And I never want to pay the bloated price of MSDN tools and MSVStudio again either. Anjuta, Eclipse, Netbeans, Monodevelop are all free. GIMP is free. Blender is free. Kino, and cinerella is free too. And so is perl-dvd ripp and libdvdcss.
Right...Microsoft could try to give you tools like those for free(like the express product), but then they'd be really successful. We all know what happened last time- oppressive laws and a lousy AG tried to prosecute Microsoft for the inclusion of Internet
Explorer and success.