But in reality Java works pretty fine across all supported platforms.
Yep. They have had 20 years or so to get their act together, after all.
The fun observation when Java was new was that Java basically claimed to do, as a big innovation, what many other languages (including Tcl, Perl, and Python) were already doing as a matter of course – while Java failed abysmally. The »everywhere« in »run everywhere« essentially meant »Windows and Solaris«, and that was only if you knew what you were doing.
Java got to where it ended up because Sun spent millions in the 1990s marketing it to suits; based purely on its technical merits it would have sunk like a lead balloon.
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