I've seen a ton of blogs saying Java 8 is now available to Ubuntu 12.04 & 14.04 through the ppa openjdk-r. My question is how trustworthy is this ppa? Is it run by people from openjdk or ubuntu or something, or is it just some random dude?


Yes, it is trustworthy.

The PPA is run by Matthias Klose (Member of Ubuntu, Canonical Partner Developer, Gnome3 Team, Edubuntu developer, Xubuntu developer, ...) .

References :

Matthias Klose Profile on lauchpad
Debian's packages overview for Matthias Klose

  • trustworthy != secure; use java 7 update 95 at your own risk. openjdk-7 (7u95-2.6.4-3) Aug 19 '17 at 18:42

I have used it in the past, but openjdk site does not refer to it (that I can tell). The administrator of that ppa group is a member of many other groups including "Canonical Partner Developers”. If Canonical trusts him than I don't see a problem. His name (according to his launchpad profile) is Matthias Klose.

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