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Posted by editor on March 19, 2008 at 3:02 AM PDT

NetBeans and the tiny EEE PC... who knew?

Keep an eye out at JavaOne this year: the head-turning status symbol might not be the ubiquitous Apple laptops, but the ASUS EEE PC. Dick Wall had one of these at the Java Posse Roundup and everyone wanted to have a look. What's so striking about it is how small it is: it sports a 7" (178 mm) screen, and uses solid-state storage for additional size and speed benefits. The result is a highly atypical laptop: Linux-based, tiny, light, and cool to the touch.

But with an 800x480 screen and either 2 or 4 GB of drive space, can you really get stuff done on it?

Apparently so. In one of two new NetBeans Vodcasts posted to the Java home page at, Robert Eckstein shows off how NetBeans runs on the tiny EEE PC. He gives practical tips for using removable SD cards to save your projects, rearranging the NetBeans GUI to make the most of the very limited screen space, and points out how NetBeans will add scrollbars to dialogs that are too large to fit the screen (something that some of the EEE's native Linux apps don't do). He also suggests users see his blog for information on getting a Subversion release more recent than that included with the EEE, as the default version isn't new enough for NetBeans.

So there you have it: a cheap option for being the most gasp-worthy Java developer on your block. And it's not every day that you see a NetBeans-capable laptop small enough to put in a purse or lunchbag.

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that Neal Gafter has been voted in as
a Member of that
Group. [...] Neal is not the first non-Sun Member of the OpenJDK Community -- several href="">now-former href="">Sun href="">employees beat him to
it -- but he is the first person from outside of Sun to be voted in to

The Aquarium notes the posting of an OpenDS roadmap. "OpenDS, the project to produce a 100% Java-based LDAP directory now has a proposed roadmap for version 1.0 and beyond. Apart from monitoring through SNMP, all features are already in the current release (v1.0 Milestone 1 from Feb. 27, 2008). Final release for v1.0 is scheduled for May 2008. Ludo Poitou has more details." The post also indicates that, "in other OpenDS news, Tomonori Shioda has posted the Japanese translation of no less than four OpenDS technical posts."

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