Swapping OpenJDK for Sun JDK on Ubuntu

Recently I installed PhpStorm on Ubuntu that requires Sun JDK rather than the OpenJDK that Ubuntu installs with. It wasn't a matter of it running better with the Sun solution, which is proprietary...it doesn't run at all with OpenJDK. I tried simply uninstalling OpenJDK and installing Sun's JDK, but that didn't work...there were missing headers, etc., cryptic messages to a Linux n00b. I did find the solution, though, and am posting it here to make someone else's life easier.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin
sudo update-alternatives --config java

I found some interesting comments about Sun JDK vs OpenJDK. In particular, that the Sun version is much better with graphics and fonts, and is much faster. Time will tell.


by Frank Gelinas (not verified) on Tue, 2011-04-12 19:21

Thank you, I've been trying to switch the java runtime for phpstorm for too long already :)

by luban (not verified) on Tue, 2012-12-25 00:42

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by The same thing, guy (not verified) on Tue, 2011-11-15 05:05

I don't know either I am sooooo stupid or what, I've been trying chaotically to install Java for WebStorm for an hour and only your article helped me.

by maruccio (not verified) on Fri, 2012-02-17 13:32

thanks! nice blog!

by Guerzizeb (not verified) on Sun, 2012-07-01 08:58

Works fine, thanks

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