weird, really... I have NEVER had this sort of problem with Mozilla before so If anyone has a theory of why this happened or has encountered it before, please offer me your insight.
Anyway, I had upgraded my Mozilla/Galeon to the latest that RH has via up2date... then printed out the manual for Flash and Java installation, crossed my fingers and viola! SUCCESS!!! - I had Flash AND Java.
I also started using the tabbed browsing feature of mozzilla and galeon - loved it... but then, once in a while my browser would freeze. I would have to kill it through the console or through the RH 8.0 system monitor.
Is it a mozilla issue or or a java plug-in issue? I couldn't tell... most of the time (I think) it happens when I am using the tabbed browsing feature. But then again, before I installed the java plug-in it rarely happened.