Apache® NetBeans ™ Achieves Top-Level Project Status for Apache Foundation

Netbeans screenshot

The new high-level project of the Apache Foundation. The Netbeans IDE.

The Apache Foundation announced today that it has granted Apache® NetBeans ™ high-level project status. It's about un open source development environment and tools platform. It also serves as a application framework that allows you to create desktop, mobile and web applications.

The project was born as part of a student work in 1996. In 2000 Sun bought it and turned it into an open source project. When the company was sold, it became part of Oracle, which in 2016 transferred it to the Apache Incubator.

Geertjan Wielenga, Vice President of Apache NetBeans explains what it means to be part of the foundation:

Being part of the FA means that NetBeans is not only now free and open source software: it is also, in a unique way, and for the first time, part of a foundation specifically focused on enabling open governance.

Each collaborator of the project now has the same voice sFind out the waybill and address of NetBeans. This is a new and historic step and the community has been prepared for it for a long time. Thanks to the strong management of NetBeans at Sun Microsystems and Oracle, Apache NetBeans is now ready for the next phase of its development and we welcome everyone to participate as equals as we move forward.

Three versions of NetBeans have already been released under Apache, the last one in April this year. The app won the 2018 Duke's Choice Award, a well-established industry award in the Java ecosystem.


El ad received the approval of the community. Jaroslav Tulach himself, the original creator of the project, stated:

I am very happy that the transition went so well and that "my NetBeans" has become a full project at The Apache Software Foundation

Ken Fogel, President of Information Technology at Dawson College in Montreal, said of Netbeans:

From the moment I first evaluated NetBeans for use in my courses at Dawson College and Concordia University, I realized that it was a unique tool. In the following years, it has never disappointed me as the best tool for education. Now, I'm even more excited about using it as it becomes a high-level project at the Apache Software Foundation.

Many amazing developers around the world have contributed to making NetBeans a first-class tool worthy of being under The Apache Software Foundation. Now, more than ever, its continued evolution will be faster, more responsive to the needs of the development community, and more open to participation. I am proud to have had a very small part in its development and am excited to see how it will grow and evolve in the future.

The historic Simon Phipps, current President of the Open Source Initiative. and a member of Apache's new NetBeans Project Management Committee, stated:

"Apache is the perfect home for NetBeans, allowing its long tail of historical contributors to stay engaged while also launching another stage in its evolution for newcomers,"

What does the new high-level project status mean

By becoming an Apache project, NetBeans benefits from the possibility of receiving more contributions from around the world. For example, large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework to create internal or commercial applications.  They are much more likely to contribute to NetBeans as part of the ASF than as part of a commercial enterprise. At the same time, Oracle individual contributors continue to work on Apache NetBeans in their new home, as part of the global community of individual contributors, both self-employed and other organizations.

Apache NetBeans software It is released under the Apache v2.0 license. Its development is supervised by a team of active collaborators of the project elected by its members. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the daily operations of the Project, including community development and product release.

If you want to try NetBeans, you can follow the tutorial that David published, or install it in snap format with:

sudo snap install netbeans –classic

For other operating systems, you can visit the project page

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