Make sure that it is at least Java 5.
sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk
Then update your ~./bashrc file, appending the JAVA_HOME (adjust this if you use a different JDK).
tar xzvf eclipse-java-ganymede-linux-gtk.tar.gz
mv eclipse eclipse3.4
We should be ready to go:
And your nice new Eclipse is up and running.
Eclipse is great because it has so many plugins. I even use it as my default Python editor. If you go to Help > Software Updates, you will see a vastly improved update dialog (the previous one was painful).
- EclEmma is a great code coverage tool. Update site: http://update.eclemma.org/
- Subclipse is the best Subversion plugin I have come across. Update site: http://subclipse.tigris.org/update_1.2.x
- PyDev one of the best editors I have come across (Code completition, refactoring, etc.). Update site: http://pydev.sourceforge.net/updates/
- Mecrurial My favorite new DVCS tool inside Eclipse. Update site: http://www.vectrace.com/eclipse-update/
- Regular Expressions can be easily tested with this plugin. Update site: http://brosinski.com/regex/update/
- Maven the Ant-replacement build tool for Java. Update site: http://m2eclipse.sonatype.org/update/
Update: As Scott points out in the comments, there is an open request on launchpad to include a more recent version of Eclipse in the Ubuntu repositories: https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/eclipse/+bug/123064