LiveCycle ES2 (v9.0) is now available for download for evaluation here. You will be asked to login with your Adobe ID (free registration), and accept the terms and conditions.
There are two options available:
1) the traditional install bits.
2) a virtual appliance (pre-installed, pre-configured VMware image).
You can download the latter if the following conditions apply:
1) You have the free VMware Player or VMware Server or you have VMware Workstation (v6.5 or newer, not free). VMware Fusion has not been tested.
2) Your laptop, desktop or server has at least 3 GB of available RAM and at least 30 GB of disk space.
3) Your machine has 64-bit capable CPUs. To confirm, download CPU-Z and run it. On an Intel CPU, the instruction sets supported will list EM64T, if the CPU is 64-bit. For an AMD CPU, it should say AMD64.
We had tried the appliance approach previously for LiveCycle ES Update 1 but due to its size (14 GB), it was not popular. The ES2 appliance is only 2 GB because it is built on Novell SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 JeOS (Just Enough OS) using Novell’s SUSE Studio.
James Staten, Galen Schreck and Ben Nichols of Forrester Research predict that software virtual appliances will become more and more popular than install bits in the future.
If you experience problems with the appliance, please use the dedicated adobe forum for the appliance.