"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Netbeans 8.1 on the EEEPC 900


It's quite recent in the news that Netbeans, the Oracle Java IDE, is going to pass under the Apache wing. The immediate effect of this news has been to remind me to upgrade my EEEPC Netbeans installation.


Installation and first run


Netbeans for Linux is provided in the form of an auto-installing executable script, once downloaded I started it from shell:
chmod +x netbeans-8.1-javase-linux.sh
sudo ./netbeans-8.1-javase-linux.sh
when started with the “sudo” command the installation script install Netbeans into the “/usr/local” directory otherwise the script will install in your home directory.
the script continued with the installation and the download of available updates it took almost thirty minutes on the EEEPC to complete.
at first run Netbeans successfully imported existing projects and plug-ins resolving, almost automatically, some dependency problems.

Conclusions

No news good news? After installing something on an old computer, like the EEEPC, this is often my first though. Netbeans 8.1 works as well as the previous version. I'll meet the new features as soon as I'll need then. Meanwhile I'm eager to see what the Apache “new management” will bring to this aging-but-good development environment.