Updating Java6 from u6 to u14 on Ubuntu powered Dell Mini 9


Sometimes a newer Java6 version must be installed, e.g. to get support of full screen applications. But updates for the Dell Mini 9 are not issued as regular as required to solve this problem. Therefore I have decided to install the required packages by hand using packages compiled for other Ubuntu Hardy powered LPIA systems.

To find the relevant package start with the overview page of the Ubuntu Java team: “sun-java6” package in Ubuntu (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/sun-java6). At the time of this writing the latest version for Hardy (Ubuntu 8.04) was 6-14-0ubuntu1.8.04 (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/hardy/+source/sun-java6/6-14-0ubuntu1.8.04).

On the right side of the page are links to successfully performed builds for LPIA. This final page (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/sun-java6/6-14-0ubuntu1.8.04/+build/1103045) contains links to the packages to download:

The last mentioned JRE package can be found on Binary Package “sun-java6-jre” in The Hardy Heron for lpia (lpia). I do not know why the packages are located on different web pages and not on a single one.

Install the files directly using gdebi or after downloading with this command in a single line:

sudo dpkg -i  sun-java6-jre_6-14-0ubuntu1.8.04_all.deb

Now even Fullscreen Java Applications should work as expected. I’ve tested the example from http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/extra/fullscreen/index.html and it really shows a full screen application.


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