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Sun Java 6 on Ubuntu 10.04 10.10 and later

Post updated 2011 Jan 19: Given the opportunity to install 10.10, I have added different instructions for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat).

 

Much to my surprise, but probably not those of the Open Source Ruling Class, Sun's Java 6 has been removed from the Ubuntu Multiverse. Apparently the Ubuntu folks have started putting some weight behind their recommendations for switching to the "OpenJDK." Fortunately, the official, "proprietary" Java is still available through another Ubuntu repository.

Ubuntu 10.10

To install Sun's Java 6 JDK on Ubuntu 10.10, add the Sun Java6 Community PPA and install:
add-apt-repository ppa:sun-java-community-team/sun-java6
apt-get update
apt-get install sun-java6-jdk
update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun

Ubuntu 10.04

To make Sun's Java 6 JDK available on Ubuntu 10.04 add the new repository like so:
add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner"
aptitude update
aptitude install sun-java6-jdk
update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun

From http://codeaweso.me/2010/07/sun-java-6-on-ubuntu-10-04-10-10-and-later/

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