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The Java Control Panel for apps and applets needs to be updated so it works

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Joined: 2008-03-14

The Java Control Panel has a bunch of check boxes look like they would control which JRE's are enabled.

I have about 4 different JRE's that I use for various reasons. I use 1.5 for Eclipse. I use 1.4 for JBuilder. I use 1.6 to run applets in my browser.

I have and then I have on top of that the 1.6.10uxxx for testing to see if any of the bugs have been fixed yet.

If I un-check the check the check box for any of those JRE's, they are still enabled.

For example: If I un-check the 1.6.10uxxx checkbox and run an applet in my browser -- after restarting my browser -- I still get 1.6.10uxxx as the JRE that's run by the browser.

So my question is: why do you even have the checkboxes???

Secondly -- I have my JVM params set to:

-Xms384m -Xmx512m -Dsun.java2d.noddraw=true

Yet this is the memory usage:

Java Plug-in 1.6.0_10-rc2
Using JRE version 1.6.0_10-rc2 Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM
User home directory = C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator

AniS -- Revision: 2.3 Date: 2002/12/11 22:26:39
Memory: 15,228K Free: 4,659K (30%) ... completed.

So I don't get it. There seems to be a complete disconnect between the Java Control Panel and applets. What's the deal.

Does anybody listen? Does anybody care?

I get a lot of grief from others at SUN when I ask for lower level access to the foundation API's. I'm told that I'm not a good enough programmer. That I'd just muck things up.

Maybe the same should apply to SUN engineers.....