Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to ANN: Oasis 4.5 (Updated OpenACS VM)
If they do, in 30 days you get to make another decision: is it worth $300 to not allocate a new hard drive/partition/box and set up Linux/Pg/OpenACS on it? For those of you with (lots of?) time or interest in learning how to set up software, go the do-it-yourself route. For people who'd rather dive right in and code, and forego all that wonderful sys-admin and hardware-compatibility knowledge, pay the VMWare people for taking that task away.
I think the no-cost-for-30-days try-it-and-see approach benefits people in both categories.
I think that a Windows-installer type of thing is a good idea, but realistically OpenACS is going to be a second-class experience on that platform for a long time, esp. given the AOLServer development roadmap.