Problem: Need to install Oracle JRE and JDK and NOT Open JDK/JRE on Debian-style distros.

After thumbing through countless pages I finally found the answer!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

The code above will add java to your repository (found in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/) and store it on your file system.

We need to update aptitude so it recognizes the new repository location, so we issue the sudo apt-get update command

Finally, we need to actually install the desired software. Since ubuntu officially doesn't have the repository automatically listed we needed to add a new location. When we issue the apt-get install packagename command aptitude will query the list of known repository locations that come pre-bundled with Ubuntu or any Debian-style distro (Ubuntu included).

For those that are really interested, we can quickly cat the .list file and we will see the following:

deb oneiric main
deb-src oneiric main

The addition of the new repository location creates the file in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ as mentioned previously.

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