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By jsugrue
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Published: Jan 19 2010 / 10:11

Java Web Start (JWS) has always had great potential. With this deployment platform I can reach users such as mom-and-pops who would otherwise have to call their son (me) when they need to download and install something from the internet. Mom-and-pops are not that interested in computers but they know how to write an email and click a link on a webpage. To start a JWS application all they have to do is click a link on a webpage. While the application is being launched it is also cached locally. It can be started offline and updates are detected and installed automatically. The installation does not require much interaction or even awareness that something is being installed unless:
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netsql replied ago:

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I think after Sun, maybe Oracle fixes it. A good "webstart" is Unity.

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