Install JEdit in Ubuntu : How To

JEdit is a simple and cool looking editor designed using Java . The interface is pretty much the same in both Windows and Ubuntu. I would consider it as an alternative for kate in Windows .

To install JEdit in Windows , just download this executable.( 2.6MB)

Installing it Ubuntu is equally simpler .
You can download the .deb package
here . (3.4 MB )

If you are a geek ,who prefers to install it thru’ command line, then follow the steps below :

  • Append  these two lines to sources.list file found in /etc/apt/

deb ./
deb-src ./

  • Run the following line in Terminal
    sudo apt-get install update
  • Now run the following line to install JEdit
    sudo apt-get install jedit

As an alternative to all the above said packages , you are also provided with a platform independent JEdit installer .Its in .jar format.
You can get it here.

Additional Links :

Mac OS X package (  6.5 MB)

Slackware package ( 3.4 MB )

Source code (  1.9 MB    )

Screenshots :

jedit screenshot

Java better on Ubuntu than Vista


Phoronix performed    interesting benchmarking analyses to determine the efficiency of Java on Windows Vista and Ubuntu platform.The results were quite obvious ,Ubuntu won hands-down.

What follow are few major extracts from their experiments:

  • Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 and Ubuntu 8.10 were used .
  • Each OS was left to its default settings, including the use of the standard desktop effects.
  • All tests were executed through the Phoronix Test Suite.In Windows they were manually run .
  • In Sunflow Rendering System,the performance between Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista was quite close and  between the official Java
    and OpenJDK build on Ubuntu Linux the results were very close.
  • In  Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) performance measure, Java on Ubuntu was about 30% faster than Windows Vista Premium.
  • In The Successive Over Relaxation (SOR) performance  measure , Java on Ubuntu was about 33% faster than with Microsoft Windows.
  • In  Monte Carlo performance measure , Ubuntu’s JVM was 3 times faster than what was tested  on Windows Vista.
  • In composite performance measure , the best performance was exhibited using Java on Ubuntu. There was  over a 50% difference, that separated Windows Vista and Ubuntu 8.10.
  • The j2dbench performance was significantly better on Windows Vista Premium, but that’s likely attributed to the Intel graphics stack on Linux having little in the way of performance optimizations.

Read the thorough analysis by Phoronix here .