Kernel installation mode - first tests
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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