Friday, April 4, 2014

Running Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate!) on SUSE SLE11 and openSUSE 13.1

So if your struggling to get the full functionality out of Blackboard Collaborate. Usually your unable to get the Application Sharing to work properly, but there might be other reasons. Here are a few scripts that I have created that will allow Blackboard to run properly either with Oracle Sun Java 1.7 or with openJDK Java.

For openJDK Java 64bit:

1) Download this script
2) Copy the script prepare-openjdk-blackboard.sh to your system anywhere you prefer locally
3) Login as root
4) execute from your locally preferred location.
     # ./prepare-openjdk-blackboard.sh
5) Open Firefox and launch Blackboard Collaborate from the Guest or Chair Link and Select the webstart that shows up automatically. Enjoy Blackboard Collaborate on openJDK 64bit Java.

For Oracle SUN Java 64bit (Supported):

1) Download this script
2) Copy the script prepare-oracle-java-blackboard.sh to your system anywhere you prefer locally
3) Login as root
4) execute from your locally preferred location.
     # ./prepare-oracle-java-blackboard.sh
5) Open Firefox, and select Preferences. Applications. In the search box, type 'jnlp' In the drop down under Action, choose 'Use Other', and browse to /opt/java/64/jre1.7.0_51/bin/javaws
6) Launch Blackboard Collaborate from the Guest or Chair Link. Enjoy Blackboard Collaborate on 64bit Oracle SUN Java.

Enjoy!
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