This is a list of recommended software applications. I prefer libre software that is stable and under continual development, and that works on a variety of platforms.
- Firefox/Iceweasel is a web browser known for its portability, standards compliance, and stability. It supports plugins such as flashblock and noscript to improve online security.
- Thunderbird/Icedove is an email application with fast searching. It supports plugins such as enigmail for encrypting and signing of emails.
- Pidgin is a chat client, that works with XMPP, MSN, and other networks.
- Password Safe is a password database. It stores them locally in a secure format, and allows passwords to be grouped.
- Transmission is a BitTorrent file downloading and sharing client.
- Audacity is a sound editor that allows recording, editing, mixing, effects, and format conversion of sound files.
- VLC is a media player and server that handles a wide variety of formats and codecs.
- MPlayer is a media player and encoder that handles a wide variety of formats and codecs.
- OpenShot is a non-linear video editor. It lacks some features, but is intuitive to use.
- Leafpad is a lightweight text editor, that renders non-Roman text properly.
- Scribus is a desktop publishing package. It is more appropriate than using a word processor in contexts that require proper layout control.
- XeTeX is a version of the TeX and LaTeX typesetting project that enhances the ability to work with Unicode characters and fonts.
- LibreOffice is a full office suite. It is a compelling alternative to Microsoft software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
- WordNet is a lexical database for the English language, providing a dictionary and thesaurus.
- flpsed is a tool used to add text annotations to PDF documents. The functionality is basic, but is useful for filling in forms, particularly locked ones.
- Geeqie is a lightweight image viewer. It provides a few basic manipulations.
- Inkscape is a vector graphics editor, optimized for SVG files. The user interface is clean and powerful.
- The GIMP is an image manipulation program for editing photographs and creating digital art. It lacks CMYK support and takes some learning, but has a wide set of features and filters.
- ImackMagick is a suite of command line tools and libraries that can be used to manipulate images.
- Blender is a 3D modelling package, used for movie and game projects.
- Pingus is a puzzle game modelled after the game Lemmings.
- NetHack is a dungeons and dragons style adventure, based on the earlier Unix games Hack and Rogue. The text based graphics do not detract from the gameplay.
- Frozen Bubble is a puzzle game modelled after the arcade game Puzzle Bobble.
- The Battle for Wesnoth is a turn based tactical strategy game with a fantasy theme. It can be single or multiplayer.
- PokerTH is a Texas Holdem poker application. Opponents can be computer simulated, or over the internet.
- Vim is a vi style editor, suited for programming. It has a bigger learning curve than most editors, but is powerful and fast for touch typists.
- The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is a collection of compilers with front ends for C, C++, Fortran, Java, and other languages. It compiles code for many platforms, and is known for its stability and standards compliance.
- git is a version control system, which is strongly decentralized and has efficient branching.