MS just put out Virtual Server 2005 R2 as a free download (right, its free, you don't even need a product key, and it doesn't expire, and hey-- they don't even have that absolutely NASTY "Genuine Windows Some BS" thing on the download page!)
So I got a copy -- its only 25MB - about the same size as the .NET platform FX.
Then I downloaded MONOPPIX - that's the KNOPPIX Live Linux CS with MONO pre-installed (Won't catch me messin' around with those nasty RPM's d00d).
Virtual Server 2005 R2 is very nice. You can boot off an ISO image (as above) on the hard drive, all you have to do is enter it's path. KNOPPIX booted up perfectly the first try, and everything works great.
The Viewer will remind you of the VNC Client JAVA viewer - it even runs nicely in IE7.
All is fine, except for one thing, and I doubt it has anything to do with Virtual Server - MonoDevelop, their IDE for MONO, comes up with all the text "unreadable" as if the screen resolution is too small. I couldn't find a way to fix it. Any KNOPPIX Linux geeks out there know how?
Virtual Server 2005 R2: Price, FREE. Recommended! Here's a direct link to the 32-Bit Installer, hopefully it will enable you to bypass the silly Passport registration pages. By the way, Microsoft? Are you there? You folks need to stop naming all these different things the same: "Setup.exe", OK? Just give them descriptive unique names. Just common sense, guys.
UPDATE: Mono-Live looks even better - has SharpDevelop