Except that Remote Desktop is likely going to do the same thing as VNC and just show you whatever's on the main display.
These days, now that dual display video cards are pretty common, that would be the "best" solution. Get a second monitor, hook it up as a second display, and use that. To save on power, you only turn it on as needed.
I've even seen some HTPC cases that have a small 4" LCD screen integrated into them. Sure, it's only 4", but that's usually plenty for simple admin stuff.
And before you try writing me off as a "unix head" I'm actually quite adept with Windows and OS X as well. I taught myself DOS by reading the help file one summer, I have been using Windows since 3.1. I have experience with Mac OS 7.5-9.2, and while I missed the early years of OS X, I do have quite a bit of experience with 10.3 onward, and am a ACMT. Of course OS X is really another Unix flavor. What most people think of as OS X is just the Aqua UI. The core of OS X is Darwin, which is a fork of FreeBSD -- which can trace its roots all the way back to the original BSD Unix -- but Apple still makes fairly regular contributions back to the FreeBSD developers from their work on Darwin, as well as integrating some of the changes made by the FreeBSD developers that would be useful to them.
I recently installed a copy of Windows 7 into a VM on my laptop for work. I'm still at a loss as to how it's supposed to be significantly different from Vista. The task bar has gone through another evolution which is moderately interesting, and even in a VM it does run pretty quickly. Still, it looks to be less of an overall change than XP was to Windows2000.
Be careful with the labels before someone brands you a Windows Yokel or Redmond Redneck. I also am at a loss to explain your "expensive software" comment. Last I checked, Linux was available free.
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