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Thanks Taco -
It's better than nothing, I guess.
I believe that ChromeOS will be secure just like I believe that 75% of businesses can do business using only ChromeOS - that is, not at all.
Maybe someday the Google collective will realize that improvement cannot be realized if one doesn't admit to one's mistakes and act on that information. No doubt that's "just around the corner", along with the apocalypse of Macintosh malware, the death of the Windows desktop hegemony at the hands of the Linux desktop proletariat, and Christians awaiting their zombie-god's return.
1GB on Windows 7 is a recipe for disaster. I wouldn't run 1GB on a Windows XP machine, unless the user doesn't use more than one application at a time, and uses some form of webmail instead of Outlook and Exchange. Factor in a lifetime of 3 years (at least), and there's no way that you should be buying any desktop with less than 2 GB of RAM, dual cores, and some modern SATA rotating storage (not that bottom-of-the-barrel low-performance crap that gets used in cheapie desktops) if the users do more than look up YouTube videos on the Internet.
I tried to help out someone who had a Thinkpad T600e (Pentium II, 128MB RAM) and wanted to use it because it was the only machine that her relatives would not co-opt and install iTunes and every app under the sun on. I tried DSL, Puppy, etc. Compared to OP's requirements, this thing should've been a shoe-in: one USB 1.1 port, one CD-ROM. Neither DSL nor Puppy would boot on the thing - it would kernel panic when running setup regardless what kernel params I passed, on either distro.
I gave up and installed an old OEM copy of Windows 2000 Pro I still had kicking around - and it works fine. Hell, even Office 2003 works well.
I think the DMCA is stupid, but what you and I may think ethically doesn't mean a single thing from a legal standpoint. Here's hoping he gets off with a fine (though after seeing what happens to people who admit in court that they knowingly pirate songs, maybe that wouldn't be so great).
As far as white-box hardware, you're right. In my particular case, however, the machines in question were HP servers, not generic corner-cutting hardware, as you imply.
Further, on the two ML-series servers I had that met the hardware prerequisites for ESXi, neither would boot ESXi without a panic. I installed xen and had no problems.
I never tried Hyper-V, as xen met our performance expectations. How is Hyper-V's support for non-MS operating systems?