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Good Implementation Strategy ?

Albert Kam
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Joined: Oct 18, 2007
Posts: 58
Dear Ranchers,

I'm facing difficulties in finding a better way to setup workstations that will be used to access our legacy web-application. The clients' platform is Microsoft Windows XP.

The usual task is like this, and must be repeated across all workstatios :
1. Install Mozilla Firefox 3.x
2. Install specific jre 1.4.x -> to view java applets for report previewing etc
Because this legacy web application still uses an old report engine, it must stick to this jre version, otherwise, the print preview and the print output could be different from what we wanted.
3. Install specific font on Java
Must place several ttf files into font folder of Java

Problem :
- What is the client already has another newer version of JRE installed ? How do i make the Firefox to use the older JRE ?

How-to-make-it-easier problem :
- Can i 'bundle' the JRE along with the specific fonts with the Firefox and 'installs' it without affecting the client's already existing JRE and firefox ? The bundled firefox would use the bundled JRE, not the already installed JRE.
If i were to implement this in linux, i think i could copy the ttf files into the extracted jvm, and simply make a symbolic link of the to the plugin directory of firefox. All that is left is to provide a desktop icon for the bundled firefox, that will use the bundled JRE.

Please share your enlightening ideas ..

Albert Kam

Be nice !
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

I've moved this to "General Computing," as it's not a Java programming problem.

I googled "custom firefox installer" and got a number of very promising hits, like this and this.

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Albert Kam
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Joined: Oct 18, 2007
Posts: 58
Hello ...

Im sorry to post there coz i was uncertain about where to post. I thought JRE implementation problem fits.

Thanks for the search keywords, this is a good start

Albert Kam

I agree. Here's the link:
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