Did you ever search the web for older software only to find that on the official site there was only the latest and ‘greatest’ version available? I tried that today with Adobe. And I came up empty handed… I saw the downloads on some other websites, but I didn’t know if I could trust them since they weren’t affiliated with Adobe.
But then I found out they have an open ftp server. In the old days ftp was used much more than today, but the real die hards keep up the practice of serving big downloads through the FTP server instead of some web page.
So to get any older version of Adobe software, such as Photoshop 7, Illustrator 10, Creative Suite CS2, etc, just point your browser or FTP program to ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/ and start your download engines.
Someone should put up a list of these servers, since they can be mighty helpful. Oh, just did a search and came up with oldversion.com. That’s quite limited though, just a handful of software versions. Perhaps we can get a microformat for it.
Oh and if you’re looking for legally obtained free software check out this video.