Vista banned from running on virtualization software
You might of seen this already, but Mac World is reporting on a post from the official Parallels Blog about the EULA's for Vista Home Basic and Home Premium Editions not letting your run the software via virtualizations software.
For Vista Home Basic and Home Premium Editions:"USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may not use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system."For Vista Enterprise and Ultimate Editions:"USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may use the software installed on the licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system on the licensed device. 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. We advise against playing or accessing content or using applications protected by other digital, information or enterprise rights management technology or other rights management services or using full volume disk drive encryption."
To me this strikes me as an odd move. Basically to run Vista you will need to shell out over £239($299 in the US) for one of the other editions. I gotta agree with the Parallels post here, MS had a chance to do a good things but seemed to of gotten mis-guided along the way. To be honest it makes me happier to have gone down the Mac route with the single version and no one putting heavy restrictions on its use - and before the Linux crowd jumps up I know I could move again and have NO restrictions :o). But the Mac does give me no need to worry about "which edition" is best suited to my needs. On the good side the story did remind me of this recent cartoonTo anyone who hasn't actually looked into all the different editions just check out Amazon, the selection is truly amazing