This is the best tutorial on how to configure Tomcat as a service that I’ve come accross. The scripts provided just work with very few tweaks to point to your install paths etc. Check it out.
It turns out the problem with NetbBeans 6.0 not rendering well when desktop effects are enabled in Fedora 8 has been solved at the JDK level. Just upgrade to JDK 6 update 4 from Sun. Now my NetBeans will enjoy being wobbled about.
Oh and i just discovered JavaDB (or more popularly Derby) is bundled with JDK 6. Didn’t quite notice its existence. And with the latest JDK it comes with documentation on how to use it in your apps. This is good for simple applications that need to bundle some small database to work with. Congrats to Sun.