Download Linux - Best Software & Apps

  • Universal USB Installer

    1.9.8.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Master Linux with Universal USB Installer

    7
    244 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

    8
    410 votes
    • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Very fast response, Light on system resources, Extensive support for keyboard shortcuts
    • CONS: Dull interface
  • WinSetupFromUSB

    1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Software to install Windows from a USB device

    7
    375 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
  • Cygwin

    1.7.17

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Tools and utilities to emulate Linux in Windows

    7
    109 votes
    • Chrome OS Linux

      1.9.1077_

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Fast and lightweight operating system built around Google Chrome web browser

      8
      90 votes
      • PROS: The best web browser, blazing fast and secure
      • CONS: Some hardware may not be fully supported
    • Kali Linux Downloads

      2017.2

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Ethical hacking software downloads

      9
      23 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
      602 votes
      • PROS: Free download , Simpler than standard Linux
      • CONS: Requires some reading , Not for everyone
    • Fedora LiveUSB Creator

      3.10.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Wizard to install Fedora Linux on your USB drive

      8
      23 votes
      • Angry IP Scanner

        3.5.2

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Easy, Open-Source Internet and Network Scanner

        7
        75 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
      • Ardour

        Varies with device

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        A free music editor for OS X, Windows and Linux

        10
        1 vote
        • 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
        689 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
      • 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
        • QupZilla

          2.1.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Web browser that takes cues from Firefox and Chrome

          8
          107 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
        • 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
          13 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
        • Banshee

          2.4

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows
          Mac

          Simple Linux inspired music player

          9
          30 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
        • 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
        • Kodibuntu

          1.0

          License
          buy Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Run Kodi from your Linux system

          7
          1 vote
          • PROS: Linus support, Identical to standalone version
          • CONS: Specifically for Linux, Not supported on other OS
        • Portable Ubuntu Remix

          Version TRES

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Run Windows and Ubuntu Linux simultaneously

          3
          27 votes
          • 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
          Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
          #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
          1Gloria 76028.4Windows
          2RC 2 1.04107.5Windows, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile
          3Patch Final 3.1.3.16897.4Windows
          41.9.8.22447.3Windows
          51.63756.7Windows
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