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    Java on Linux Mint?

    Hi, I'm running Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 32 bit on a Dell Latitude D630 and it runs well. I use the latest Firefox browser and just recently I noticed that there is a Plugin in Firefox called "IcedTea-Web Plugin 1.5. The description says that "The IcedTea-Web plugin executes java applets". I thought that java was a thing of the past and not necessary anymore. This plugin is set to ""Ask to Activate" but I've never had it ask.

    I'm wondering if I really need this, and where it came from. I don't see a way to remove it, only to set it to "Never Activate". It doesn't cause any problems, I'm just wondering if I need it. Anyone have any info. about this?

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    Your post is a little confusing. You've never activated the plugin yet ask whether you need it. Obviously not... otherwise you would have had to activate it.

    You ask where it came from... it's part of the default install of Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon.

    As for getting rid of it, instead of looking at about:addons in the Firefox address bar, change about to plugins. This will show you the filepath where the plugin is stored (it's /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/lib/i386/ on my Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon system).

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    If you rename it or delete it then it will no longer appear in the list of plugins. However, note that it's owned by root (right-click on it and check Properties then the Permissions tab) so any file operation will need to be carried out using root privileges. Personally, I would just leave it alone as getting rid of it, IMO, is more trouble than it's worth.

    Hope this helps...

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    Java is probably included in Mint because LibreOffice Base and probably Calc still need it for some operations, in spite of the LO developers' goal to phase it out.
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    Thank you both for your very helpful replies. I had just installed the latest Adobe Flashplayer update, and while checking to make sure it installed okay I checked out some of the other plugins. I hadn't noticed the IcedTea-Web plugin before but it probably was there. The java description is only seen when you click on more information. I'll leave it alone as it's not causing any problems and apparently poses no danger...?

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