Not to say WS isn't a bag of shite but..
You can't? I can.
What about the ability of webstart to desktop shortcuts?
Um, you cut off the second half of the sentence. I know it was a *looong* sentence, but the full sentence was necessary to make the point
When I realise I want to re-run a program, that I saw on a site "somewhere, can't remember where" and I know I ran it via webstart, because I did NOT download it, I can't just go to my "downloads" folder and re-run it, nor is it installed on my start menu so I can't find it there, and it's certainly not a shortcut because, like many windows users, I don't use/have any shortcuts - they're a waste of time, thousands of the buggers most of which I don't want but are created automatically, and anyway they *only* appear on that "desktop" thing which I never see (because I have circa 50 windows in front of it). I *do* use quicklaunch, but only for things I use, well, ... often. And webstart won't stick things on the quicklaunch bar anyway, so that's no use anyway.
However, I *know*, as a java developer, that there is a special program that I could run that will show me all the programs I downloaded via webstart, will let me auto-update them, will let me launch them directly from the cache etc. It's just ... Sun doesn't add it to your start menu nor the control panel nor - AFAICT - anywhere else ... so it's pretty much useless for the majority of users