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We are running ubuntu 14.04, which still does not have openjdk8 yet. And I doubt they are going to fix this very soon. We need jdk8 very badly. Is this openjdk-r ppa safe enough?

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Installing openjdk-8 from this Launchpad PPA is safe.
To install OpenJDK 8 execute the following commands :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk
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    I think we should be able to trust Matthias Klose.
    – Wang
    Apr 26, 2017 at 13:42

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