In response to my post yesterday about InfoWorld noticing Eclipse's momentum (vs. NetBeans), ZDNet reader Mark Wielaard sent me the following via email:
I saw your article on why Eclipse is the defacto IDE for Java and your little bet with Tim Bray. I think you are right. But you didn't mention the main reason (imho). Eclipse is actually supported by the "non-Java" camp now. All the major GNU/Linux distributions are now shipping Eclipse as native binary build with gcj/GNU Classpath and at the next GNU Classpath/gcj conference there will be multiple talks on Eclipse opportunities in the Free Software space (by both GNU and Eclipse hackers). All this makes Eclipse a platform that is "free" from its Java ties, while Netbeans will drag with it the proprietary Java platform. Eclipse (RCP) combined with the GCC/GCJ is a free platform on itself now.