Kubuntu Breezy - Absolute beginners

Montag, Oktober 24, 2005

Setting up Firefox I - III

Update: instead of following this howto, you could also try out Automatix.

If you want to open PDFs, watch trailers, listen to online radio .... etc. in firefox, you have to install some plugins.
Make sure that before installing any plugins, CLOSE your firefox!

That's why you should follow this HowTo if you're using Kubuntu as I do.

I. The first and very easy one to install is flash-player.Open the Konsole and type:
sudo apt-get install flashplayer-mozilla
. (It will ask for your password).

After installing, restart firefox. Flahsplayer should work now.

II. To read PDF-files within firefox, you should install acroread.
Open Adept (System Panel --> System --> Package Manager (Adept) ), enter your password. Type "acroread" into the 'Quick Filter'. Click "install package" on acroread, acroread-plugins and mozilla-acroread. Then click: Commit Changes. (Adept will download and install the applications).
Restart firefox.

III. Updated To install Java, download the "Linux self extraction file" from here (klick on "Download JRE 5.0 Update 6", accept license, then click on jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin --> save to your home folder).
Open a terminal. To go to the /usr directory, type:
cd /usr

Create a new directory for your java:

sudo mkdir java

Go back to your home folder:


Move the downloaded file to the created directory:
sudo mv jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin /usr/java

Now you can install it:
cd /usr/java
sudo sh ./jre-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin

accept the license
Now go into the plugins-directory of firefox:

cd /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/plugins/

(if you have an older version of java installed you need to: rm libjavaplugin_oji.so, if you have installed firefox 1.5 with this howto as I did you need to go into this direction: opt/firefox/plugins/).

And finally create a symbolic link:
sudo ln -s /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so

Of course if you have AMD64 you have to replace "i586" with "amd64".
Restart firefox.

More Plugins see Step 4 b


  • I've no such *_oji.so file under my java installation directory. I've installed jre1.5.0_06 that's now available at sun's site. There's neither an ns7 directory or something similar.

    By Anonymous Anonym, at 1/04/2006 06:50:00 nachm.  

  • actually, there is! The directory just changed a little bit. The libjavaplugin_oji.so is now in /usr/java/jre1.5.0_06/plugin/i386/ns7

    I've updated the guide anyway :-)

    By Blogger Zerlinna, at 1/04/2006 10:25:00 nachm.  

  • Hello Zerlinna.
    The link you gave is the Ubuntu Automatix... Arnieboy has a proper version for Kubuntu which is http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=105343
    which works like a dream!!

    Hope all is well for you


    By Blogger boilerhouse, at 1/04/2006 11:36:00 nachm.  

  • Thank you I've updatet the guide :-)

    By Blogger Zerlinna, at 1/06/2006 01:52:00 nachm.  

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