Ubuntu and Java

Update: This post is a bit redundant now. Please read this post for more information.

I’ve been installing Ubuntu Linux on most of my computers (one to go). One thing that gives the shits about Debian-based distros is Java support (or the lack thereof). To get a java runtime installed, add this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://mirror.aarnet.edu.au/pub/java-linux/debian unstable main non-free

Other mirrors can be found here.

And then apt-get install j2re1.4. Too easy! This gives you Blackdown Java for Linux.

8 thoughts on “Ubuntu and Java”

  1. Great tip bro, I just did it and I’m in the process of downloading it now, I’m very new to Linux my self, have used Mandrake for a while then Arch for about 2 months and now Ubuntu. Keep on the great tips!


  2. I have tried and tried to get j2re1.4 used the proceedure you have outlined but when it starts to install it goes to the legal statement and never gives an opportunity to agree.. and the end of the statement is just say END with no question about acceptence.. am I doing something wrong ? Help needed
    thanks DAVE

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