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my name is Anthony and I'm new to Ubuntu and any other Linux OS for that matter.

My question concerns downloading a program, and then installing it. The program is called Remotedroid, it lets you use your phone as a wireless keyboard and mouse. I'm use to windows automatically starting setup upon download and cant figure out how to initiate the install in Ubuntu.

The programs website says its compatible with Linux OS and the readme file says to just click the extension remotedroidserver.jar to use, but it wont work and none of the files do anything. I've unzipped all the files and my Java is all up to date as far as i know, I think. I'm just not getting how to run a setup in Ubuntu.

I looked around this site for the answer but came up with nothing so if someone could maybe offer some insight I would be grateful. Thank you.

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up vote 14 down vote accepted
  1. Make sure you have either openjdk-6-jreInstall openjdk-6-jre (recommended) or if that doesn't work,
    sun-java6-binInstall sun-java6-bin installed.
  2. Once that is installed, right-click on RemoteDroidServer.jar and select Properties. In the Permissions tab, check Allow executing file as a program.

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  3. In the Open With tab, select OpenJDK Java 6 Runtime. If that doesn't run your program,
    try Sun Java 6 Runtime.

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  4. Now double clicking on RemoteDroidServer.jar should work as expected.

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Unless it really doesn't work with OpenJDK, I wouldn't suggest to use Sun Java, as it has integration issues with things like PulseAudio. – JanC Dec 13 '10 at 13:58
@JanC Thanks for the suggestion, I have edited my answer. – Alvin Row Dec 13 '10 at 18:01
Thanks you very much for the advice. it opened perfectly. – user7274 Dec 15 '10 at 6:42

if you want it to run on CLI, assuming you have java installed, you can run it like this

java -jar /location/of/your/jar/file/file.jar &

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