Do you realize how many people would come out of the woodwork and say they were developers just to get a free copy of the much awaited Longhorn? Then again, Apple did this with Panther. The difference was that it was a *surprise* to all of the people who
*already* spent $3000 to attend their developer's conference (they got a neat iSight camera as well). I'm sure Microsoft could easily justify the same, but to do what the Linux community does naturally, I wouldn't hold my breath. Besides, would it take a true
developer to install those free beta versions of Windows? If so, maybe the idea could fly. Say, instead of having a great wizard, you were left to run FDISK and such on your own. That would indeed help. But it wouldn't be perfect either.