Comparing SSL VPN Java client on Mac and Linux

One of our best purchases this year is the Sonicwall SSL-VPN 200, a $500, web-based VPN solution that allows up to ten concurrent users to get on the LAN from any location using a web browser and an Active Directory login. The software provides two choices for the browser plug-in used to present the terminal window: ActiveX or Java. Having eliminated Microsoft Windows from our home, we use the Java client exclusively. I have noticed that the Java client is so much faster on Linux than Mac OS. It practically feels like I’m on the LAN. I find the same difference with the Java applet that Menalto Gallery uses for bulk uploads. Do you know why Java applets run so slowly on a Mac? Can anything be done about this?

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