Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) on Ubuntu

Eclipse Ganymede (the successor to Europa) has nice features that we are missing out on (Mylyn, inline renames, etc.).

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).

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/

Get Ganymede

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.

Suggested Plugins
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).

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:

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