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How can I install Oracle Java JRE 7?

Is there a reliable method to install the current version of Sun Java? Update 18 is in the repos, but it looks like Sun is up to update 21? I haven't yet found what I would consider to be reliable instructions that make much sense to the layman.

  • Any special needs that require you to install latest version on java? You can always install the java from Oracle instead of the one in official repo. Oct 10, 2010 at 4:51
  • I'm also curious about whether/how you can install Sun/Oracle Java with apt-get. Traditionally I've always installed latest official JDK (not just JRE as I develop software against it) outside the packaging system.
    – Jonik
    Oct 10, 2010 at 10:04
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    If this is about JRE, as accepted answer suggests, the programming tag should be removed. (And the other Java question posted today should be tagged programming.)
    – Jonik
    Oct 10, 2010 at 15:59


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