you can not download magento 2 without magento account,
must have login/pass generated
if you are going to use chef for your own deployments, you can use your own secure keys ..
Well you could do this.
Seriously Magento, a direct download link isn't too big an ask, is it?
Hi @thisisthetechie, there are many reasons the downloads are gated - the largest of which is that we need to be able to reach out if we discover an issue for a specific release.