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Ok I have Windows XP sad.gif and just installed Mandrake 10.1. I like Mandrake almost everything seems to work ok.
My issue is that 1) I cannot get Java to install right and 2) can't figure out irc. My biggest issue right now is Java.
I have installed Firefox ok but it says that it cannot install Java that I need to do it manually. Everytime I try to install it the way it says to on the website the console tells me that there is no /usr/Java directory and I cannot figure out for the life of me how to create it. When I try to create or modify a folder in the usr dir it says I don't have permission. I am stumped. I am getting into Linux but if I cannot get Java to work I am going to have to go back to Windows.

What am I doing wrong?
Sounds like you are trying to install the Java plugin for Firefox without actually having a JRE installed. First, you will want to install the JRE (which will include the Mozilla plugin you need to copy into your Firefox plugin library.)

Head over to and grab the nifty Java Runtime Environment (JRE) install script they offer.

Once that finishes the install, there is a plugin directory wherever you installed the JRE

Copy the (sorry, don't remember the exact name) mozilla plugin called something to the extent of "" into your Firefox plugin directory. Another example:

Now you should have a working JRE and the Firefox plugin installed.
This is the jre I am talking about. The problum is it won't install. This is the link for the instructions.

I followed the instructions but I can't seem to get step 3.
Change to the directory in which you want to install. Type:
For example, to install the software in the /usr/java/ directory, Type:
cd /usr/java

there is no /usr/java directory and cannot get passed this point.
You just need to 'su' to root, and create that directory. You will probably want to move the install binary into /usr/java before executing it.
$ su
[enter your password here]
# mkdir /usr/java
# mv /path/to/jre-version.rpm.bin /usr/java/
# cd /usr/java
# chmod +x jre-version.rpm.bin
# ./jre-version.rpm.bin
You can run the .bin file anywhere - It will just extract an RPM to the same driectory. It's the RPM that handles the actual-installation, just double-click it and type your root password when prompted.

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