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I need to get Java working for an online class, but I'm not having any luck. I've installed the package sun-java6-jre successfully, but Java still does not load in browser.

The Oracle instructions here: say I should have a file called "" -- I don't see any file named that (or anything similar) in the package file listing here:

There are no files at all that end in *.so -- where did I go wrong with this install? Did I install the wrong java6 package?

# java -version
java version "1.6.0_26"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_26-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.1-b02, mixed mode)
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There are tricky licensing issues going on with Java (triply so after Oracle bought Sun). The sun-java* packages are not the "official" Java installation in Debian and other free operating systems — the open implementation OpenJDK is, available in the openjdk-* packages.

The browser plugin functionality that goes with this Java version is called IcedTea, available as icedtea*-plugin.

So, if you want to go "the Oracle way", then you should download .deb packages directly from Oracle (given they provide them) and follow their instructions. If you want to go "the Debian way", install e.g. icedtea-7-plugin, which should pull in the needed OpenJDK packages.

Other references:

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