Make Java work. How?

Michael R. Head burner at
Fri Sep 8 20:54:39 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-09-08 at 05:00 +0000, Herman wrote:
> I need to install JAVA.
> Do I?
> Synaptic tells me that many Java packages are installed.
> If I have a webpage that needs Java, it wants to install Java.
>  (the plug-in tries to install JRE, Java Runtime Environment)
> I use Ubunti 6.06, default installation.
> I tried it out on this website: (and it does not work)
> Java Morse Code Translator
> How do I get Java to work for me?

Don't bother downloading java from Sun. The packages are available in

Just install the sun-java5-jre and sun-java5-plugin packages. 

After this, you may need to incant this on the command line:
sudo update-java-alternatives --jre --plugin -s java-1.5.0-sun

In firefox, if you want to see what plugins are availble, browse to the
location "about:plugins"


> Herman in PHL.
> -- 
> Using Linux-Ubuntu. No more Windows.
Michael R. Head <burner at>
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