How to choose default Java version

Just installing new Java flavours does not change the default Java pointed to by /usr/bin/java. You must explicitly set this:

Open a Terminal window
Run sudo update-java-alternatives -l to see the current configuration and possibilities.
Run sudo update-java-alternatives -s XXXX to set the XXX java version as default. For Sun Java 6 this would be sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun
Run java -version to ensure that the correct version is being called.

You can also use the following command to interactively make the change;

Open a Terminal window
Run sudo update-alternatives –config java
Follow the onscreen prompt

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