Right from the first release it had more bugs than a Microsoft operating system and it was slow as hell. All Java fanboys I've met keep talking about how easy it is and how much functionality comes already build into the language. But when the stuff breaks they still say "oh yeah, it's a bug in java that will be fixed on the next release".
I used to hate C++ just as much, back when I was a C# fanboy. And I also hated C# when I was a BASIC fanboy. But still, IMHO, Java Sucks HARD and I'll never join the Java Fanboism.