Here is the scenario…
I have a laptop, which has plenty memory and disk space. It was bought with a licenced copy of Windows 7 installed.
I have repartitioned the hard disk into a Windows area and a separate area where I have installed Linux Mint. It is of course a duel boot machine now. The Windows area is hardly used at all now, and is there mainly as a fallback.
There are one or two programs that I like and am used to that only run under Windows, Windows Live Writer being one of them. To avoid constant reboots, the obvious answer is to install a Virtual Machine within Linux. This leads to my little question regarding ethics.
I need to install Windows 7 within the VM, as that is the whole point of the exercise. Technically, under strict interpretation of the law, I should buy a new copy of Windows 7. I see from Amazon, that this would cost me around $180, which is quite a lot for the privilege of running one free program. However, I already have a licenced copy for this machine, which by definition cannot be used if I am within Linux.
Legally, I presume I should purchase a new copy of Windows, but ethically, I don’t think that should be necessary.
What do you think?