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Installing Sun´s Java can pose a bit of a problem. Sun does have it´s own view on packaging software, not only for Star Office but even worse for Java, that is why I collected some bits and pieces that can help.
Download it here: . . . get the 'jre-6u11-linux-i586.bin' ( not the rpm ) the package that ends on ".bin"

CD to the directory you downloaded jre-6u11-linux-i586.bin ( your version might have different numbers )


# chmod a+x jre-6u11-linux-i586.bin

and run the file:

# ./jre-6u11-linux-i586.bin

( don´t forget the dot at the beginning, no space after the /)

You will get a license agreement before it will start and install the package.

After the install you will have to make a link from the java plugin to the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory ( check the path, for example in SUSE 10.1 it is /usr/lib/browser-plugins ) . .
The java plugin ( ) will most likely be located in /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-sun- ( Also in this case: check the path ).

# ln -s  /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-sun-   /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

Other browsers will look for their plugins in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins too !
( Exception: Depending on the version of Firefox you additionally need to put a link to the in your /firefox/plugins directory too )

Now restart your browser, type 'about:plugins' in the address bar and see if java is listed.


-- Sep 30 2003 ( Revised Jan 30 2009 ) --

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