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

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at
Fri Dec 19 16:03:02 UTC 2008

Art Alexion wrote:
> On Thursday 18 December 2008 4:16:08 pm Jonas Norlander wrote:
>> 2008/12/18 Art Alexion <art.alexion at>:
>>> I have made it a practice not to install firefox from the ubuntu repos
>>> onto kubuntu because it installs gnome as a dependency.  Problem is, if
>>> you don't do that and install firefox from mozilla, you will have
>>> problems.
>>> Gnome should not be a firefox dependency.  I wish someone would fix that.
>> Well it don't really have a dependency on Gnome. If you install the
>> firefox meta package it _suggest_ firefox-3.0-gnome-support and if you
>> install that it pulls in a lot of Gnome stuff like libgnomevfs and
>> libgconf. I don't know how it was before but now on Intrepid Gnome
>> it's not a dependency.
> Really?
> art at splendid:~$ sudo aptitude install firefox
> [sudo] password for art:
> Reading package lists... Done
> Building dependency tree
> Reading state information... Done
> Reading extended state information
> Initializing package states... Done
> The following NEW packages will be installed:
>   apturl{a} docbook-xml{a} firefox firefox-3.0{a} firefox-3.0-branding{a}
>   gamin{a} gconf2{a} gconf2-common{a} gksu{a} gnome-app-install{a}
>   gnome-icon-theme{a} gnome-keyring{a} gnome-mime-data{a} gnome-mount{a}
<snipped for brevity>

Up front, I don't care for the Gnome desktop. I prefer KDE [ DUH! I 
guess that's why I'm on the Kubuntu list ].

On the other hand there are a few aps that are gnome that I prefer over 
the KDE counterpart. One that I use frequently is "gftp".

I guess I just don't understand. What is all the fuss over having a few 
gnomish bits installed?

If that's how you want to run your computer that's fine. Choices is part 
of what Linux is all about. I'm just curious is all.

Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

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