Java for use in Firefox and Open Office - which packages to download?

Sundar Nagarajan sundar.personal at
Sat Dec 6 05:45:51 GMT 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Bas Roufs wrote:
>> A growing number of websites I visit, require some 'Java plugin'. The
>> key word 'Java' in Synaptic showed a whole bunch of Java related
>> packages - none of them have been installed by default. Could you
>> recommend me which Java package(s) are most useful when working with
>> Firefox and OpenOffice?
> sun-java6-plugin
> That will get all the other dependencies you need.

Sun doesn't offer a 64-bit browser plugin (yet). If you are on a 32-bit 
platform, sun-java6-plugin is the right answer, as per Derek's email.

If you are on a 64-bit platform, you'll need openjdk, which has a 64-bit 
Java applet plugin (note that a regular Java JVM / JRE is different from 
a browser plugin). The following are the java-related packages that I 
have installed for this purpose:



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