Celebrate Software Freedom Day with NetBeans!


Can you imagine not having access to the NetBeans IDE source code? Not being able to adapt NetBeans IDE to your needs or create NetBeans plugins for the benefits of other developers? Or contribute your knowledge to help make the NetBeans IDE the ultimate development environment? Well, neither can we!

On September 20, 2008, the free and open source software (FOSS) industry will celebrate the virtues of free and open source software in the annual Software Freedom Day (SFD).

Software Freedom Day is an event with hundreds of teams, from all around the world running local events—installfests, seminars, product demos, giveaways and more—to help their communities understand the signicance of Software Freedom and to encourage the adoption of free software and open standards.

As a successful and vibrant open source project, NetBeans is proud to be a part of Software Freedom Day, and we encourage our community members to take part in this global celebration by hosting local events on their campuses, with their user groups and more. To help NetBeans community members who are interested in spreading the open source message, we are offering a limited number of free t-shirts and DVDs. Learn more below.

How Can You Get Involved with Software Freedom Day? 

Find an Event!

With more that 300 teams in over 65 countries planning local events, there is likely to be an event near you! For existing events:

Host Your Own Event!

If you can't find an event near you, and would like to create your own, here are two great ways to get started:

  • Visit the SFD Start Guide on the official Software Freedom Day website
  • Register your event as a Sun organized event at the Software Freedom Day registration site.
Looking for inspiration? Check out Sun Campus Ambassador Jay Mahadeokar's blog post about his recent Open Source event.

Promote It!

Invite your friends and promote Software Freedom Day events via your blogs and social networks. (Browse for Software Freedom Day web banners.)

Have Fun!

Meet NetBeans developers and open source enthusiasts, and learn more about other communities. Last, but not least: HAVE FUN!

To Order Supplies

To receive free NetBeans IDE 6.1 DVD Starter Kits and t-shirts your event must be listed on the official Software Freedom Day events listing page or on Sun's Software Freedom Day website.

For shipping purposes only we require the following information:

First & Last Name
Contact Telephone Number
Full Mailing Address
Name and Date of the Event
Event URL

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