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  1. OpenSSH is a free version of the SSH connectivity tools that technical users rely on. OpenSSH encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks.
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  2. rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate.
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  3. GNU Midnight Commander is a visual file manager, licensed under GNU General Public License and therefore qualifies as Free Software.
  4. cURL is a computer software project providing a library and command-line tool for transferring data using various protocols with URL syntax: supporting FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, TFTP, TELNET, DICT, LDAP, LDAPS and FILE.
  5. tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a separate program, to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached.
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  6. BorgBackup (short: Borg) is a deduplicating backup program. Optionally, it supports compression and authenticated encryption.
  7. ranger is a file manager with VI key bindings. It provides a minimalistic and nice curses interface with a view on the directory hierarchy. The secondary task of ranger is to psychically guess which program you want to use for opening particular files.
  8. GoAccess is an open source real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer that runs in a terminal in *nix systems or through your browser. It provides fast and valuable HTTP statistics for system administrators that require a visual server report on the fly. Why GoAccess?
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  9. Leafpad is a lightweight text editor that emphasizes simplicity. As development focuses on keeping weight down to a minimum, only the most essential features are implemented in the editor.
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    Make is a tool which controls the generation of executables and other non-source files of a program from the program's source files.
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    Irssi is a terminal based IRC client for UNIX systems. It also supports SILC and ICB protocols via plugins.
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  10. Tig: text-mode interface for Git Tig is a git repository browser that additionally can act as a pager for output from various git commands.
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  11. Kakoune is a code editor heavily inspired by Vim, as such most of its commands are similar to vi’s ones.
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    Is a tool for creating commits and managing branches. It was inspired by and initially based on gitool. Written in Tcl/Tk. Stable versions are shipped with Core Git since version 1.5.
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  12. The swiss army chainsaw of terminal emulators.
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