the answer is simple and yet not.
In general you can have a 'developer' subsription which mean you have access to the 'portal' to download the EAP bits and use the knowledge base.
If you run a productive instance and want support for this there are different levels depend on the number of instances and cores you run on and the scope of service i.e. 24/7/365 to calculate the fee.
You might use the same bits for development without extra fee.
The article you read talk about the EAP6.1.Alpha version which is available and can be downloaded as preview for test .... But there is no support for this, also if you have a valid subscription there is still no support for the Alpha bits!
The Final EAP version will continue with the 'normal' subscription model.
But the final answer still depends on the contract and I think your assumptions are still correct. If you are still unsure you might ask your sales representitive.
Okay thanks. One further question: does this mean that the community and EAP versions of JBoss are going to start going different directions?
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Not truly different "directions", no. To me that would mean the two codebases always grow farther and farther apart. The codebases will have differences of course, but the differences sometimes will be growing and sometimes will be shrinking. For example, a lot of work in community AS right now is focused on implementing EE 7, which is not something that I expect to see in EAP 6. So the codebases will diverge. But at some point in the future work will begin on productizing a community AS major version that supports EE 7, at which time the differences will shrink.
Makes sense - thanks for the information.