[CentOS] CentOS 5.4 64-bit: Java web browser plugin for 64-bit FireFox?

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Thu Jan 28 18:58:30 UTC 2010

At Thu, 28 Jan 2010 11:35:35 -0600 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> On 1/28/2010 11:14 AM, Ned Slider wrote:
> > This is all documented on the Wiki for anyone who cares to search:
> >
> > http://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks/PluginsFor64BitFirefox
> >
> > [rhetorical] Why does this mailing list insist on reinventing the wheel
> > rather than perform a simple search of existing documentation first?
> You sort-of expect end users to do that.  A more relevant question is 
> why is it shipped broken in the first place?  Is it just Red Hat trying 
> to maintain their reputation for making java as hard to use as possible?

Java is an odd case: *Sun* has weird / non-compatible license issues, so
RH (or CentOS) cannot just re-distribute the Sun JDK and appearently the
openjdk does not include a web browser plug in (nothing RH or CentOS can
do about that).

And it appears that Sun decided to change the name and location of the
64-bit plugin, which is what threw me, esp. since in the *32-bit* Sun
JDK (6u18) the *old* plugin library is just where I expected it to be. 
Why did Sun do *that*?  You would have thought that they would have
included a README there to explain what they did.


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