You may have seen rumours on the internet in recent days that Adobe is making available copies of its older Create Suite 2 available for free.
The rumours is, in fact, true. Head to http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html and there are download links for Photoshop CS2, Acrobat 8, Illustrator, InDesign, Audition and more. Along with serial numbers, ready for you to install.
The software isn't exactly cutting-edge, as it was released in 2005. But it still represents a bit of a bargain, so what's up?
The official explanation from Adobe is that, in December 2012, it shut down the servers that handled product activation requests for CS2. Following complaints from existing customers who needed to reinstall their paid-for copies of CS2 but were unable to activate them, Adobe then released the downloads and serial numbers. In a subsequent posting on its forum, it clarified the issue, and stated categorically that the software was only for those who already owned CS2 licences and certainly wasn't to be regarded as freeware.
However, in the past few days the software has been downloaded by tens of thousands of people, and the aforementioned forum posting has actually been removed. So make of this what you will, and download the software at your own risk.