Yes Virtual Server 2005 R2 is now free...as in click here to download it
Im interested...even though it was a reallly good thing...were you really surprised about this announcement? VMWare was also recently announced to be free so now you have a "free" choice comparison:)
So heres the things I like about Virtual Server 2005 R2...
Firstly youre fully supported by PSS with many of MSFT's products and thats a major thing really in a business environment.
Second - the performance lag we had with the original shipping Virtual Server 2005 is gone. Virtual Server 2005 R2 is lots faster now - something like 30% faster than before.
Third - clustering with VM's across hosts works great with VS2005R2.
Fourth - and importantly is that the VM Additions that improve overall VM performance are now supported on various Linux distros...
Fifth - it works on Windows XP too!
You know what is funny, you are the first to post this news with an actual link to where you can get the software, rather than just another news service carrying the announcement. Well done.