Online retailer NewEgg has coughed up OEM pricing details for Windows 7 this week, revealing deep discounts from the full retail version. If you want Microsoft's latest OS on the cheap and missed out on earlier promotions, it's certainly not a bad way to go. Strictly speaking, OEM copies are intended for computer builders, but …
Linux couldn't ask for better marketing. I've run Ubuntu for three years and have no Microsoft products. Couldn't be happier. Linux continues to improve - enhanced read-write reliability, ext4, expanded hardware compatibility, and USB 3.0 support. All software updates come automatically from a single repository. Ubuntu is working towards a 10 second boot time. From Microsoft, "improvement" means a flashier display, lack of backward compatibility, greater use of hardware resources, and increased measures to protect the company from pirates.
Tongue in cheek
Or you could get a Mac.
Snow Leopard - £25 retail.
One size fits all. Open the box and there's single disc encompassing ultimate, home, premium, home ultimate; 32 bit, 64 bit, etc. All rolled into one.
Lack of support
"The OEM version also requires a clean install that wipes the hard drive and comes with little to no support from Microsoft."
You've never actually tried Microsoft 'support' have you?