Download Linux - Best Software & Apps

  • Universal USB Installer

    1.9.5.9

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Master Linux with Universal USB Installer

    7
    239 votes
    • PROS: Easy three stage installation., Make a bootable Linux drive., Experiment with Linux builds.
    • CONS: Potential compatibility problems.
  • MPlayer

    RC 2 1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Pocket PC
    Windows Mobile

    A great free player with support for hundreds of formats

    7
    404 votes
    • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Very fast response, Light on system resources, Extensive support for keyboard shortcuts
    • CONS: Dull interface
  • WinSetupFromUSB

    1.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Software to install Windows from a USB device

    7
    374 votes
    • PROS: An excellent means to protect against a system failure , This application is able to support various Linux-based ISO files
    • CONS: The application is considered to be rather technical in its nature , There is currently no support offered for Windows 10 users
  • Chrome OS Linux

    1.9.1077_

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Fast and lightweight operating system built around Google Chrome web browser

    8
    89 votes
    • PROS: The best web browser, blazing fast and secure
    • CONS: Some hardware may not be fully supported
  • Cygwin

    1.7.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Tools and utilities to emulate Linux in Windows

    7
    109 votes
    • Kali Linux Downloads

      2017.2

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Ethical hacking software downloads

      8
      22 votes
      • PROS: Offers weekly builds
      • CONS: Not for beginners, Limited to Linux
    • Linux Mint

      Gloria 7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free user friendly Linux distribution

      8
      621 votes
      • PROS: Free download , Simpler than standard Linux
      • CONS: Requires some reading , Not for everyone
    • Angry IP Scanner

      Beta 3.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Easy, Open-Source Internet and Network Scanner

      7
      73 votes
      • PROS: Fast, configurable and accurate , Available for Windows, Mac and Linux
      • CONS: No Windows XP official support , Certain Unicode UI characters may pose rendering issues
    • Fedora LiveUSB Creator

      3.10.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Wizard to install Fedora Linux on your USB drive

      8
      22 votes
      • ZPlayer

        3.0.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        ZPlayer is a music player written in java, have a unique visual and works on Windows, Linux and MacOS.

        8
        54 votes
        • Ardour

          Varies with device

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows
          Mac

          A free music editor for OS X, Windows and Linux

          -
          No votes yet
          • PROS: A free tool that every audio engineer should have, The most flexible mixer architecture in the entire music industry
          • CONS: Even audio engineers will need a little time to get acquainted with its functions, Only professionals will be able to handle it
        • Classic Doom 3

          Patch Final 3.1.3.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          A Classic First Person Shooter

          7
          686 votes
          • PROS: Classic Doom game remastered and rebuilt in a modern Graphics Engine: The Classic Doom has never looked so good, Ports available for Windows Mac and Linux operating systems.
          • CONS: Only a mod not a stand alone game requires Doom 3 to be able to run and play, Fan supported game mod not an official release game
        • Linux MultiMedia Studio

          (LMMS) (64 bits) 0.4.13

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Everything you need to create music on your computer

          7
          335 votes
          • QupZilla

            2.1.1

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Web browser that takes cues from Firefox and Chrome

            8
            106 votes
            • PROS: Built in Flash and adblock, Great performance, Supports many Linux distros and Windows, Easy to use interface
            • CONS: Limited extension selection, No bookmark or settings sync
          • Banshee

            2.4

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows
            Mac

            Simple Linux inspired music player

            9
            28 votes
            • PROS: Easy to edit playlists, Easy to edit playlists, Support for last.fm and podcasts, Extend with plugins, Displays YouTube videos
            • CONS: Limited codecs for video playback
          • DiskInternals Linux Reader

            1.1

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Access your Linux files from Windows

            5
            17 votes
            • PROS: Allows you to access Linux files from Windows
            • CONS: Only allows you to read and not edit files in Linux
          • Intel® SDK for OpenCL™ Applications

            2016 R2

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Improve Your Program's Performance with Parallel Programming

            9
            12 votes
            • PROS: Improve your programming by making use of all modern hardware has to offer, Advanced debugging allows you to fine-tune parallel workloads, Cross-platform support available for Windows, Linux and Android devices
            • CONS: Parallel programming experience is required to make the most of this SDK, which is not for beginners
          • Clementine

            1.2.0

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows
            Mac

            Lightweight, easy-to-use music player

            9
            85 votes
            • PROS: Build your own library, Support for online music networks, Includes tag editor and cover manager, Visualization effects, Nice interface and controls
            • CONS: Not many library management options
          • Netgear Genie

            2.4.22

            License
            buy Download
            Platform
            Windows
            Mac
            Android
            iPhone

            Create bootable drives for Linux distributions

            10
            1 vote
            • PROS: Supports a range of distributions, Can also be used to load system utilities
            • CONS: Not all distributions USB supported, Can be complicated for some users
          • Damn Small Linux

            (DSL) 4.4.10

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Extremely compact, 50MB Linux

            8
            100 votes
            Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
            #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
            1Gloria 76218.4Windows
            2RC 2 1.04047.5Windows, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile
            3Patch Final 3.1.3.16867.4Windows
            41.43746.8Windows
            5(LMMS) (64 bits) 0.4.133356.7Windows