OK, now this will make some of you happy....
So I have my big-ass Intel dual-core ubermachine that I have run various software installs on. Until recently, it ran just fine with Ubuntu, but had Solaris 10, FreeBSD, and others at one point or another.
Usually it ran as a server for me, and if I needed to run something Windows based, I would fire up VMWare and run XP.
Now, Windows XP is wicked expensive. 250 dollars expensive. This is for the OS only. A rather creaky OS, I might add. Especially since I have a home-built Taiwan special, and not a Dell or HP developed in concert with MS and Intel.
Since I rarely ran Windows, I slept just fine at night using a less-than-legitimate copy of XP.
But, lately I have needed to run my Apple 30" Cinema Display on this machine, running Windows apps, mainly Visio, AutoCAD, and Outlook. The 30" display causes all sorts of havoc with systems, especially Linux. You could get it running after LOTS of coaxing, but the performance was terrible. Like 300 baud terrible.
So, I finally succomed and made XP my main OS on this machine, with VMWare running any *nix or BSD stuff on it. The display works great with it, but it's still XP. The biggest problem is that the Windows Genuine Advantage validation was becoming a pain in the ass. Manually downloading hotfixes for things was just not worth it, so I ended up with a vulnerable machine with hacked versions of the legitcheck.dll file.
Finally, MS "automagically" pushed a new version of the WGA DLLs, and now it constantly bitches at me. It really is annoying.
So today, I went and bought Windows XP. I am going to end up expensing it anyway, so it's not that bad a hit on my wallet. But I thought it might cheer some of you up out there that some of us actually do break down and buy this crap.
OK, rant is over.