Not a bash, just the facts

Karl Auer kauer at
Fri Mar 24 04:16:12 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-03-23 at 14:12 +0100, Loïc Martin wrote:
> > I think I must be having visions or we're talking about to different 
> > things. For me, installing Sun's has always been faster on Ubuntu than 
> > on Windows : open Synaptic, do a search for "java" (name and 
> > description) then install j2re1.4 and the j2re that also has in the name 
> > "mozilla-plugin". Then just accept the license agreement that pops up.
> Does that really work?  Why do the wiki instructions include so many
> terminal commands then?   (I'm not doubting you, just wondering why the
> RestrictedFormats wiki page doens't just explain it as clearly as you
> just did?)

Doesn't Synaptic install a non-Sun Java? I'm pretty sure it does. To Get
Sun's you have to go through the "get it, package-ize it, install it"
process with a download from Sun, and that's what the WiKi describes in
such detail.

The Ubuntu default one doesn't work in all cases - I couldn't get
Eclipse to start properly, for example. After I installed the Sun one
everything worked perfectly. Which could have been a fault in Eclipse,
relying on some oddity in the Sun JVM, but the effect was the same.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at                   +61-2-64957160 (w/h)                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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