Can anybody tell me, for which Linux version, Eclipse is a suitable choice?
I have developed web-apps in WSAD (IBM Websphere) in Windows XP, but want to switch over to Linux for development purposes.
Also tell me which Linux version is absolutely free with no trials? But that version must have support for Java IDE Eclipse and multimedia files (all types of audio and video formats).
I am new to Linux. I have heard that Netbeans is a suitable choice for most Linux versions like OpenSuse, Fedora etc.
I don't want to use Linux version Debian and Netbeans IDE for my requirement reasons.
An important thing is, I require it for desktop PC.
Eclipse is actually available as part of the core package set for some of the Red Hat/Fedora flavors of Linux, although I usually download the ZIP from eclipse.org and install that.
Unless I'm mistaken, Eclipse runs just fine on both Debian and Ubuntu, likewise the SuSe systems.
Except for Red Hat Enterprise and SLES, all of the preceeding are available for free, as is Eclipse itself. You should have a computer with about 2GB or RAM and a 2 GHz CPU for best results, especially if you're planning to debug web applications.
Because some multimedia formats are not open-source, some Linux distributions don't include support for them. The most famous example is MP3, which, although the Fraunhofer Institute has stated may be played without fear of prosecution on Linux, is still restricted on general principals. That isn't a practical concern, however, since it's easy to obtain and install multimedia support from external sources.
An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
Eclipse runs fine on most Linux distributions, and it's easy to set up: just download the appropriate version for Linux (32-bit or 64-bit), unzip it with a command like this:
tar xfz eclipse-jee-ganymede-SR2-linux-gtk.tar.gz
and then run it by executing the "eclipse" executable in the extracted directory. Ofcourse you'll need to have Java installed first, and how you install Java on Linux depends on your distribution. On Ubuntu, it's done by a simple command:
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk
Almost all Linux distributions are available for free.
I hope MyEclipse came with installation instructions. That is, after all one of the things you expect to get when you pay for software.
However, it's simple to install Eclipse.
1. Make sure you have a [b]real[/l] jdk installed. That is, something from Sun or IBM or something like that. The gcj that comes with Linux isn't a complete Java implementations and it doesn't work very well for most advanced apps (such as Eclipse).
2. Set up a JAVA_HOME environment variable to point to the JDK. I usually define and export it in my ".bash_profile" script so that it's set up when I log in and gets propagated to my subsequent shell environments.
3. Unzip the Eclipse ZIPfile.
To run it, just execute the file named "eclipse" in the unzipped eclipse directory. You can also setup a GUI shortcut that does this.
That's really all there is to it. MyEclipse may have come with an install process, but the basic Eclipse that you download from the Eclipse.org mirrors is just that simple.