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Kernel installation mode - first tests

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qu0ll
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I have just tried out the kernel installation mode for the first time and the results are somewhat mixed.

First I tried it on a Windows Server 2003 machine. The kernel actually installed very quickly and was impressive. Then I was able to run an applet without any additional classes being downloaded which was what I was hoping for. This was an excellent result result all round.

Then I tried it on a Windows XP machine. Again the kernel itself installed quite quickly but when I went to run the exact same applet that I ran so successfully on the Server 2003 machine, it popped up the "Dowloading additional components" window about 5 times and it seemed to take forever to install all required classes. This was not such a great result.

So I guess the question is why is the situation so different between two similar OSes? Remember, it's the exact same applet loaded from the exact same URL.

If I can achieve the results of the Server 2003 machine universally then I have to say that this kernel installation mode is a huge improvement. But if it's going to be more like the XP results then it's probably not much better than doing a standard install.

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rogyeu
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The behavior on 2003 and XP should be the same - you should see the dialog pops up when Download Manager tries to download the necessary bundles if they do not already exist.

The number of dialogs is different from time to time when you run your applet. It depends on whether the required bundles for the the applet are already downloaded. This could be a reason why you see different behaviors on 2003 and XP.

However, the default behavior should be when the required bundles is not downloaded, a dialog with progress bar should show Java Kernel is downloading the necessary bundles.

Regards,
Roger Y.

qu0ll
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I have no problem with the downloader popping up a message box saying that it's downloading classes; what I was pointing out was that the behaviour on two Windows machines was quite different, even though both started with no Java installed at all and then had the kernel installed only. For some reason the XP machine needed to download classes whereas the Server 2003 machine didn't even though the exact same applet was being loaded on to machines with no Java installed.

I think I'll remove Java on both machines and try again just to see if the results are reproducible. Actually, I am not overly concerned by this but I thought it was interesting to note.

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-Q
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