The Linux operating system has evolved from a niche audience to widespread popularity since its creation in the mid 1990s, and with good reason. Once upon a time, that installation process was a challenge, even for those who had plenty of experience with such tasks. The modern day Linux, however, has come a very long way. To that end, the installation of most Linux distributions is about as easy as installing an application. If you can install Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop, you can install Linux.
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Windows/Mac/Linux: When it comes to notes apps, you have a seemingly endless trail of options, but it's rare to find one that's cross-platform, supports the Evernote-style of rich notes, and works without needing an account somewhere. Collate is just that.
Windows/Mac/Linux: LibreOffice, the open source, free alternative to Microsoft Office, just got a big update that adds in a ton of new features alongside a new cloud version you can install on your own server.
Mac/Linux: Wine has long been the best free, open source tool for running Windows apps on Mac and Linux. Yesterday it finally hit version 2.0, bringing along support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit software on Mac.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Google's ADB and fastboot are incredibly powerful command line tools for customising your Android phone. Up until now, these tiny tools have been bundled in the gigantic Android SDK, but Google will finally let you download these tools on their own.
Windows/Mac/Linux: You've got plenty of choices for app launchers, but if you don't mind getting your hands messy and adding your own features, Zazu is an app that's worth a look.
Windows/Mac: HandBrake is the best tool for burning DVDs and converting video files on both Windows and Mac, and after 13 years in development, it has finally hit version 1.0.
When it comes to network security, most of the tools to test your network are pretty complex. Nessus isn't new, but it definitely bucks this trend. It's incredibly easy to use, works quickly and can give you a quick rundown of your network's security at the click of a button.
Windows/Mac/Linux: A few months ago, Opera launched its own free, built-in VPN, but you could only get it if you manually enabled it in the dev version of the browser. Now, it's available for everyone in the stable version of Opera.