I saw the comment on Steve’s rant too.
If everyone who does not like the ADF licensing model simply contributed 8 hours to this effort, we could have a free, robust, open, alternative that would address the needs of many many organizations. I mean – if I want to edit versioned vector data in a browser, then sure, I’ll pay for the ADF because that’s the powerful part of it’s power. But if I just want to server up a simple map, with simple functions, then OpenLayers would be just fine.
The promise of using OpenLayers with either ArcGIS Server or ArcIMS is too great to pass up. Head over to Dave’s blog to figure out how to help.