Java on Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)

Installing Oracle Java on Ubuntu can be a pretty daunting task. After reading the Ubuntu documentation here:


I came across this nice github project:


Simply run

git clone

Then cd into oab-java6 and run

sudo ./

This will set up a local apt repository for Sun Java 6 and Oracle Java 7. Now run

sudo apt-get update

to add the packages from the repository. As the documentation states, you can now run

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

To install Java 6 runtime environment.

One small thing to note:

I had to run

sudo update-alternatives --config java

and select the Sun JRE since the system defaulted to IcedTea.

Now do

java -version

to see what you have!

Install vmware tools on Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)

I am doing this on server edition.
First do an apt-get update, then apt-get upgrade to bring the entire system current. Then install build tools and kernel headers with the following command:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers`uname -r`

Now click on the Install VMWare Tools option on your Guest. On your VM, run the following command:

sudo mount /dev/sr0 /mnt

Then copy the tools image to the Guest:

cp /mnt/VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz /tmp

You may have a different version of VMwareTools. Now ruun the following commands:

cd /tmp
tar -xzvf VMwareTools-8.6.10-913593.tar.gz
cd vmware-tools-distrib

Now start the install:

sudo ./

I chose all the default values. I did not install any options marked [EXPERIMENTAL]. When the installer is searching for valid headers, I received an error that they could not be found in “”. So, a little searching and I found that some of the headers moved so:

sudo ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/linux/version.h