Up until today I was convinced that developing with a Java IDE under Linux was synonym of looking all day at a really ugly and disturbing set of widgets thrown on my screen by a 6 year old. But after upgrading my Netbeans installation to 7.2 I decided to do another Google search about it and voila…
I found Tonny Kohars blog with a working solution!
To install the plugin just follow this steps after you have Netbeans 7.2 installed (the plugin should work with previous versions but honestly I didn’t try it):
I know it still looks better on Mac OSX, but this is an order of magnitude better than using the Java Metal L&F, isn’t it?