Thinking that it was an interesting change of pace that the company making the operating system, Microsoft, took a page out of the various GNU/Linux-distributions book and offered the system for free for prospective "switchers" to check out, I thought I would give it a try - maybe compare it to Ubuntu, or something.
Alas, it seems that to get to the free beta-version that everybody can download, you need to be a customer of the company first: "What web browsers support the Windows 7 Beta download experience? Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 support the Windows 7 Beta download experience."
I don't think I really need a "download experience" as much as I just need the actual bits to burn on the installation DVD. Also: who wants a "download experience"?!
I guess they aren't out to regain market shares from GNU/Linux distributions after all :-)
Update: The download URL is straightforward to extract from the HTML, so it is possible to download the .iso-image, if you really want to. I wonder if I can make Windows 7 Beta run from a usb-stick, like I do with Ubuntu.
I just noticed that "The Beta will stop working on August 1, 2009.". I certainly don't hope I like the system then!