It’s no secret that I’m no fan of Java applications, but its also a necessary evil that I generally need to have installed on my PC. I had a few problems getting it working on my Linux (Fedora Core 5) PC though – this is what I had to do.
The Unofficial Fedora FAQ got me started; however as I didn’t want the whole Java development kit (JDK) installed – just the Java runtime environment (JRE) I downloaded the RPM installer from the Sun Java download site.
Next, I entered the following commands:
chmod +x jre-1_5_0_08-linux-i586-rpm.bin
yum –enablerepo=jpackage-generic-nonfree install java-1.5.0-sun-compat
ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_08/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
I’m not sure why the link is from the mozilla plugins folder, not from /usr/lib/firefox-18.104.22.168/plugins/ (as I would have expected from a LinuxQuestions.org forum post on the subject) but after a browser restart, I was able to successfully test the Java installation, which was correctly identified as Sun Microsystems Inc. Java version 1.5.0_08 on Linux OS version 2.6.17-1.2174_FC5.