A good while ago (maybe 7 months), I discovered Linux. I was very happy with it, and I liked all of its features, but in the end, I could not get programs to install. Every program I compiled gave me errors. When asking on a Linux forum for help, I was told that the problem was because I did not have any video drivers installed, but there was no doubt in my mind that I had properly installed my ATI Radeon 9800 Pro display drivers correctly, as I had been playing the 3d games that came with my distro on it. In the end, I found out that ATI's support for Linux was simply not adequate, and this was why I could not install my games on Linux. I continued to fight as I had spent my life savings (17, live with my parents) on a copy of SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional, but in the end, I had to give up. I'm now back to using just Windows and DOS as opposed to all three operating systems on my computer. When my birthday comes up May 2 next year, I will be buying an Nvidia card, but in the mean time, I'm stuck because I need to buy a new motherboard (and consequentially new RAM, and a new case), to keep up with my lan party friends for Christmas.
I do not mind using Windows, but there are a few things I miss, mainly having more than one desktop to switch between. I have recently heard about software that adds this feature to Windows, and I have found a very large number of competitors in the field. I badly want this, but I have two concerns about it:
1. I have no money - Nor have I any way of obtaining any. My parents do not want me to have a job. They won't say why, but I suspect it's because I'm partially autistic and they don't think I can handle it. With the fastest source of income being $5.00 a week in allowance, it's not practical for me to buy anything.
2. I am extremely paranoid about spyware/adware - I really can't psychologically handle getting this junk on my computer. I scan with Ad-aware every morning, use Microsoft alternatives as much as possible, pull my cord out when not using the Internet, and do a variety of other things to protect myself. I am afraid that if I download one of these free programs, it will come bundled with spyware, and as I can never feel safe after removing a severe infection, I would have to reformat again, which I didn't do that long ago, and I'm just about ready to reformat anyway for Christmas.
So my question is this? Does anyone have a recommendation a good virtual desktop program that is free and does not contain spyware? I have found free versions already, but I don't know if they have spyware bundled in them, so I cannot install them.
I am using Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2.