That’s odd. Microsoft will allow a major supplier to deliver a PC configured without a bundled operating system. So long as it’s Virtual PC for Mac, apparently – the ‘standalone’ package is a raw PC in software, on which you can install your choice of Windows, Linux, *BSD, Solaris, OPENSTEP, OS/2 Warp, etc etc.
Well, I think it’s funny.
[chorus off: ‘Geek!’]