gThumb: Image viewer and browser. (GPL)
Inkscape: Vector graphics editor. (Open Source)
KColorChooser: A simple application to select the color from the screen or from a pallete. (BSD)
MComix: Electronic comic book reader (.cbr, .cbz). (Comix Fork) (GPL v2)
Phatch: Photo Batch Processor. (GPL v3)
Pick: A colour picker for Ubuntu, elementary, and other Linux OSes.
Scribus: Desktop publishing and page layout. (Open Source) Trimage: Cross-platform tool for losslessly optimizing PNG and JPG files. (MIT / X / Expat Licence)


Indicator Brightness: Adjust monitor/display brightness.
My Weather Indicator: Weather indicator.
Sound Switcher Indicator: Sound input/output selector indicator. (GPL v3)
SysPeek System Monitor Indicator: Indicator that displays CPU usage, memory usage, swap usage, disk usage and network traffic. (GPL v3)
System Monitor Indicator: Show CPU and memory usage and also various temperature sensors in the topbar. (GPL v3)
Todo-Indicator: Indicator for todo.txt-style todo lists. (GPL)
Touchpad Indicator: Enable & disable touchpad.


FileZilla: FTP solution. (GPL)
Firefox: Web browser. (Open Source)
HakuNeko: Manga Downloader for Linux & Windows. (MIT)
HexChat: IRC client.
PuTTY: SSH Client. (MIT)
Thunderbird: Email application. (MPL)
Transmission: BitTorrent client. (GPL, MIT)


Calibre: E-book library management and editing software. (Open Source)
FBReader: E-book reader.
LibreOffice: Office suite. (LGPL)
Okular: Document viewer.


Meld: Visual diff and merge tool. Compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. (GPL v2)
Pandoc: Universal document converter. (GPL)
regexxer Search Tool: GUI search/replace tool. (GPL v2)

Sound & Video:

Audacity: Record and edit audio files. (Open Source)
Banshee: Music player and library organizer. (Open Source)
Clementine: Music player and library organizer. (Open Source)
easyMP3Gain: Graphical User Interface (GUI) for MP3Gain, VorbisGain and AACGain (enables you to modify the loudness level of mp3,ogg,mp4 files). (GPL v2)
EasyTAG: View and edit tags for MP3, MP2, MP4/AAC, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MusePack, Monkey’s Audio and WavPack files. (GPL v2+)
Exaile: A music manager and player that remembers the current track position each time when shutting down and resumes playing it on next startup. (GPL v2, GPL v3)
gmusicbrowser: A customizable open-source jukebox for large collections. (Open Source)
Guayadeque: A music player that can automatically download lyrics and embed them in the file upon playing a song. (GPL v3)
Kdenlive: Nonlinear video-editor. (Open Source)
Kid3: Audio/ID3 tagger. (GPL)
VLC: Media player. (Open Source)

Recuva: Recover deleted items (e.g. photos deleted from camera).
Xenu’s Link Sleuth: A free multi-threaded link checking software to analyze web sites to find broken links.

AnkiMobile Flashcards: Spaced-repetition flashcard app.
Dictionary Linguee: Online & offline dictionaries.
Duolingo: Language-learning.
Google Authenticator: 2-Step verification.
Japanese: Offline dictionary.
Noirca: Minimalist application to take black & white pictures.
SBB Mobile: Timetable information.
Stellarium Mobile: Planetarium.
Twitter: Social networking & microblogging.
WordPress: Blogging.

airCHeck: Air quality in Switzerland an in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
AnkiDroid Flashcards: Spaced-repetition flashcard app.
Dictionary Linguee: Online & offline dictionaries.
Duolingo: Language learning.
FBReader: Ebook reader. Supports epub, rtf, doc (MS Word), html, fb2(.zip), mobi (including non-protected kindle books), and plain text file formats.
Feedly: RSS news reader / feed reader.
Firefox: Web browser.
Google Authenticator: 2-step verification.
Google Earth: Earth exploration.
Hora Benedicti: Tagesaktueller Abschnitt der Regula Benedicti.
hubiC: Data storage.
Japanese for Android: Offline dictionary.
Learning Japanese: Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese.
Maera: Minimalist camera app.
Maps: Google Maps.
Pollen-News: Pollenprognosen.
SBB Mobile: Timetable information.
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map: Planetarium.
Twitter: Social networking & microblogging.
Wetter-Alarm®: Unwetterwarndienst.
WordPress: Blogging.
Yahoo Weather: Weather forecasts.

Cookie Controller: Cookie Manager.
DownThem All: Download all the links or images contained in a webpage.
FEBE: Firefox Environment Backup Extension.
Ghostery: See and block web trackers.
Google Reverse Image Search: Search images reversely.
HTTPS-Everywhere: Encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
NoScript: JavaScript/Java/Flash blocker.
Rikaichan: Popup Japanese-English/German/French/Russian dictionary tool.
Secure Login: Extension for Firefox integrated password manager.
Strict Pop-up Blocker: Quickly toggle between blocking all pop-up windows and allowing some pop-ups.
TinEye Reverse Image Searc: Reverse image search engine.
Video DownloadHelper: Download and convert videos from YouTube-like sites.

Ghostery: See and block web trackers.
Google Translate: View translations easily as you browse the web.
HTTPS-Everywhere: Encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
Neater Bookmarks: Bookmarks tree popup.
Project Naptha: Highlight, copy, and translate text in any image.
rikaikun: Translate Japanese by hovering over words.
uBlock Origin: Script & ad blocker.
Vanilla Cookie Manager: Cookie whitelist manager.