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I've just created a brand new Ubuntu 10.04 Amazon EC2 image that I plan to use as a java application server.

I can log in successfully by SSH.

I want to install the Sun server JRE but have a couple of questions:

  • Access to the "multiverse" doesn't seem to be enabled in the EC2 instance - how to do this?
  • What is the best strategy to avoid reinstalling whenever I start a new instance?

Can any experienced Ubuntu wizard give me some specific advice on how to get this set up in the best possible way?

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OK, I think I figured out an approach that works:

Edit sources.list file:
  sudo pico /etc/apt/sources.list

Add lines:
  deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid multiverse
  deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner

Update source list:
  sudo apt-get update

Install Sun Java JRE:
  sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre
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