Sun Dual-Licenses NetBeans

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.


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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.


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