Which application do I use to launch Java

Asked by Glen Sheather on 2011-06-11

I have downloaded a Java file "jre-6u26-linux-i586-rpm.bin"
When I double click on the file I am asked to choose an application.
Which application do I use and where do I find it.
I have a 32 bit DEll

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :

Please first install java the jre-6u26-linux-i586-rpm.bin you have downloaded is not for Ubuntu

To install java on Ubuntu enable partner repository and then use software-center or if prefer to use terminal, type:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre


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Ian Ace (iaculallad) said :

To install, simply open the Terminal and do:

chmod +x jre-6u26-linux-i586-rpm.bin

then execute (be sure to be in the same folder/directory before executing the command below):

sudo ./jre-6u26-linux-i586-rpm.bin


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Glen Sheather (sheatg) said :

I did as you suggested however I got a response
"[Sudo] password for glen:"
could not write password and not sure what password is needed

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Ian Ace (iaculallad) said :

You just have to input your password. Every character you typed-in would not echo back on the screen. Just type it in and press Enter key when done.


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mycae (mycae) said :


Do not install this version of java. It is not for your system -- can you explain what you are trying to achieve? Ubuntu ships its own version of java, which you should be able to use just fine.

Installing a second version of java will cause headaches, as this version of the virtual machine is ONLY for the system on which it was compiled.

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Glen Sheather (sheatg) said :

Thanks Mycae
I think I have sorted it out. Not sure how to tell if I have Jave installed.
"Iced Tea Java 6 web start" is in installed data
Please excuse my ignorant questions but I go my the motto that the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

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