Okay, now I feel good. I’ve got VMWare installed with Windows XP as the guest OS. That means Office and who knows how many other apps are readily accessible for me. REBOL, for starters. It’s supposed to be cross-platform, but REBOL is happiest by far under Windows.
Incidental anecdotal comment: Windows XP running with 512 MB of RAM in a virtual machine is still significantly snappier than a “real” install of Vista and 2 GB of RAM. And I had turned most of the Vista eye candy off before getting fed up and installing Fedora.