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Just paid ~$160 to Microsoft

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Finally my Windows XP copy arrived. Why did I need a Windows XP copy?

The last year I have been using Linux on a laptop that originally came with Windows. Since I never completely removed the Windows partition, I was able to test software on Windows and to occasionally run games and other Windows-only stuff on top of it.

But on September I got a Mac. I'm happy with it, but I was missing the ability to test stuff on Windows. Such as Jython, but also webpages on IE.

And I'm heavily opposed to piracy. So getting a random illegal XP copy on the internet wasn't an option. I do think that open source software is a great idea and would love to live in a world where all the major massively used software packages would be free (as in freedom). Not only for not having to pay ridiculous prices, but also for the increase of quality. But still, I do respect the decision of the developers to license their code as they want.

So I went and paid for a copy of Windows XP. Which was installed on my Mac using Bootcamp:

Hopefully it will also be able to run on a virtual machine. From the same installation on the same partition. I can tolerate one Windows, but not two.