Install Opera 9.23 in Debian Etch and Setup Its Java Plugins

[Update: September 14, 2007, I install this Opera-9.23 browser on the 32-bit version of Debian Etch.]  

In this blog, I will describe how to install Opera 9.23 web browser in Debian Etch and how to setup its Java plugin. I assume that Sun JDK is already installed in the /opt/jdk1.6.0_02 directory.

Installing the Opera 9.23 web browser is easy. We just download the (.deb version) for Debian Etch from Opera web site. Then, issue the following command for installation.


>dpkg -i opera_9.23-20070809.6-shared-qt_en_i386.deb

That’s it for the installation.

To set up Java plugins for Opera web browser, follow the steps below.

– Open the just-installed Opera web browser

– Tools–>Preferences–>Advanced–>Content

– Then, click on the “Java Optoins”

– Next, browse to the following path, /opt/jdk1.6.0_02/jre/lib/i386.

– Click Validate Java Path.

Now, web sites that contain java applications and applets should be working on Opera. We can check it by opening a page that contains java applets such as Java Applet tutorial on the Sun web site.

The thing is that many people misunderstand that Java plugin path is, /opt/jdk1.6.0_02/jre/plugin/i386/ns7, which is incorrect if the Sun JDK is used.

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