James Dinkel wrote:
[...]
>> 6.1:
>> http://download.netbeans.org/netbeans/6.1/final/zip/
>>
>> 6.5 (continuous builds):
>> http://deadlock.netbeans.org/hudson/job/trunk/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/nbbuild/dist/zip/
>>
>>   m.
> 
> This is a nice find.  I downloaded and unzipped 6.1 Ruby/Rails version 
> and it ran just fine on a computer that did not have the JDK.  This 
> makes me really wonder why the installer would not continue without 
> having the JDK installed.

Good question:

http://www.netbeans.org/issues/show_bug.cgi?id=127678

I've did not follow the issue closely.

> Since I don't have the JDK (just the JRE), I 
> wonder if the extracted Netbeans will eventually run in to problems?  I 
> don't think I'll explore it's usage now, but I would be curious to know.

I think you should be ok, unless you use some, ummm.... Glassfish 
feature(?), which requires JDK, I think... really not sure, what it was 
exactly. I just remember it was something like this from a discussion 
somewhere else. The rest of Ruby/Rails feature should work fine.

However, I've never tried it myself without JDK.

	m.