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Where am I going with this? Recently I've worked with a business that required Interenet Explorer, in order to open the cash register.
That's right, their cash register is networked and secured by a remote company. Without the internet (and ... Internet Explorer's Trident engine) they can't give you change or a receipt.
For some strange reason Internet Explorer wouldn't install on their dual hard drive, however, Avant did install and they were able to conduct business.
Nowadays, there are still some sites that might refuse one access without the Internet Explorer (Trident Engine).
I would like people on Linux and Unix to enjoy as much access to websites as possible as they do in MS Windows, even if it requires the use of MS Windows
Look at Google's Picasa. In order to get full functionality, with the latest features, one has to download the Windows edition, in addition to the Linux version.
Let's face it, there are many sources out there that still preclude and downplay open-source progression.
I hope this will help in obviating the need for MS os.