Updated 10:50 AM PST this was almost certainly an accident on Adobe's part. It seems that those files are made available for people who already have a license and it wasn't supposed to be available to the general public. Just goes to show that you shouldn't believe everything you read on Twitter. :-) I still haven't received official word from Adobe, but I apologize for any frustration I may have caused by posting this.
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Sometimes being on the west coast is a drawback, as I don't get the news as quickly as people in the U.K. and the east coast, but Gizmodo U.K. is reporting that Adobe has released Creative Suite CS2 for free download (you need to have an Adobe account), including Dreamweaver 8.
There are some drawbacks, however:
The link to download currently goes to a “Temporarily Unavailable” page. Some sites are claiming this is because of the popularity of this link, and the site is being overloaded. But it may be that Adobe realized their mistake and took the link down. When I was researching this, I couldn't find any information from official Adobe channels. (If you know of any official Adobe references to this, please let me know, thanks!)
Assuming this is real, remember that CS2 is from 2009. Adobe is on CS6 right now, and there are a lot of features that are not available in the older versions of the software. You won't get a lot of the really fancy graphics editing like content-aware fill and so on in Photoshop, and things like powerful CSS support, mobile development including creating apps, and even live view are not available in the Dreamweaver of 2009. However, if you want to learn how to use Dreamweaver the UI isn't terribly different and Dreamweaver 8 is still a good web page editor.
But this leads us to the most serious problem with downloading CS2:
If you're running Windows 7 you'll have to install and use CS2 in compatibility mode. This isn't too big a deal, but it's something to think about. Also, there is almost no information on how or even whether compatibility mode will work on Windows 8. You'll need to figure that out on your own.
Mac users have it even worse. CS2 was a PowerPC product, so if you want to use it on your modern Macs you're going to need to go back to an OS like Panther or earlier with Rosetta. I wonder if I could install Panther in Parallels? ;-) In other words you'll need to put CS2 on that old Mac Powerbook you have sitting in your closet, because it won't work on your Retina Macbook.
Try to Download Now
The link may not work, but here is the link to download CS2 for free. Don't forget you need an Adobe account to activate it. Otherwise it will ask you for a registration code. Good luck!