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Java 6 update 10 on Ubuntu 8.10 && Firefox November 5, 2008

Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
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EDIT: Then new Ubuntu release (9.04) fixes this problem, and installing the plugin can be done by typing this in a console: sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

When I wanted to test some new features of the latest java 6 re update, I noticed that firefox wasn’t showing any applets at all. Reviving applets from the death is probably voodoo business, but anyway, there is an easy solution:

Install the sun jre (openjdk6 is installed by default):

$ sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

Enable the firefox plugin:

$ sudo ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun- /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/

That’s it.

You can test your java-firefox installation here.


1. sivaji - December 5, 2008


2. Roberto - December 10, 2008

Great. Finally a real and simple solution. Thank you.

3. chris - December 23, 2008

that really didnt help my says this dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem. how do i fix this?

claudio - December 24, 2008

The error is not related to the fix but to a half-installed package. Just do:
$ sudo dpkg –configure -a
(To configure wha’ts pending.)

If you still have problems, do:
$ sudo apt-get -f install
(This will remove or install the conflicting packages.)

After this, just create the link of the fix.



4. Fernando - December 24, 2008

Thanks a lot, saved me a lot of work!

5. Ian Sinclair - February 9, 2009

Does this work on the AMD64 version of Ubuntu?

claudio - February 9, 2009

There is now a beta 64-bit browser plugin: https://jdk6.dev.java.net/6uNea.html

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