- Gimp - Just like Adobe Photoshop, but free.
- iTunes - organize your music, access podcasts and get your music on, of course.
- Skype - With this VoIP program you can chat with your friends for free online.
- Firefox - Tabbed browsing is convenient and the browser is safer to use than Internet Explorer.
- OpenOffice - A free alternative to Microsoft Office with spreadsheets and word processing.
- FileZilla - A free FTP program for transferring files between computers.
- VLC Player - High-quality video player.
- Picasa - Share and manage your photos.
Also see the best web 2.0 tools for students.