this is NEVER a good idea , and should be blocked from being able to run
allowing a normal users password to be a replacement for the root password is never a good idea
"sudo" is also not setup on rhel
the default is not to use it , but use only "su" and "su -"
the two do very different things
also WHAT version of java are you trying to install ????
icedtea openJDK is in the third party repos or RHN for the aging RHEL5.9
as i recall for the old 5 series it is OpenJDK 1.6
Graphical installers are not supported by the VM. The console mode will be used instead...
so this is a LOCAL "remote" install on a VM ( as in the same windows computer you are sitting in front of )
and not a real install on a server located across the country
Normally RHEL is installed on a server WITHOUT Xorg
as a text only install
seeing as this is a Virtual install is there a MUST USE !!! reason for using the aging RHEL 5.9 ?
and not using the current RHEL 6.4
the REQUIRED support contract
you bought with RHEL 5.9 can be moved to a upgrade for RHEL 6.4
contact redhat sales and tech support
You ARE paying then from $49 to $299 ( $299 is the Standard 1 year license fee ) per year for the required support contract,
you might want to use it .
openjdk can be installed using "yum" in just a few typed words
-- the root password when asked for --
yum list \*java-1\* | grep open
-- then from the list ---
yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk
java 1.6 uses the built in web plugin
java 1.7 uses a sandbox and NO firefox plugin