Longhorn available to MSDN subs
If you're either an MSDN sub/ Partner or Empower program member you can get the PDC disks BUT you have to ask.
Whether these shows are worth the money depends a lot on how you learn best. I'm usually glad I attended for the opportunity to talk to other attendees and get their reactions, for the opportunity to meet and greet friends, partners, and competitors, and for the chance to grab Microsoft people in the hall and get detailed, specific answers to specific questions. Talks by people like Don Box and Hillel Cooperman are worth the trip, imho.
I downloaded "Longhorn" from one of the usenet groups a couple of days ago and I'm underwhelmed.
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Joel, I agree with you over the meeting folks stuff. I often go to user groups. I avoided the pdc this year because although the technology is all new it still feels strongly like its in flux. A european teched is probably better value for me.
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