Sun Microsystems announced the 64-bit version of the JRE, which includes the Java Plugin.
This means that if you have a 64-bit version of a Linux distribution, you can now have Java applets running in your Firefox.
Download at https://jdk6.dev.java.net/6uNea.html
You can install in /usr/local/
Then, you need to make a symbolic link, (it’s OK if Firefox is still running)
ln -s /usr/local/jre1.6.0_12/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so ~/.mozilla/plugins/
Then, in Firefox, visit about:plugins and check if the new plugin is recognised. You should see the text below.
- Όνομα αρχείου: /usr/local/jre1.6.0_12/lib/amd64/libnpjp2.so
Finally, test your browser with the demo applets at http://java.sun.com/applets/jdk/1.4/index.html
I do not know how well some complicated Java applications will behave. If you do not see the applet starting up (there is no loading indication), have a look at ~/.xsession-errors for any hints of a failed applet.