If there's no solution then I'll have to use windows on my virtual box to access java applet based websites
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Java works on Linux! Java and Linux are a match made in heaven (well, I am a Java developer, so I'm somwhat biassed...)
Okay, let's recap, maybe even redo the steps (examples given with the plugin I used, your version will be a bit higher, that's okay)
Download the JRE
Get root rights
Copy the downloaded file in /opt
Go to the folder you just placed the installer into
Execute this command
chmod +x jre-6u21-linux-i586.bin
Then, execute that installer
A lot of text makes its way on to the screen...
Look at the contents now
Saw a folder called "java
" ? Good
Leave root mode
go to your home folder
The dot is important
, that folder is hidden, hence the dot...
If there is no folder called "plugins
" make one and enter it
execute this command
ln -s /opt/java/jre/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so libjavaplugin_oji.so
(if you're not sure, but all of the above is the same, copy-n-paste this command)
There's not a lot you can miss, if the target does'nt exist (typo in the above command) the system will not make a link
Open Firefox, time to see where we've landed and enter this for a URL : "aboutlugins
" (about - colon - plugins without spaces, the page turns this into a smiley, figure that) and see if the Java plugin is in the list.
(at all) is unclear, post a reply, I will keep this thread in my watch list!