"I would very much like to see a solution where code included in the default Gnome desktop could be written in any language..."
Meaning, I have to have VMs for every godforsaken language always running because programs are cobbled together out of bits that individually need this one or that one, but of course never the same one. Any given program might need any mix of them, and who can keep track?
No thanks. As it is, with C and C++ libraries, programs don't need any particular runtime support environment, and everybody (even the godforsaken) can call them. You can write C# programs, and I can ignore them. You can write Java programs, and I can ignore them too. I'm never in danger of needing to install a JVM just because, say, some bloated spreadsheet-cum-word processor project suddenly discovered a corporate need ignore all the low-impact database engines in C, and call up a slow and immature Java database instead.
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