TOC | Previous | Next | Documentation Home

Customizing Firefox and the Java plug-in

On Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the default graphical web browser is Mozilla’s Firefox.  This browser will not display web sites that utilize Java plug-ins without further customization.  Because the Reciprocal Net web application does make use of Java plug-ins, you should consider whether you ever will access the web application from the server console, or whether all access will occur via other desktop computers.  Continue with this section only if you choose the former.

First, verify that the Java plug-in is installed.  Launch the Add/Remove Software program as before and look on the List tab for a package named java-1.6.0-sun-plugin .  If it is not already present on your system, download and install this package now.

TIPè On some GNU/Linux distributions, there may be several different editions present of the Java Runtime Engine (JRE).  Not all JRE’s have the same capabilities or directory structure.  You can control which JRE is the default one by running: alternatives --config java .  Reciprocal Net site software is designed to work with the JRE published by Sun Microsystems and repackaged by the JPackage Project. 

Then, go to a command prompt and type the following command (all on one line):

ln –s /usr/lib/jvm/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/ /usr/lib/firefox-

.  If your system’s version of Firefox is different than, modify the final argument accordingly.

Now Java applets embedded within web pages should display correctly.  Continue to the next section.

TOC | Previous | Next | Documentation Home