Minecraft! On Ubuntu! It actually runs great, once you actually get it to run, but there were two little things mere mortals can’t be reasonably expected to debug.
Can’t connect to minecraft.net
My Internet connection worked, minecraft.net was up, friends were able to connect just fine, but I couldn’t. Running it from the terminal via
java -jar minecraft.jar showed the error message
java.security.InvalidAlgorithmParameterException: the trustAnchors parameter must be non-empty.
Basically, Minecraft uses SSL to protect your login, but Java didn’t have the certificates needed to verify. The Minecraft launcher really should give a better error message, but this was really Ubuntu’s fault. You need the ca-certificates-java package installed, but on my Ubuntu install, it was broken. Try doing
ls /etc/ssl/certs/java/cacerts. If it comes up missing, then you need copy it from a friend or a different Unix machine. You don’t want to copy security files from strangers…
Looking in the terminal showed the error
java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: ...: libjawt.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory. There’s no good reason why an OpenJDK install can’t find its own damn libraries, but you can manually set your LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable to contain it.
locate libjawt.so. You’ll want to set your LD_LIBRARY_PATH to include one of the directories it gives you (just the directory, not included the file). Depending on whether you have OpenJDK 6 or 7, you’ll do something like:
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/lib/i386/ java -jar minecraft.jar
Again, check the results of locate versus your OpenJDK version (if you’re not sure, run