Ok, I've been pondering over this for about two months now, and I may have a sollution.
You make an applet, compile it and run it (locally) in a browser. All you see is "applet not initialized" and nothing else. However, when you run an already compiles applet (the class itself) the applet runs. Compile the same source and the applet does not run...
You are compiling with a Java that produces a class the runtimer cannot handle.
in the console, observe the versions.
Upgrade the java runtime:
* download the new(er) jre (@ the time of writing may first 2009, the upgrade 13 is the newest)
* make a folder to allow the bin to unpack
* copy the bin to that folder and enter the folder
* su -
* chmod a+x [file.bin]
* execute the bin, enter ./[file.bin]
* now locate the new folder, hint: look in /usr/java/jre-and-then-some
* find the libjavaplugin, verify it has been written there
* now, enter the home folder you use on a day-to-day base, enter mozilla's folder (it's hidden)
* enter the "plugins" folder
* make a symlink "ln -s [/path/to/the/new*libjava]
There you are, it solved my headaches (the ones I had) and now, I'm ready for new ones
Many thanks to the people that stopped by in my threads and at least showed some sympathy in making a suggestion or two, and also the folks in the chat boxes.
I use Fedora 10, the JRE may
not be up to date...that seems to have been the whole problem all along...