Have you been thinking about starting an Open Source Software (OSS) project? Do you already contribute to one? If so, JetBrains is willing to part with a free license to their top notch Java IDE, IntelliJ IDEA.
This is actually becoming a recurring theme in the Java development arena; large software vendors seem think that getting their products into wide circulation in the OSS arena is a great form of advertising. I can’t say I disagree.
IntelliJ IDEA is by all reports an awesome piece of engineering, and although I’ve used Borland JBuilder for years, I’ve definitely wanted to give alternatives like IDEA and Eclipse a try. This offer might be just the ticket.
To get in on the deal, you have to fill out an application form online. If you qualify, you’ll receive a free license for one year. You can renew the license every year as long as you continue to be active in a qualifying OSS project.
If you want to hop on the bandwagon and you don’t already have an OSS project underway, you can grab a free 30-day evaluation copy of IntelliJ IDEA, get your project underway, and then apply for the free license.