NOVEMBER 26, 2002
Quick Tip: Netscape 7, OS X and Java
I know this tutorial is a bit tangential to the usual fare we offer in this publication, and I know it won't apply to a whole lot of you. However, this fix for the Java problem with Netscape and Mac OS X has been such a boon to me that I just have to share it, even if it only helps a handful of you out there.
With the release of Netscape 6 for Mac OS X and the MRJPluginCarbon 1.0 Java plugin for Mac OS X, this problem was partially fixed, though with Netscape 6, stability was a major issue. And so it really wasn't workable. (For those who don't know, MRJPluginCarbon is a plugin required to run Java in Netscape and Mozilla. And merely installing it on your system also improves Java performance in Internet Explorer and provides Java support for other browsers, such as Opera.)
But then I found out why, and I figured out how to fix it.
Unlike Netscape 6, Netscape 7 includes the MRJPluginCarbon inside the Netscape package itself, rather than accessing it through the Internet Plugins folder in the Mac OS X Library. However, the version included with Netscape 7 for Mac OS X is still version 1.0. Hence, flaky compatibility for Mac OS X 10.2. So what's the fix? Replace the old plugin with the new inside the Netscape package. Here's how you do it.
First, go to http://homepage.mac.com/pcbeard/MRJPlugin/ and download the latest MRJPluginCarbon. As of this writing, that's version 1.0.1. It's in a Stuffit archive and should decompress automatically once it's finished downloading. If not, double-click the icon to expand it into a folder containing three items. The item we're concerned with is the folder-looking thing labeled "MRJPluginCarbon."
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