I just know from outpouring of concern, you are just dying to know how I resolved my Java/SQLServer 2008 issue. So I shall tell you.
I happened to have a 2 month old snapshot of my development Virtual Machine, so I pulled the cached copies of the old install .debs and forced them to install on my current system. Everything works (except for a broken dependency warning ) now.
Now I just have to wait, and test, to see when the problem is really solved and I can update my system.