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Update: Java is no longer available in the Ubuntu repositories (any version)! See the following posts instead: How To Install Oracle Java 7 (JDK) In Ubuntu and Install Oracle Java (JDK) 7 in Ubuntu via PPA Repository

Java is usually available for Ubuntu users in the Partner repository. But it's not there for Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Sun Java wasn't available in the Ubuntu official Partner repository but it has just been uploaded and you can now install Java in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat using this repository. Read on!

Install Java (JRE and the Java Plugin) In Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

To install Java in Ubuntu 10.10, follow these steps:

1. Press ALT + F2 and enter this:
gksu /usr/bin/software-properties-gtk

2. Then go to the "Other Software" tab and the first repository on the list should be "http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu maverick partner" - enable this repository (both lines). Then click "Close" and when prompted, click "Reload".

3. Then simply search for "sun java" in Ubuntu Software Center and install JRE and the Java plugin, or install it from a terminal using the following command:
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

//The post has been updated with new instructions since Sun Java is now available in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat!