Eclipse 3.4 Ganymede On Ubuntu Intrepid

The Ubuntu Intrepid repository only has eclipse 3.2. I had lots of problems with that version (hanging etc) and it was ruining my programming experience. So I uninstalled it and downloaded the latest tar.gz file from the eclipse downloads page. Then I simply extracted everything under my home folder. The new path is /home/myusername/eclipse/eclipse. Brilliant. And it seemed to keep all my existing projects. The only thing was to get pydev and the pydev extensions working. For some reason this was incredibly slow but eventually it succeeded and everything was working just like I wanted. Only one thing to get. A logo for the menu item. I found an answer here: http://www.bearfruit.org/blog/2007/08/09/eclipse-svg-icons.

Here is how some other people did it (including blow by blow instructions) – http://midnight-freak.blogspot.com/2008/08/eclipse-ganymede-in-ubuntu.html.

NB there may be various things installed on my system which made it as easy to install as described. In particular, I probably had the latest java packages installed when I ran the one-step restricted updates command Ubuntu Multimedia, MS Fonts etc in One Command!.

Ubuntu Multimedia, MS Fonts etc in One Command!

I have always wanted a one-step way of getting a Ubuntu machine set up and ready to go. This doesn’t handle everything I need (e.g. Broadcom wireless and NVidia) but it is pretty close 🙂 .

The Ubuntu Restricted Extras will install Adobe Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (sun-java-jre) with Firefox plug-ins (icedtea), a set of Microsoft Fonts (msttcorefonts), multimedia codecs (w32codecs or w64codecs), mp3-compatible encoding (lame), FFMpeg, extra Gstreamer codecs, the package for DVD decoding (libdvdread3, but see below for info on libdvdcss2), and the unrar archiver. This is a single command approach.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Intrepid#Restricted_Extras

For more on the Microsoft fonts read http://ubuntu.wordpress.com/2005/09/09/installing-microsoft-fonts/.