openSUSE 11.4 Chrome / Chromium and Java

I have openSUSE 11.4 installed with both Google Chrome and Chromium. In Chromium Java works fine. In Google Chrome I get a missing plugin message when attempting to access a pages, which is using java.

In Chrome I have added this link: ln -s /usr/lib64/jvm/java-1.6.0-sun-1.6.0/jre/lib/amd64/ /usr/lib64/browser-plugins/ . However, it not seem to make any difference.

How do I troubleshot this problem in a structure way?

I should that I breafly had Google Chrome beta installed, but I removed it, and also removed any folders in /opt/google/chrome left behind before installing the stable version.


Firstly, is it really a problem? Do you need Chrome if chromium works fine?
Secondly, how often do you encounter the problem? Would it be worth noting the problem websites and simply switching to chromium for them?
Thirdly, if it would be worth doing something about the problem - what would you get out of it? - a fully functioning Chrome, better understanding of browsers, etc.
Fourthly, if it is worth studying for whatever reason, open Chrome in a console, select a site you know has some Java, copy the output that you get before the missing plugin message.
Fifthly, what is the name of the missing plugin?

Currently using Chromium is a workaround, which is OK on my personal computer, but on the Church Council computer I plan to install SLES and just Google Chrome in place of openSUSE and Chromium (partly because I can get a gaurantee from the store I buy the server from, that SLES will work, while the state only that openSUSE properly would work (I don’t understand why there should be this difference). Java is needed to access any secure websites in Denmark, i.e. banking, tax, government databases of companies and other things, due to security model which has been adopted here.

Thanks for the tip about debug of the problem from a console. I start debugging and most my findings if they lead to a solution.

The reason for the difference is that Google does not use the Open Build Service to package Chrome for openSUSE. For the use you intend, I don’t see why chromium will present problems - I also use it to access my bank account. The normal reason why people want Chrome rather than chromium is for the social networking extensions but you are apparently not interested in these.

As the issue involves SLES, why not post your question on the SLES forum?