WGA false claims
@Haydies and others, the problem was a) Microsoft falsely claimed WGA was a critical update, which was reserved for security patches and, you know, CRITICAL stuff. b) People don't want Microsoft to phone home with information about their computers, which WGA does. c) Not brought up in the case apparently, but WGA malfunctions and falsely tells people they have non-genuine copies of Windows. YOU might not think this is a big deal, but others do. Although, apparently not the judge.
re: "I'd love to use linux all the time but the simple truth is, as a desktop os its not very good. Its a shame, it really is but linux people spent to many years telling every one that the command prompt was what real users use."
I always have to laugh at this.. "oh no a command line!" But Windows users will not think twice about being expected to fire up a registry editor. Well, the reality is Windows users probably don't have to edit the registry often if at all, and modern Linux users don't have to use a command line much if at all. Although I must agree with "them", both under windows and linux real users do use the command line. A lot of online instructions involve the command line simply because it's easier to cut'n'paste some stuff over than to say "click here, then here, then check this box, etc. etc."
Oh and "me four". I am also Microsoft free. I am rather surprised no distro company has gone in big on some wine development -- wine really is pretty good in terms of compatibility, I don't think it'd take much to make it close to 100% compatible. Amusingly, in some cases Wine has better Windows compatiblity than Windows, there's a Wine for Windows people have used to run old like Directx3-era games that will not work with DirectX9 (or 10 or 11) directly.