I'll make this simple.

I run small Minecraft servers on my Raspberry Pi 3B+, and it suffices for very small stuff, but I wanted more power. I grabbed an old Windows laptop that was picking up dust, wiped it, and installed Debian Linux. I copied over the Spigot server folder from my RPi into my laptop, and installed "identical" Java versions.

My Debian laptop showing its Java version

My raspberrypi showing its Java version

Running the server on the Pi has always worked flawlessly; however, when I transferred the files to my Debian, and ran them with Java, something strange happened. The server does claim to start, but when I ping the server in any way (By clicking the Refresh button on the servers page), the console SHOWERS ME in exceptions. They are all the exact same exception, but it spams it for a solid 2 or 3 minutes until I do Ctrl+C to make it stop.

The server going nuts

I believe it's also worth mentioning that the server logs this to the console when ran on the laptop

INFO: Your platform does not provide complete low-level API for accessing direct buffers reliably. Unless explicitly requested, heap buffer will always be preferred to avoid potential system unstability.

I believed it may be an issue with Spigot, but it is not. I manually downloaded the vanilla 1.8.9 server.jar, and ran that alone, to no changes in results.

What could be going on here?

(The laptop in question is a Toshiba Satellite P875-S7200 running Debian 4.19.132-1 [2020-07-24] )

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    Regarding your answer: Please don't ask additional questions in those. Quick summary: a library that is used in this nearly 6 years old version of Minecraft is using features that have been redone/removed in later versions of Java (9+) for various reasons. You can either use an older version of Java (8 is recommended) or use a newer version of Minecraft, which does support even the latest versions of Java (currently tested with Java 15 Early Testing)
    – GiantTree
    Aug 12, 2020 at 9:23

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I am not sure why it worked, or how. But I downloaded the jdk-8 tar.gz source, unzipped it, put it on my Debian, and ran the server from there. I was under the impression that Java 11 was backwards compatible. Can someone explain why I'm wrong?

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    So to be clear: Did these steps solve your problem?
    – Wipqozn
    Aug 11, 2020 at 22:48
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    Indeed, they did
    – HydroPage
    Aug 12, 2020 at 23:40
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    1.8 does not work with Java 11. This is correct. You can also do sudo apt install openjdk-8-jre-headless and sudo update-alternatives --config java, and finally choose Java 8. Aug 5, 2021 at 10:04

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