Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Solaris Web Console on Windows... Ouch.

I've been spending quite a bit of time lately running the Sun Directory Service Control Center (DSCC) via the Solaris Web Console (port 6789). When I first started the project I was running Firefox on a Sun workstation. Everything was snappy, the engineer was happy.

Somehow along the way I started using my Windows box to access the console. Still running Firefox I discovered an unbelievable slowness. It takes about three clock minutes to process the initial log in. Once I'm in DSCC everything runs acceptably, but that first login is murder.

One of my co-workers stopped my cube today and suggested I try Internet Explorer. Perish the thought! How could that bloated pig possibly out-perform my Firefox browser? OK, I tried it. He was right.

Internet Explorer provides almost instantaneous response to Webconsole logins while Firefox churns its butter for three minutes. This isn't some dot-net application that's clearly Microsoft slanted. It's a Sun web application. Open stuff that would never have a Microsoft bias. I'm not running dead hardware either; This is on a sweet core-duo 1.83 GHz with 1 GB RAM. Handling an initial log in to Webconsole ought to be cake for this hardware.

My observations are based on stock out of the box configurations, so I'm sure there's some Firefox flag to tweak which will optimize it. It just seems mind boggling that a Sun Microsystems web application would perform exponentially better on Internet Explorer and unacceptably slow on Firefox.

Me? I'm going back to running the browser on my UNIX box. It's way too frustrating trying to be a UNIX Engineer via the Windows platform.

1 comment:

Thomas Stromberg said...

It's not the first time it's happened with Sun's web interfaces. I am curious how it behaves with Google Chrome with a recent JDK.