A Tale of Two Splashscreens

Earlier this week, somebody got a picture of SWT creator Steve Northover "embracing" NetBeans. This promply made it into the Eclipse splash screen for nightly builds (along with a bugreport...). Here's the splash screen:

Via Roman I just learned that the NetBeans nightly build also has an "unusual" splash screen. Sure enough:

RCS file: /cvs/ide/branding/core/startup/src/org/netbeans/core/startup/splash_nb.gif,v
Working file: ./ide/branding/core/startup/src/org/netbeans/core/startup/splash_nb.gif
head: 1.5
branch:
locks: strict 
access list:
keyword substitution: b
total revisions: 15;    selected revisions: 15
description: 
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revision 1.5
date: 2006/03/23 23:37:22;  author: tboudreau;  state: Exp;  lines: +531 -379
A fitting response to
https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=132773
to be rolled back after the next nightly build :-)

If my eyes don't deceive me, the person on the right is the same Steve Northover, this time playing guitar with NetBeans developer and evangelist Tim Boudreau.

Things are getting very friendly between the two camps. Tim Cramer, head of tools at Sun, appeared at Eclipsecon this week and spoke on the Matisse integration into MyEclipse.

Competition is good for Java developers - and friendly competition is in my opinion even better.

Comments:

I am a big Java/Sun supporter. But if that blonde had a (hmm... lets think of an extreme example) Microsoft sign hanging around her neck, you would even find me "embracing" whatever it was that she was promoting.

Posted by Damian Sutton on March 24, 2006 at 04:36 PM PST #

Curious Tor... What's up with the pixelated black line going across that fine young lady's neck?

Posted by Joe on March 29, 2006 at 01:00 PM PST #

I have no clue. I've seen higher resolution images of the NetBeans "protesters", such as http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7897/1028/1600/NBTeam.jpg but the one with the pixelated line is the one that appeared in Eclipse nightly builds.

Posted by Tor Norbye on March 29, 2006 at 01:20 PM PST #

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