1. Get the latest Eclipse Installer and extract the downloaded archive.
2. Run the executable "eclipse-inst" and follow the instructions to install the IDE. Recent versions of the installer bundle a Java runtime, so you don't have to worry about it.
3. After you run Eclipse for the first time, a sample .desktop file will be added to ~/.local/share/applications/. You'll need to make some changes to it.
3.1. Add the "Icon" option if it's not already there.
3.2. Set "?NoDisplay" to "false"
It should look like this:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Eclipse Platform Exec=/home/user/eclipse/ide/eclipse/eclipse %u Icon=/home/user/eclipse/ide/eclipse/icon.xpm NoDisplay=false Type=Application MimeType=x-scheme-handler/eclipse+command;
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