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how to install jdk on Ubuntu 11.10

Java is one of the most popular programming language and its popularity has undergone an exponential growth (probably because it’s well suitable in distributed environment – you can use Java to develop cool web application with a lot of complex features as well as in developing sophisticated desktop applications, and it’s platform independent – ‘write once and run everywhere‘) in fast few years.

Similarly Ubuntu (latest version : Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1) has become the most popular Linux distro – for desktop environment. That’s why, Ubuntu is now considered as a great platform for developing Java applications.

Anyway, if you are an Ubuntu user and going to start learning Java or a java programmer/developer – want to start coding on Ubuntu, this post is about installing Java Development Kit (JDK) on Ubuntu 11.10 (although it is expected to work on other Debian based Linux distro too). On the other hand if you’re an Ubuntu user, interested only in running java applications then you don’t need to install jdk (it has lot of components which is not required for executing a java program/software) – instead you just need to install jre on Ubuntu 11.10 i.e java runtime environment (includes Java Virtual Machine, for executing java bytecode/class).

Java - jdk for Ubuntu 11.10

Installing Java Development Kit (JDK) on Ubuntu

There’re many JDK available thesedays. One of the most popular – open source jdk is openjdk. OpenJDK is well compatible with Ubuntu/Linux and it is available in official repository – so you can install it a click.

install openjdk on Ubuntu 11.10

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the command(s) –

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

OR you can install sunjdk

Update1 : The sun jdk isn’t included with the official repository, so you first need to add a PPA for that; Thanks to Casier :).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-plugin

That’s All..have fun in programming in Java, with Ubuntu!


how to install java on ubuntu 11.10

If you’re using Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric ocelot) beta1 (released on the first of this month), then first install some basic applications – if you want a list then  go here – I’ve already covered in a post – 10 things to do after fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10. Anyway, in this post you will learn how to install Java Run time Environment (commonly called as JRE) on Ubuntu 11.10.

Java is one of the most popular programming languages , so probably you would be running a lot of software written in Java i.e Java Runtime environment (includes JVM – Java Virtual Machines – which translate java bytecodes into native – executable machine codes, and so JVM makes the Java programs platform independent) is required if you want to run applications/programs that is developed using Java. Additionally – if you want to run applet programs (java applets – small programs that runs in a browser) then you will have to install a plugin for that.

Installing Java Run-Time Environment(JRE) on Ubuntu 11.10

There are many options when it comes to Java Runtime Environment (sun-jdk-jre, openjdk-jre …) but we will go for openjdk-jre (one of the most popular JDK – which is an open source equivalent of proprietary jre, it works well on Linux based distro such as Ubuntu, and it’s pretty stable too). You can install it either from Ubuntu Software Center (search for java or open jdk, don’t forget to select the add-on plugin for applets while installing jre),

Installing Java - using Ubuntu Software Center

or open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and execute the command(s) –

OpenJDK 7 Java Runtime

 sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

install Java for browser – firefox/chrome..

For running applets in your web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you need to install icedtea plugin. Execute –

sudo apt-get install icedtea6-plugin

Have Fun!