Run jnlp files from Xubuntu and probably Ubuntu 12.04 – SOLVED

OK.  So something means you need to run a .jnlp file provided by some site or other.  Suddenly we’re in the world of Java pain.

Ubuntu’s OpenJDK is a second class citizen – and we’re supposed to install Sun/Oracle’s version of Java.  And Oracle being what they this means they’ve made it difficult – possible – but why should Oracle make me have to install via downloaded tarballs etc.

Good news.  Ubuntu’s OpenJDK Java 7 Runtime seems to do the job.  Also tick the Web Browser plugin option.  Then – Firefox will offer Icetea as the option to run the jnlp file.

I had installed Xubuntu-restricted-extras – and added the Canonical partners to the repository list.  And now the server console provided by http://www.hetzner.de works – yay!

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  • rsbrux
    10th August 2013 at 3:20 pm 

    Didn’t work for me on Ubuntu 12.04 whic I had upgraded by adding Xubuntu packages.
    Icedtea becomes available to run jnlp, but jnlp doesn’t start (either in Firefox or direct in LInux).

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