A look at Vista's geek-surly licensing
To be honest, these ugly restrictions won't have much affect on the average home user, but could they be any more geek-unfriendly? Surly restrictions like this piss off power-users, who are the people those average Joes turn to when they want to know what kind of computer to buy. Microsoft is sure to make a pretty penny on Vista, but at what cost?
Update: This article at MacInTouch points out another wrinkle: If you use Vista Business or Ultimate inside a virtual machine, you are forbidden from accessing DRM-protected media: "You may use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system. If you do so, you may not play or access content or use applications protected by any Microsoft digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other Microsoft rights management services or use BitLocker." [Via Boing Boing]
Update 2: ZDNet's Ed Bott sheds some doubt on the Home virtualization issue, saying that TechWeb and others misinterpreted the license. He says, in short, that virtualization is perfectly fine for Vista Home, but you must have a license for each virtual machine just as with XP. However, if you shell out for Vista Ultimate or Business, "you can load another copy of that same OS, using the same product key, in a virtual machine on that same computer." Which would be a huge perk for power-users willing to put up the extra cash. Hopefully someone from Microsoft will chime in sooner or later with a difinitive clarification.