Best Free Software Programs for GNU / Linux Distros of 2020

Best Free Software Programs for GNU / Linux Distros of 2020

Best Free Software Programs for GNU / Linux Distros of 2020

In the vein of the most used or «best programs » during year 2019 , today we will offer a small, but useful compilation of the «best programs » de «Software Libre» for our «Distros GNU/Linux» of «año 2020». In order to centralize a bit, the articles scattered over time on this subject, that is, the «best programs» by areas or categories.

A compilation that we hope will become a fair and balanced, well ranked and described list of «best programs », which allows covering from those traditional, essential and basic, which are usually simple and of general use for everyone, especially the «usuarios inexpertos, novatos y principiantes», even some of those that are very modern, important and of very special use in their areas of application, for a public made up of «usuarios más avanzados, específicos o técnicos».

Free Software Community:

In this compilation we will surely find many programs that, personally, some of us currently consider the «mejores programas» de «Software Libre» y «Código Abierto»both in «Distros GNU/Linux» as in others «Sistemas Operativos», Such as «Windows» and in «MacOS», for being multiplatform. And perhaps, others that we do not consider as such or worthy of being on that list.

However, the idea is that at the end of reading the compilation or list, this can through comments and suggestions of all, keep updating to generate a most universal and current list of «mejores programas» for our future «Distros GNU/Linux» next year.

It doesn't matter, if you are a «usuario inexperto, novato y principiante» or if you are a «usuario avanzado, específico de un área o técnico»All the suggested proposals are and will be important to evaluate to be inserted in the compilation for as long as necessary. Of course, without it degenerating into an infinite accumulation of applications that do the same. Therefore, the idea is that there are no more than 3 similar applications in each category.

Free Software and Public Policies: Benefits

Important statistical data

Before presenting the list we want to highlight before the connoisseurs or not, about the «Software Libre» y «GNU/Linux»How are they going until year 2019 . Here are the following important data to consider, highlight and disseminate, collected by the site called Court Hosting:

  • 100% of the supercomputers in the world run on Linux.
  • Of the top 25 websites in the world, only two do not use Linux.
  • 96,3% of the world's top 1 million servers are running Linux.
  • 90% of all cloud infrastructure runs on Linux and practically all the best cloud hosts use it.
  • 54,1% of professional developers used Linux as their work platform.
  • 83,1% of professional developers prefer to work on Linux as a work platform.

Free Software and Public Policies: Conclusion

Best Free Software and Open Source programs

Top Ten of the best free and open programs

  • Evince
  • Firefox
  • Gimp
  • Kodi
  • LibreOffice
  • Qbittorrent
  • Thunderbird
  • Shutter
  • Stacer
  • Vlc

Other top major free and open programs

Web browsers

  • Brave
  • Chromium
  • Tor Browser
  • Waterfox

Communication and Messaging Utilities

  • jami
  • Pidgin
  • Signal
  • Telegram

Educational utilities

  • Celestia
  • GCompris
  • calcium
  • Klettres
  • Marble Virtual Globe

General utilities

  • Alacarte
  • Conky Manager
  • Plymouth

Office automation

  • caliber
  • Day
  • a
  • Gedit
  • Mousepad
  • OpenProj
  • Typora
  • Scribus

Multimedia utilities

  • Audacity
  • Blender
  • Say cheese
  • C
  • Converseen
  • DarkTable
  • HandBrake
  • Inkscape
  • Kdenlive
  • Chalk
  • MuseScore
  • Pencil2D
  • Pinta
  • OBS Studio
  • OpenShot
  • OpenVPN
  • Simple Screen Recorder
  • Vokoscreen

Technical utilities

  • Baobab
  • BleachBit
  • ClamAV / ClamTk
  • Docker
  • Filezilla
  • FSlint
  • Go
  • GParted
  • Grub Customizer
  • GuFW
  • HWInfo
  • KeePassXC
  • Free Menu
  • Ntopng
  • Phoronix Test Suite
  • RootKit Hunter
  • Systemback
  • TestDisk & PhotoRec
  • Vim

Web Services Utilities

  • Franz
  • Rambox
  • Station

Gaming, Leisure and Entertainment Services Utilities

  • lutris
  • Playonlinux
  • RetroArch
  • Steam
  • Wine

Other Top Important Free, Non-Free, and Unopened Programs

  • AnyDesk
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • FreeOffice
  • JDownloader
  • Lightworks
  • NoMachine
  • Opera
  • Plex
  • Universal Password Manager
  • WPS
  • VirtualBox

Best free and open websites

Social Networks

  • disroot (
  • Mastodon (
  • Open Tube (


  • Kernel Organization (
  • Linux Foundation (
  • Linux Organization (
  • Open Source (


We hope that it is small, for now, the collection grows with the contribution of all blog readers so that it becomes an ideal reference for the entire «Comunidad de Software Libre y Código Abierto» that reads us. So, remember through your comments to make your suggestions, to evaluate them and include them if it were the case, to generate a more universal and current list of the «mejores programas» for our future «Distros GNU/Linux» next year, 2020.

If, on the other hand, you just want to know more about the applications recommended here, you can search the website Linux-Apps , more details of each one of them.

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  1.   Juan Perez said

    Sounds good to me. I switch to Linux. I have an IT technician called to install a distro for me.
    I encourage

  2.   Linux Post Install said

    Greetings Juan! Excellent, I hope your GNU / Linux experience is enjoyable and productive.