Gutsy & NetBeans

I gave VMWare Fusion a try. Smooth install, didn't have to consult the documentation. I also took the opportunity to get Ubuntu Gutsy. As always, the Ubuntu installation is sweet - it just works. I had Vista license, however someone decided to make it theirs :-) and I don't have the media any more.

Once Gutsy was installed, I started looking for development tools and add on packages. apt-get does the trick, but you need to know what's available. The easiest way is to use "Applications | Add/Remove" menu, however many packages are not in Universe and you'll have to look on the website for a list packages.

To my disappointment, NetBeans 6 is still not available for Gutsy and I had to settle for NetBeans 5.5. I'll have to see if this version will be good enough for what I am trying to do - look into database migration issues. I know that the NetBeans folks were shooting for Hardy. I'll have to double check with Honza.


Many linux distributions are unable to add Java software by default like JBoss, Eclipse, NetBeans, OpenESB, Glassfish simply because they don't have an open source JDK yet (I mean a complete implementation of Java, not like classpath, harmony or gcj) However with OpenJDK available now, I hope next version of these distributions will have OpenJDK, Eclipse, NetBeans and many popular open source java projects. OpenJDK will make lot of other open source java applications run on Linux without downloading 3rd party software. This will mark a new era of Linux and Java (end of .Net days?). Thanks to SUN and OpenJDK team!

Posted by suresh on February 02, 2008 at 12:13 PM PST #

Why don't you just install NB 6 yourself without a package? That is what I did. It is very easy to install and remove should you need to.

Posted by Avi on February 02, 2008 at 01:28 PM PST #

I love Ubuntu and I love NetBeans, but I hate the look and feel of NB 6 when it defaults to the GTK look and feel. Not an issue of NetBeans, but of the JDK for sure. Compare this to Mono, whose GTK# does a much better job. Swing has a lot of catching up to do in the non-Win and non-Mac look and feels. Post JDK 6 the GTK LAF has become tolerable, before that it was downright rotten. I hope things improve by leaps and bounds when JDK 7 hits the road.

Posted by Rohan on February 02, 2008 at 03:08 PM PST #

The Linux installer for NetBeans 6 (available for download on works like a charm on Ubuntu "Gutsy". If you ever need to uninstall it, you can use the script in the NetBeans installation directory. Use JDK 6 if you want to use the GTK LAF. Apart from a few glitches here and there, the LAF looks almost exactly like a native GTK app. Hopefully these glitches will be fixed in JDK 7 or future versions of JDK 6.

Posted by Parampreet on February 02, 2008 at 04:57 PM PST #

I use NetBeans on Gutsy for Ruby development. Even though it's not in the repository (only 5.5) installing it is very easy. Also installing JDK 6 wasn't hard at all.
Maybe 6.0 will be in the Hardy repository.

Posted by Ropiku on February 02, 2008 at 07:13 PM PST #

Of course I could have gotten NetBeans 6 from or the NetBeans and Java SE bundle from, however I thought that by using apt-get all the dependencies would be taken care off (as it was the case - it pulled JDK 5)

Posted by Octavian Tanase on February 02, 2008 at 09:12 PM PST #

Regarding the look and feel of Netbeans 6.0 mentioned by Rohan. You can change the look and feel back to the normal metal by editing the netbeans.conf file found in the /etc directory which is located in the netbeans root folder. You simply add "--laf javax.swing.plaf.metal.MetalLookAndFeel". See for more information...

Posted by Flossgeek on February 02, 2008 at 11:14 PM PST #

Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) allows only security fixes to get into what was already released as a part of their release. Therefore if NetBeans 5.5. was in Gutsy it will stay in Gutsy forever. The reason for thi is that major updates of some components, mainly libraries will require everybody in distro to retest. And it will be a pain.

Posted by Martin on February 03, 2008 at 11:15 PM PST #


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