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13.3. Handling Java Applets

This release of Fedora Core includes a preview release of gcjwebplugin, a Firefox plugin for Java applets. gcjwebplugin is not enabled by default. Although the security implementation in GNU Classpath is being actively developed, it is not mature enough to run untrusted applets safely. That said, the AWT and Swing implementations in GNU Classpath are now sufficiently mature that they can run many applets deployed on the web. Adventurous users who want to try gcjwebplugin can read /usr/share/doc/libgcj-4.1.1/README.libgcjwebplugin.so, as installed by the gcc rpm. The README explains how to enable the plugin and the risks associated with doing so.