those ms bullies are up to their old tricks again, darn their eyes they're diabolically giving away MSDE without any strings....the swine ;-)
if you don't know MSDE, its sort of like sql server's idiot brother-in-law. it has some limitations:
- 2gb db size limit
- 5 concurrent users (batch workloads)
- no GUI for management (which makes for a good way to learn tSQL)
- no DTS designer (though DTS itself works in MSDE)
- it default installs with trusted (windows based) authentication only (which causes folks using MX's JDBC sql server drivers plenty of mystery headaches)
but for development/learning and lower volume websites (25 concurrent users) its a sweet deal. in the past there was always something you had to buy from ms to be "legal" with msde (but everybody and their brother had ways through that). i guess they got tired of swimming against the tide and made things easier.
so now you know.