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Can anybody confirm whether the first hit is the official Sun Java packages (and not third party Java packages)?
The best way i found to get the java packages is by using java-package, just download the *.bin from the official sun java site, and this usefull tool converts it to deb, so then you can enjoy the official package installed easily. It's done this way to not break legal things and stuff, because java is still technically sun's only and things like that. If memory servers me right just "apt-get install java-package" and then do make-jpkg *.bin. If it doesnt work just read the manual with man java-package. If you already have java working, well you can also do it other ways, but i think this is the more "debian" way. Enjoy.
Why not just download and install right from java.sun.com?
If you think you might want to uninstall or upgrade your installed version of java at some time later on, this becomes easier if you've converted the Sun binary into a Debian package. Dpkg keeps track of all the locations of files that have been installed from a certain package and this helps to make very clean uninstalls with no unnecessary clutter left to your disk.