Installing 32-bit Sun JDK 1.5 on 64-bit Fedora Core 6 Linux

Why would anyone want to install a 32-bit JDK on 64-bit Linux? The answer is easy to find if you Google it. Essentially, the 64-bit JDK version for Linux doesn’t support applets and Java Web Start.

Also, Documentum requires the 32-bit version on 64-bit Linux, probably for same reasons in part. When talking about the JDK version 1.5 all the pointers I got were towards using JPackage in the resolution.

While there were a few pages that outlined the steps, this one appeared to be the cleanest and the one that actually worked for me.

Here are the basics – install the 32-bit JDK and then use JPackage magic to create some links that are used with alternatives. This even lets you have multiple JDK’s and choose one of them as default.

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