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I'm unable to use web-based java content due to my version being out of date.

%>java -version
java version "1.6.0_24"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_24-b07)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 19.1-b02, mixed mode)

There are no updates available through Update Manager, however there are a couple of options on the java download page http://www.java.com/en/download/linux_manual.jsp?locale=en One is a tarball of the entire java install, another is a .RPM.

Is there a .deb version somewhere?

I'd much prefer having Synaptic handle the updates than try to do it manually and wind up breaking the system update path forever.

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which package manager does Mint use? – amphibient Oct 4 '12 at 18:14
Mint uses Synaptic package manager. – a coder Oct 4 '12 at 18:18
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Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu and can use packages from the Ubuntu repositories (ncluding the many bleeding edge PPAs). Will one of the packages here work for you?

In general, to have access to both Mint's and Ubuntu's repositories, your sources list should look something like this:

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ katya main upstream import
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security main restricted universe multiverse
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ natty partner
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ natty free non-free


The sun java jre should be in the ubuntu partner repository. Do you have this line in your sources.list?

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ natty partner

See here for a howto on installing jre on ubuntu (change lucid to natty for Linux Mint 11).

I don't know if the very latest version is in the repos. Are you sure you need it? Can you give an example of the kind of content you cannot load?

As an alternative you can try using alien to install from rpm. See here for a howto.

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Hi - I'm not finding jre1.7.0_07 in the Ubuntu repository in the link you provided. – a coder Sep 17 '12 at 18:34
@acoder see my updated answer. – terdon Sep 17 '12 at 18:50

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