I’ve tested this procedure on Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 9.04 but it should work on other distributions too.
First of all download the latest JDK package from the SUN page: be sure to download the bin file and not the rpm.
From now on you’ll need to run commands using
Move the package to
/opt/ and make it executable.
Now start the installation and follow the onscreen instructions
When the installation is done you’ll need to set the JAVA_HOME enviroment variable and add java executable to the system pah.
Open the file
/etc/profile and add the following lines
Now add a symbolic link for the java command
Log off and log in back and you’re done.