There are lots of utilities available as free software, not only for the GNU/Linux platform but also for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh (MacOS). In addition to that, you may have use for certain non-free software products (meaning you are not allowed to distribute copies of them yourself or use them for applications beyond what the license allows). Here we will try to give you some hints and advice on what you should install on your own computer to achieve a basic working environment.
|Windows 7||Operating system||MSDNAA,Dreamspark||Download||Highly recommended|
|Adobe Reader||Read PDF files||EULA||Download||Not needed if Acrobat is already installed|
|Adobe Flash||View Flash content||EULA||Download|
|Firefox||Web browser||MPL (free)||Download|
|Java||Running Java programs||EULA||Download|
|PuTTY Tray||Remote login to UNIX||MIT (free)||Download|
|Xming||X server for Windows||BSD, MIT (free)||Download||Can be used in conjunction with PuTTY|