One of my colleagues just pointed out this website: Software for Starving Students. It's a free (as in cost) CD that includes a huge assortment of software that the group has deemed essential for students: GIMP, OpenOffice, FileZilla, uTorrernt, PDFCreator, VLC, GAIM, etc. (there are many more). Controversially, the CD contains some proprietary apps as well, and while there is a version for Windows and OS X, GNU/Linux users are out of luck. Why? Well, if you're using GNU/Linux, you ought to be smart enough to find all this free software on your own!