There have been a few web sites, that I quickly move on from as they require Java. They have just not been important or enough of them for me to install Java – until today.
I received a notice that the Australian Science Media Centre were hosting an online briefing on biofuels. In order to participate, I needed Java.
Well, I installed Java, but not in time to participate in the briefing. But this will be available to download and listen to later if I’m still so inclined.
I guess if I really wanted to listen to the briefing live, I could have just installed the version (Java Sun JRE 5.0) that is available in the Debian stable repository.
I’ve already got a bit of a mess on my Debian Etch system having not used the package manager to install Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash, so I was not about to go down that route with Java. But I learnt that Sun JRE 6.0 was available, and I could get it from the unstable repository. And my reading and learning did not stop there.
The only thing that I would add to this, is that to get the plugin to work with Iceweasel, I needed to create a sym link in my .Mozilla directory to /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so as per mozdev.org‘s PluginDoc.