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Some people have suggested putting the symlink to the eclipse package at /usr/local/bin while others suggest using /usr/bin

Is there any particular reason for including "local"?

See: http://grainier.net/how-to-install-eclipse-juno-in-ubuntu-13-04/ and http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2157452&p=12792387#post12792387

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/usr/local/bin is where the local user installed binaries are normally located.

/usr/local: Tertiary hierarchy for local data, specific to this host. Typically has further subdirectories, e.g., bin/, lib/, share/.

while /usr/bin is for a more binaries with general propose:

/usr/bin: Non-essential command binaries (not needed in single user mode); for all users.

If you like to know more about this, you can read the wikipedia article.

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