[ubuntu-uk] BT speedtester and java

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Sun Oct 21 20:28:38 UTC 2012

On 21/10/12 20:25, Colin Law wrote:
> On 21 October 2012 18:20, Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Colin,
>> On 21/10/12 16:44, Colin Law wrote:
>>> On 21 October 2012 16:42, Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
>>>> Colin,
>>>> You probably need the plugin. Install icedtea-plugin, which is the one
>>>> that is part of openjdk.
>>> icedtea-6-plugin in fact.
>> Both will work. icedtea-plugin depends on icedtea-6-plugin. I presume
>> when Java 7 becomes the default icedtea-plugin will eventually depend on
>> icedtea-7-plugin!
> I see.  I had not noticed that there is a generic icedtea-plugin.
> Perhaps I should remove the version 6 and install the generic.
> ....
> However having looked further I see that on 12.10 this will actually
> pull in version 7 so I think I need to check how I installed java in
> the first place.

If you want to keep with the recommended versions of Java for your
particular release then I would install default-jre and icedtea-plugin
and let the dependencies take care of it all.

You could install icedtea-plugin now without removing icedtea-6-plugin.
It won't do any harm.

if you want to keep to a version 6 of Java when you upgrade to 12.10,
then stick with openjdk-6-jre and icedtea-6-plugin.

There have been some fairly serious security problems with Sun's
versions of Java. I've no idea how openjdk compares. Anyone know?

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