Sun Dual-Licenses NetBeans

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2007-10-26 Print this article Print

Sun releases NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2 under both GPL2 and CDDL.

Sun Microsystems has announced that the latest version of its open-source application development platform, NetBeans Version 6.0 Beta 2, is now dual-licensed. On Oct. 22, Sun and the NetBeans community released the latest build of NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2 and announced that the Java-based integrated development environment is now dual-licensed under GPL v2 with ClassPath exception, in addition to the Sun Common Development and Distribution License license.
A Sun spokesperson said Sun believes that releasing NetBeans under the GPL license will help align NetBeans with the Linux community and major open-source projects.
To read more about NetBeans, click here. Moreover, by making it easier to share NetBeans code and innovations with other projects, it will promote a stronger open-source Java ecosystem, the company said. Meanwhile, Sun also announced the availability of a NetBeans plug-in module for DTrace. DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework. The NetBeans DTrace plug-in module is a Graphical User Interface for running DTrace scripts. The DTrace plug-in module works with Sun Studio 12 IDE, NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 and NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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