Disturbed by the lack of security updates to sun java in the Ubuntu repos. I went looking for a tutorial on how to manual install it. I found jmtdstoc a fine blog for any ubuntu user to read.
Alas, the blog has no commenting so I can’t share my experience with the blogger. (maybe I’ll try email)
I needed to add a sim link to my ~/.mozilla/plugins directory (the ~ stands for my home directory) in order to get firefox 3.0-b4 to except the update.
sudo ln -s /opt/jre1.6/plugin/i386/ns7/libjavaplugin_oji.so ~/.mozilla/plugins
other than that everything went smooth as ice. Thanks jmtdstoc