Top Ten Open Source Software To Try In 2023

Bloggers like to write about the same open source software year in and year out. Most people already know about Blender, Gimp, and LibreOffice. I would like to introduce ten open source products I think deserve a mention. I actually use or test these on all my Linux machines.

Most of the software listed here are stable, with the exception of Olive and Zrythm. The reason I list them is because they are pretty damned good for being under heavy development. They are both very exciting projects in my humble opinion.

BeerefBeeRef lets you quickly arrange your reference images and view them while you create.Graphics
UpscalerUpscaler is a GTK4+libadwaita application that allows you to upscale and enhance a given image.Graphics
PixeloramaPixelorama is a free and open source pixel art editor.Graphics
TunerDiscover and Listen to your favourite internet radio stations.Audio
NovelWriterA markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels.Writing
JoplinJoplin is an open source note-taking app. Capture your thoughts and securely access them from any device.Notes
RNoteRNote is an open-source vector-based drawing app for sketching, handwritten notes and to annotate documents and pictures. Notes
BottlesRun Windows apps in Wine bottles easily.Wine
TauonMusicboxPlay your music in style.Audio
OliveOlive is a free non-linear video editor with VFX node editor.Video

A few bonus apps! Why not?

Ear TagTag music files.Audio
BlanketListen to different sounds to relax or fall asleep to.Audio
μPadA powerful note-taking app that helps you organise + take notes without restrictions.Notes
SomaRadioA simple radio with built-in stations from the website