Quick shot for fixing issues with missing Java 1.8:
1. Add PPAs
Get yourself the right PPA – apparently JDK 1.8 is still not available for Ubuntu 14.04 (correct me if I’m wrong though), thus:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-fonville/ppa sudo apt-get update
As I’m happily using Synaptic, the next line would probably be:
You’d like to look for
openjdk-8 and install everything you need (usually jre, jdk and headless packages).
For commandline users, that should probably do it:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk openjdk-8-jre openjdk-8-headless
2. Switch to correct Java version
Right now, after installing the new JDK, nothing should have changed, you’re still at Java 1.7. Now, you need to use update-alternatives to manually switch over to JRE 8 🙂
sudo update-alternatives --config java
In my case, I needed to select
/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java – notice the “8” in “java-8-openjdk”. And then: Its done!