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free SP 2010 vs free SP 2010 trial

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 09, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint
Hi.  Please excuse my ignorance. I need to set up a Sharepoint Server upon which I'll install an eval webpart written by a well known MS partner.  The webpart will connect to that partner's eval server (which I've already set up) and render BI graphics for viewing by clients of the SP server. My boss said to install the free version of SP 2010.  He said we have plenty of licenses.  I poked around and see about 4 flavors of free SP 2010 trials but nothing that looks free past the trial period.  Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. My recollection is that in the SP space, there is/was a watered down version of SP that came free with the OS license.  I already have a server available with a licensed W2008 OS installed.   I just need to find the best SP download given my marching orders.  Can somebody help and enlighten me a bit? 

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