In order to debug/solve Debian bug #341818 I tried to run gcjappletviewer.jar with jamvm 1.4.2-1, classpath 2:0.20-2 and libjessie-java 1.0.1-2. Everything I tried failed. Then I updated my classpath packages to a current CVS snapshot and it worked out of the box. libjessie-java is not needed anymore as Jessie is merged into GNU classpath in upstream. This means we can access HTTPS urls with free runtimes for Java in the near future. This will also help gcjwebplugin to access applets on HTTPS sites.