Fixing Miro On Ubuntu

I know that this latest Miro release has been pretty odd, being that it does not play well with sun-java6-plugin or sun-java5-plugin for some strange reason. It’s so bad as a matter of fact, that you actually are forced to remove Java completely, which is just plain silly. Here is how I fixed the problem in just a couple of easy steps.

Assuming you are using a terminal window to install Miro after adding the repository in Ubuntu Feisty, you might try something like the following:

sudo apt-get install miro

And you will likely end up with something like this:

The following packages will be REMOVED:

sun-java6-plugin

The following NEW packages will be installed:

miro

0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

So basically, I would have to remove sun-java6-plugin – fun. No thanks though. Instead, I am going to:

sudo apt-get remove sun-java6-plugin

then

sudo apt-get install sun-java5-plugin

then

sudo apt-get install miro

you will then see

The following NEW packages will be installed:
  miro
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Ah, now that is better! 😉 As you can see, this means that with Ubuntu Feisty (Gutsy has not been tested yet) and Miro 0.9.9.9, and Firefox 2.0.0.8 installed, you can still have Java without giving up access to all that Miro goodness. Just remember to do all of this, with Firefox CLOSED. I am welcoming alternative methods that have worked for you, especially with Gutsy, in the comments area. And yes, I believe aptitude will yield the same success at apt.

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