Use WebEx with Linux

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WebEx allows you to control a computer's desktop over the network, even using proxies through firewalls. There is a possibility to use a free trial:

Set it up

The first start of WebEx fails but I find a folder .webex in my home folder and it shows which dependencies are not met:

tweedleburg:~/.webex/1224 # ldd *.so | grep "not found" => not found => not found => not found => not found

Ok, so I install all missing packages, in this example for SUSE:

yast -i libgtk-2_0-0-32bit libpangox-1_0-0-32bit libXmu-devel-32bit libpng12-0-32bit libXv-devel-32bit

With the exception of jawt that I cannot find:

tweedleburg:~/.webex/1224 # ldd *.so | grep "not found" => not found => not found

and it works :)

old stuff

SLES 11 x64

I could use WebEx under SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 x64 on 2010-12-14 with Firefox 3.6.12 and Java 1.6.0. Later on, after I applied the latest updates, I had to downgrade java to sr8. Here is all I did:

yast -i java-1_6_0-ibm
  • downgrade java to sr8 as to be seen in the screenshot below:


  • install the java plugin
  • for every user (in this case root)
    • make sure the Mozilla plugin directory exists:
    • mkdir -p /root/.mozilla/plugins
    • link the plugin from java to mozilla:
    • ln -s /usr/lib64/jvm/java-1_6_0-ibm-1.6.0/jre/lib/amd64/ /root/.mozilla/plugins/
  • restart your firefox twice
  • test if it works by surfing to about:plugins

SUSE Linux 11.4

You will have to uninstall icedtea-web and install Sun's Java plugin.


ln -s /opt/j2sdk1.4.2_04/jre/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/


  • find out what your jre directory is. In its lib/amd64 path you will find
  • find out what your mozilla plugin directory is
  • Link to from the one directory to the other
  • Verify this has worked by surfing to about:plugins


keyboard does not work

Symptom: Your keyboard does not work on the remote computer.

Solution: Click on Sharing -> Input Language -> Remote computer settings


See also