Hi W B. No, it won't. The only way to do a trial of Lightroom 6 is via CC. That said, you can convert your CC trial over to a perpetual license if you decide to buy it. Instructions for that are here: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Help | Serialize Lightroom CC trial to activate as Lightroom 6
ok thank-you - and as a curent Lr5 license user, I would only pay the $79 upgrade cost, or is the software smart enough to allow that if I go this route?
That's correct. If you have a valid license for Lightroom 5, you will be eligible for the $79 upgrade pricing.
It's a pity... I would like to try LR6 and see if on my system it really offers more than LR5 - especially the GPU support -, but also I'm trying to keep this system as clean as I can without any "bloatware" running in the background just in case I wish I could run some of my software. Having to install the CC Manager which would be then of no use, is exactly one of the thing I wish to avoid. And I also learnt the hard way to not trust uninstaller. Guess I will postpone the LR6 upgrade for a while, I'll let other test it and let me know if it's worth the price.
PS: I'm not really interested in CC especially since I have no Android/iOS devices, nor I use PS... and I run my own website.