Operating Systems

Ubuntu Mate – User-friendly Linux. Powerful live rescue boot environment.

Arch Linux – Build your own operating system! Comprehensive documentation.


General Free Software

Audacity – Audio editor and multi-track recorder for most basic tasks.

Ardour – Production system for audio professionals.

Blender – 3d graphic design and video editor.

Filezilla – File transfer program. Great for exchanging files on web servers.

Firefox – Web browser respecting your privacy. Keep the web free! Excellent add-ons.

GIMP – Image editing software for all operating systems.

Inkscape – Vector graphics design for all platforms.

Kdenlive – Video editing, visual effects, transitions, and rendering.

Krita – Graphic design and image editing.

LibreOffice – Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, vector graphics, databases, and formulas.

MakeHuman – Open source avatar design.

Mixxx – Musical DJ playback supporting live track blending and multiple effects.

projectM – Graphical visualizations responsive to audio playback.

Riot – Group communications built upon Matrix.

Thunderbird – Email client offering message filtering and junk controls.

VLC – Video and audio player for any operating system.


Text To Speech

Festival – Mature open source speech synthesis system.

Festvox – Tools for building new voices for use with Festival.

Espeak – Compact text to speech system which uses formant synthesis processing.


Speech Recognition

PocketSphinx – Lightweight CMU Sphinx recognition engine under active development.

CMU Sphinx – Series of established open source voice recognition systems.

Kaldi – Extensible speech recognition toolkit written in C++.


Command Engines

Kayleevc – Recently updated spoken command recognizer based on Blather.

Blather – Earlier speech recognizer that will run set commands with spoken presets.

Lucida – Open web-based framework for interactive text search and image matching.



Gazebo – Free robotics simulation software. Available for Arch Linux and Ubuntu.

Robot Operating System – Open framework for creating robotic software using Linux.



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