I saw Jason Delmore's new wish list last night, and I think it's the best ever. For one reason. He states that Adobe should release a free version. And he uses all the same reasons I've always used. You might be saying, "What's the big deal? Another CFer saying we need a free version...we've heard it before." But this is different. Jason Delmore is the former Product Manager for ColdFusion, and when he talks more people listen than when the average joe CFer says "please release a free version". As far as I know this is the first time a big name in our community has publicly come out in support of a free version (correct me if I'm wrong). People like Sean Corfield and Ray Camden either don't think we need a free version, or if they do they don't talk about it publicly.
By the way, I like most of the other 9 things on Jason's list as well. But this free version topic is BIG, in my opinion. I hope Adobe listens.
To be clear...it's not that I personally want to benefit from this free version. If I wanted that, I'd just use Railo or OpenBD. The problem is that the rest of the web development community is not aware of the free alternatives. The majority of them won't become aware of them UNLESS they first join our community by trying Adobe CF. And they won't even give Adobe a second look because of the huge price tag. I realize there are other reasons that might hold them back, but in my opinion the price tag is the biggest reason that hobbyists continue to ignore CF.