The stable version of Java 8 (1.8) has been released on 18 2014.You can download it from the official website.Java 8 has new features(like lambdas and functional programming) and security updates ,you can get more information of what's new in Java 8.
If you are under Ubuntu system and you prefer the command line interface to do things you can install Java 8 using the Webupd8 Team PPA
Installing Java 8 on Ubuntu (16,15,14,12.04 LTS,10.04)
So go ahead and start your terminal then begin by adding the PPP we have mentionned before
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
Next you need to update your apt-get cache
$ sudo apt-get update
Then you are ready to install the Java 8 installer
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
After downlaoding Java 8 a wizard installer will be presented to you just follow the steps and you'll have Java 8 installed for you.
To verify your installed version of Java type
$ java -version
You should get something like that
java version "1.8.0_101" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_101-b13) Java HotSpot(TM) 32-Bit Server VM (build 25.101-b13, mixed mode)
So we have seen how you can install Java 8 on your Ubuntu system using a PPA ,thanks for reading and see you in another post.