Friday, August 31, 2007

Sun JRE install in Linux (Fedora Core 6) for Firefox

The JRE install is something I always forget and it's always a pain in the ass. I wanted it to be able to view some videos within Firefox from my friends at
Choose a Version 5 or Version 6 JRE install

Here is a quick link to the latest JRE (Version 6 Update 2):

Here is the link to the full Sun Java download page (
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 Update 12):

From the displayed list of downloadable softwares, I suggest you install the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 Update.

Here are the install notes:

The install notes are straight forward. Follow them. However, the one instruction the install notes leave out is to create a symbolic link to the Java plugin shared object from the Firefox plugins directory. Your paths may vary slightly if you've installed a different version of the JRE (either Version 6 Update 2 or
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 Update 12).

Here is that command for a JRE 5.0 Update 12 install:
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_12/plugin/i386/ns7/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

Here is the command for a JRE 6.0 Update 2 install:
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.6.0_02/plugin/i386/ns7/ /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

After that, restart your browser. You can then verify the test content on Sun's site:

good luck!

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