Some weeks ago, the Ubuntu people quietly upgraded their Netbeans package on their repositories from version 5.5 to 6.0.1. For me, this is great, because I don’t have to download shell install scripts from the Netbeans website any more (the current 6.1 not being much of a facelift from version 6.0.1). However, you’ll notice that 6.0.1 from Synaptic does not support the creation of projects other than Java or some other “Samples” in the New Project dialog box. To remedy this, simply go to Tools -> Plugins -> Available Plugins, and check off the boxes that you want to use. For me, I added the Ruby and Rails, Ruby Extra Hints, and C/C++ plugins. Now, I can create (and open existing) projects that are based on Ruby, Rails, or C/C++, and use all of the functionality of the IDE associated with those languages! You might also want to go to the Tools -> Plugins -> Updates tab to install some of the “core” updates to the general IDE.