ok, so this is kind of a shout for help and partly a sort of how-to or how i did it (im actually in the middle of doing it, lol; it has become an adventure, so i thought i would put it down for posterity)
i needed to update icedtea for my online classes and firefox decided to be a bear and practically hung up on me, so i tried chromium, and it passed all the browser checks except for java... ah, there is an update java link...
so, eventually i found the icedtea page and decided, after not getting the other versions to work, to do the 2.3.4 version, updated 1/15/13 or 15 jan 13
ok, i downloaded, opened in archive manager, dragged to folder, opened in terminal, and you type:
it then goes through a VERY long list of stuff, then it hits an error; I am a bit on through the process, but basically, whatever error you find you then open SYNAPTIC and install whatever it says is missing; type it in the search box, then find it in the list, right click, or double click, and select install, or mark for installation... then click apply and so on
. for a couple of things, one being nss, i sorted by 'new' i think, the gold sort of star or sunburst, the 2nd column, then select all witht he sunburst, right click, mark for install, apply and so on.
... then you go back to your terminal, hit up arrow, which gives you ./configure, and hit enter... it should make it past your previous stopping point; at this point, i am at 'rhino', which i have just installed with synaptic, so... i am re-configuring...
:: now i have an error for jpeg:
configure: error: Could not find JPEG library; install JPEG or build with --disable-system-jpeg to use the in-tree copy.
so, lemme try to fix this and i will continue if/when i get it working... (i found libjpeg and gem, decided to install it all, wth)
now libpng ... trying libpng-12 dev... it is getting longer to ./configure, so i would almost rather just install everything *png, but...
ok, now libgif ... it looks like installing the dev packages for each lib works... libgif is already installed, but not libgif dev
yep, now LCMS2 ... well, that is not in synaptic, and i am tired of this, so it says i can do this, er... ok:: --disable-system-lcms to use the in-tree copy.
i presume they mean ./configure --disable-system-lcms to use the in-tree copy.
ah, it freaked out... maybe i can install lcms2 in terminal; lol, whew... this worked: sudo apt-get install liblcms2-dev
ok, ./configure again ; it seems to have several problems, yesses when there should be no's and vice-versa, but it trundles on, till
nope... ok, going bonkers, installing everything gtk, or mostly everything... wth (i typed gtk in the search box and selected everything that starts with gtk, it went fairly nuts)
ok, im gonna go make some tea while this thing runs, lol (./configure again)
wow, still no gtk+ support ... im going to try to install everything in the stupid list... probably break the system, lol
maybe not, taking a long time just to mark everything... ok, mabye ubuntu has a simple install for icedtea
yeah, synaptic craashed, i am going to have to try something else, i guess
what do you think? is there a way to install icedtea (latest) without all this mess?