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

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