Sunday, October 05, 2008

Running javaws in 64-bit Ubuntu

Running 64-bit Linux is pretty cool, if for nothing else than bragging rights. I like to think that by running a 64-bit OS and reporting issues, I am helping further the progress of new technology.

Once in a while, though, I run into an issue. I run a javaws application to transcribe census records to digital format. It doesn't run with the stock version of Java installed with Ubuntu Hardy, so here's what I had to do to get it to run:

sudo apt-get install ia32-sun-java5-bin
sudo update-alternatives --config javaws

Easy as that! Runs great now, until Sun comes out with a 64-bit version of Java Webstart. Enjoy,