From the Canadian Launch Tour blog feed we have heard several questions regarding the distribution of software at the events. We know that the Developer and IT Pro communities are eager to get access to the final versions of the products and getting the software into your hands is a priority for us. The Launch Team is pleased to confirm that Special Edition copies of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 will be made available to everyone who attends the launch events. This is full functional "non-evaluation" software as described in Mark Relph's Weblog.
This means that you will be able to start developing and implementing solutions right away!