All of these programs are FREE (open source) to use and redistribute.
Name
Description
Link
OpenOffice
Office suite
http://openoffice.org
Ad-Aware
Anti-spyware
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Celestia
Galaxy simulation
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
ClamWin
Free Anti-Virus with automatic updates
http://www.clamwin.com
MS dot net framework
Required for various programs
http://www.microsoft.com/net
Firefox
Better, safer browser than IE
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/
FreeMind
Idea mapping tool
http://freemind.sourceforge.net
GIMP
GNU Image Manipulation Program - Like PhotoShop
Install GTK first, then GIMP:
http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html
Inkscape
Vector Drawing and SVG Graphics program
http://inkscape.org/
OpenClipArt
SVG graphics, use with Inkscape
http://openclipart.org
Audacity
Sound editing
http://audacity.sourceforge.net
You should also install the LAME MP3 plugin and others on the downloads page.
NVU
WYSIWYG Web Editor
http://www.nvu.com
Paint.NET
Paint Program
http://www.getpaint.net
Install MS DOT.net framework first.
PDFCreator
Print any document as a PDF file
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator
Scribus
You'll also need GNU Ghostscript to use Scribus.
DesktopPublishing program - like Pagemaker
http://www.scribus.net

http://www.gnu.org/software/ghostscript/ghostscript.html
SpyBot Search & Destroy
SpyWare Blocker
Very good program
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/
Stellarium
Night sky viewing program - very good
http://www.stellarium.org/
Change default video settings to 1280x768 in program when you run it for the first time.
TightVNC
Allows virtual viewing and control of laptop
http://www.tightvnc.com/
TuxPaint
Simple paint program for younger children
http://www.tuxpaint.org
Download the extra stamps too!
TuxType
Simple typing game
http://tuxtype.sourceforge.net

These programs are FREE to install and use. Downloads are available through distributor's web sites.
Google Earth
3D Earth mapping with satellite imaging. Very cool...
http://earth.google.com
Adobe Flash, Acrobat, Shockwave
Browser plugins from Adobe. You'll need to download and install these AFTER you install Firefox.
http://www.adobe.com/downloads/
iTunes
Supplies Qucktime and software to subscribe to podcasts
http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
Real Player
Player for real media audio and video
http://www.realnetworks.com/products/free_trial.html
RealProducer Basic
Create your own real media from audio and video clips
http://www.realnetworks.com/products/free_trial.html
Burniso
Simple iso cdrom burner
Download link
Skype Free Internet phone software http://skype.com