Flex 2.0 beta is available to the public, at Macromedia(Adobe) labs. Click here to download the flex SDK,Flex Charting Components 2, Flex Enterprise Services 2, and Flash Player 8.5 (Alpha 3).
With this beta, You don't have to download the entire flex installers to install Flash Player 8.5. Installers (& uninstallers) for Flash player 8.5 (Win and Mac) are available as separate downloads!!
There are some really exciting offerings today from Adobe. As the press release goes "The Flex Framework will be made available free of charge through the Flex Software Development Kit, which will include the command line compiler and documentation required to develop, compile, and deploy Flex applications that connect to XML and SOAP web services with no additional charges or server licensing required. ...Flex Builder 2.0 will be sold for less than $1,000 ... Flex Enterprise Services 2.0 will be free of charge for use by a limited number of concurrent users on a single, non-clustered server. "
There has been a lot of talks in the open source community about what would happen post AS3.0 release, since the next revision of the currently available open source AS compiler MTASC isn't going to support AS3.0.With Flex 2.0's release, Developers will get a standalone AS3.0 compiler, straight from the source, for free!
Can't wait to get my download done ;-)