What is the difference between individual NetBeans Update Centers?

There are several types of NetBeans Update Center (UC): Distribution, Certified, Plugin Portal and Development. Different Update Centers are available in different types of builds. The following table explains the differences.

UC Type Build Type Purpose
Distribution Beta/RC/FCS builds Plugins that are a part of the NetBeans distribution itself. The plugins on this Update Center are used by users of specialized (smaller) NetBeans download bundles (Java SE, Java EE, C++, PHP) to enlarge the set of features of their installation up to the full content of the All download bundle. This Update Center is also used for distributing updates.
Certified Beta/RC/FCS builds Plugins with no P1 bug, must be internationalized, accessible, with automatic generation of l10n kit.
Plugin Portal RC/FCS builds Plugins from Plugin Portal which were verified by a group of community plugin reviewers for the particular NB release, based on request for verification triggered by the plugin owner. Some more information on this.
Development Development builds Quality of plugins is not determined. May only contain plugins whose sources are hosted in the NetBeans Mercurial repository.

Here are some Update Centers used for experimental, alpha and/or nightly builds during NetBeans development (refer to the Development UC in the table above). Use at your own risk.

Static Development UC http://updates.netbeans.org/netbeans/updates/dev/uc/final/main/catalog.xml
Dynamic Development UC http://deadlock.netbeans.org/hudson/job/nbms-and-javadoc/lastStableBuild/artifact/nbbuild/nbms/updates.xml.gz

See also: Update Center Management Guidelines, Module Publishing Process, Current Module Publishing Requests

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