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Linux: Where to Place Your Software

To begin, let's briefly review a couple of important directories that can be found on any Linux installation starting with the /etc folder. This folder is a key destination in Linuxland; it's used to do such important things as stopping and starting the system, manipulating network interfaces, changing startup options, and so on.

Another key Linux location is the /opt folder, which is the location you can use to store software packages you want to add to the system. There aren't any hard and fast rules about this, but a typical installation might place the JDK in a path such as /opt/java/jdk. We'll be using the /opt folder a little later on.

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