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Linux + Eclipse users, read this! [message #509484] Fri, 22 January 2010 15:07
Eric Rizzo is currently offline Eric RizzoFriend
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Linux distributions may provide packaged Eclipse. Those packages may be tailored to certain needs and therefore may differ in shape and behaviour from the original Eclipse provided by the Eclipse Foundation; therefore all issues with those packages should be routed via appropriate Linux bug trackers.
If you want to be certain to get the original, "official" Eclipse experience, download directly from

Also, many older Linux distributions include gcj or OpenJDK as the default JVM, and even installing Oracle's JDK/JRE does not always make it the default. Eclipse is known to have problems when running under gcj and is not officially tested/supported with OpenJDK (problems have been reported), so it is strongly recommended that you specify the Oracle JDK for Eclipse. Simple instructions can be found at

Which Eclipse do I have?
If you have downloaded and installed from, you have the Eclipse Foundation
one. If you have downloaded and installed via rpm or deb package, or if it came pre-packaged in your linux distro, you have a customized linux version.

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