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Plug-ins

Plug-ins for Firefox extend the functionality of the browser.   Plug-ins are available to process various file formats, including word-processed documents, spreadsheets, and multi-media objects, and to perform other extended functions for the browser.

To determine which Plug-ins are installed and whether or not they are enabled, enter about:plugins in the location bar.

Plug-ins for Firefox 1.5.0.00 and Later

Java Runtime Environment Download Instructions

  1. Go to the Java Technology Software on HP-UX web site (or the Java download page) and select the Available download link that is appropriate for your system.   For example, if you have an HP Integrity (Itanium®) system, you can click either the JDK 5.0 or SDK 1.4.2 link.

  2. After reading the introductory information in the corresponding product page that appears, in the Downloads section of the page, click the link for the desired Java software version you want to download.

  3. In the SW Depot registration page that appears:
    1. Select the appropriate Software specifications (Java software to be downloaded) and complete the Product specifications information.
    2. Complete the Customer information and Address.
    3. Check the appropriate Warranty and License terms checkboxes.
    4. Click the Next >> button near the bottom of the page.

  4. In the Software download confirmation page that appears, click the Download Directly >> button and download the software.

    Note: If the installation instructions link for your Java product download does not work, please see the installation instructions in that product's release notes listed on the Business Support Center at: http://www.hp.com/go/hpux-java-docs.

  5. Follow the installation instructions and install the software.

Java Runtime Plug-in Download Instructions

Both the RTE and the JPI are needed.   Follow these steps to obtain them:

  1. The runtime plug-in download is located on the HP Software Depot; however, you need to select the appropriate version — JDK/JRE 6.0.x, JDK/JRE 5.0.x, or JPI 1.4.2.x.   Note that beginning with 5.0, the plug-in is included in the JRE download.   For SDK versions 1.4.2.x, the plug-in is a separate JPI download. Click on the following (appropriate) link:
    » JDK/JRE 6.0.x downloads
    » JDK/JRE 5.0.x downloads
    » Runtime Plug-in (JPI) 1.4.2.x downloads

  2. After reading the introductory information in the corresponding product page that appears, in the Downloads section of the page, click the link for the desired Java software version to be downloaded.

  3. In the SW Depot registration page that appears:
    1. Select the appropriate Software specifications (Java software to be downloaded) and complete the Product specifications information.
    2. Complete the Customer information and Address.
    3. Check the appropriate Warranty and License terms checkboxes.
    4. Click the Next >> button near the bottom of the page.

  4. In the Software download confirmation page that appears, click the Download Directly >> button and download the software.

    Note: If the installation instructions link for your Java product download does not work, please see the installation instructions in that product's release notes listed on the Business Support Center at: http://www.hp.com/go/hpux-java-docs.

  5. Follow the installation instructions to install the plug-in.   The plug-in is installed in the /opt/java1.x directory tree, where x is 4 or 5 depending on which version you are using.

Depending on the version of Java you are using, you may need to create the links necessary to allow Firefox to locate the runtime plug-in shared library.

After installing Mozilla and the Java RTE and runtime plug-in, you may need to configure some user preferences in each user's Mozilla environment.   Java should be enabled by default.   If it is not, the steps are:

  1. Run Firefox with '/opt/firefox/firefox' or equivalent.

  2. Select Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced from the Firefox toolbar.

  3. Check the box Enable Java. (This is the default.)

  4. Click OK.

The JPI comes with a Control Panel that is accessed from the Firefox browser by:

  1. In the menu bar, select File -> Open Page.

  2. In the file selection window, type (for example) "/opt/java1.4/jre/ControlPanel.html".

  3. Click Open in Navigator

A page is then displayed that contains a number of Java options.

It is not necessary for most users to do anything with the Control Panel, as the defaults are appropriate in most cases.   For more information, see the appropriate JPI release notes on the Business Support Center (BSC) at http://www.hp.com/go/hpux-java-docs. Note that for all versions of 5.0.x and 6.0.x, and all versions of 1.4.2.x after the Java SDK/RTE 1.4.2.07, the JPI release notes are included with the SDK/RTE or JDK/JRE release notes themselves. For JPI 1.4.2.7 and earlier, see the Java Runtime Plug-in (JPI) 1.4.2.07 and Earlier Release Notes Portfolio on the same BSC site.

RealPlayer 8 from Real Networks (unsupported)

There is no known way to do a network-wide, or even system-wide, installation of RealPlayer.   Each user must install it individually by invoking the executable installation file.   Do not attempt to install it on a server, as it requires sound hardware only found on HP-UX workstations.

The installation opens some X windows, so the X server must be running, and the DISPLAY environment variable must be set to an appropriate display location.

The installation WILL FAIL if the X server system is running in Single Logical Screen mode (that is, with more than one graphics display device running as a single large display).   After installation, the player will run in SLS mode, but do not try to use any of the menu selections.   If in SLS mode, the player will hang, or even restart the X server itself.

The steps required to install RealPlayer on a workstation are:

  1. Download the installation kit from RealPlayer 8 (third party plug-in)

    (For the Select OS combo box, choose HP-UX 11;
    for the Select CPU combo box, any selection will do.)

  2. Move the download to /tmp.

  3. If the workstation is running SLS, then from a privileged account:

    1. Save a copy of /etc/X11/X0screens,

    2. Disable SLS by replacing the contents of /etc/X11/X0screens with the following line:

      Screen /dev/crt

    3. Close all running programs, and restart the Xserver by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Break.

    4. Re-login to the user account.

  4. Run /tmp/rp8_hpux_11_cs1.bin

    Install RealPlayer in the home directory, which should be the default.

  5. After the installation completes, select transport and other preferences.   Make sure the RealPlayer window closes correctly.

  6. To restore SLS, if necessary, from a privileged account, restore /etc/X11/X0screens from the saved copy, close all running programs, and restart the Xserver by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Break.

  7. Select the audio outputs for the workstation by clicking on the speaker icon on the CDE front panel, or equivalently, run /opt/wt/bin/AudioCP.

  8. You may need to create the following symbolic link in order for the player to work as a plug-in:

    /opt/firefox/Plug-ins -> /usr/local/RealPlayer8/rpnp.so

  9. Run /opt/firefox/firefox, then run a sample audio file with a ram extension from the Web.

  10. In the Download window popup, select /usr/local/RealPlayer8/realplay to play the audio file .   Also, select Do automatically for files like this now in the download window.   This will store the mime type properly for future reference.

Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.10 (unsupported)

Follow these instructions to configure Adobe Acrobat Reader as a helper application on Firefox:

  1. Install Acrobat Reader
    1. Download Adobe Reader from Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0.10 (third party plug-in)

    2. After downloading the .tar .gz file, copy it to /tmp and unpack it with the following commands:

      gzip -d hpux-508.tar.gz
      tar -vfx hpux-508.tar

    3. Run the installation file with the command: ./INSTALL.

    4. Use the installation directory: /opt/Acrobat5.

    5. If you are doing a network-server installation, move this tree to the server system, and create a symlink on each served system:

      /opt/Acrobat5 -> /nfs_dir/Acrobat5

  2. Setup Acrobat Reader as a helper application in Firefox.

    1. Run /opt/firefox/firefox and select a sample pdf file.

    2. In the download popup window, select /opt/Acrobat5/bin/acroread to read display the pdf file.   Also select Do automatically for files like this now in the download window.   This will store the mime type properly for future refrence.

Macromedia Flash Player 6 (supported)

The Macromedia Flash Player for HP-UX is supported for use with the HP-distributed versions of Firefox on PA2.0 and Itanium®-based HP-UX systems. You can download the HP-UX Firefox software from HP-UX Firefox downloads.

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