I guess were really hoping for windows to go open source then eh?
I'm not. My personal view is that if you're only happy with everything working straight out the box, windows is your best bet. If that's the case then you've just got to cough up and pay for it, it might be annoying but hey - that's your option.
I've got no qualms with Unix and Linux however. Yes, they take a bit of setting up to start with and sometimes they're not the easiest to use if you've just used windows all your life. But they're there for what they are if you need them - and if you can set them up properly and use them correctly, they're fantastic at what they do. Much better than windows in a lot of cases!