I have to be honest and say I was not aware exactly how the restrictions have changed over the years, and I'm sure you're quite right on this. At least on that basis we can look forward to a version that runs on a real operating system 🙂
Seriously though, it's actually a shame that the partnership no longer exists in some ways, and that MS are so hostile towards Sybase. Microsoft and Sybase together would have sown up the database market covering all platforms as they were doing before it all went pear shaped. The underlying design of the 2 products is the best on the market in my opinion, even if they have both now taken their own differing routes. Clearly MS could still take the market lead even with a single platform product, but think what they would do if they covered all the unix systems as well, particularly in the global coporate markets where Windows is less popular as an OS for db servers.