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Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once (AIM/ICQ/IRC/MSN/Yahoo!)

The award-winning Firefox Web browser and recommended plugins:

  • NoScript plugin - Allow JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from sites you trust.
  • Adblock Plus plugin - Filters all those ads and banners on the internet
Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator / CorelDraw. This program can write standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format, DXF, or PDF (Linux/MacOS/Win32.)
GiMP tool was reskinned to be more user friendly like Photoshop (Linux/MacOS/Win32.)
7-Zip is a free file archiver with a good compression

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!

Avast Anti-Virus Free Edition for Win32
  1. Select Custom install mode
  2. DO NOT INSTALL TOOL-BAR OR URL MONITORING
Spybot-S&D - A free spyware/adware scanner for Win32
ZoneAlarm® with component control is a versatile firewall for Windows XP
SCiTE is a free source code editor for Win32
FileZilla is a free, open source, cross-platform FTP/SFTP client
PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms