Poor Bill Gates. Vista is getting such a bad rep. The Romanian president claimed that his country has been built up on pirate copies of Windows. Now Mikhail Gorbachev (you know, the glasnost perestroika guy) is stepping in and asking Mr. Gates to not press charges against Alexander Ponosov, a Russian school-teacher who was found running illicit copies of Windows on his school computers. Apparently, Ponosov didn't even know the copies were illegal as they came pre-installed on the computers, and if found guilty, can be shipped off to a Siberian Prison camp. Yikes.
Microsoft has responded saying that they aren't dropping anything - a decision that leaves me wondering how conflicted one of the world's biggest philanthropists must feel.