[fpc-devel] Win64 FPC is in wrong download location

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Tue May 4 20:18:09 CEST 2010


On 04.05.2010 16:14, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
> On 4 May 2010 16:04, Michael Van Canneyt<michael at freepascal.org>  wrote:
>> We offer a .tar.gz for download, so what is the problem ?
>> No-one is forced to use rpm or .deb files ?
> I don't have a problem, but it sounded like Florian has (or I
> misunderstood him). From what I understood, he stated that deployment
> is easier under Windows and able to run on older Windows without
> problems. I simply stated that Linux deployment is easy too, if you
> use .tar.gz with pre-build binaries inside (including running newer
> binaries on older systems - non-gui or fpGUI based of course).

Florian wants to say that you might not be able to run a i386 binary on 
a x86_64 Linux. This is for example the case on my desktop (ArchLinux 
x64) which I haven't configured yet to be able to run i386 binaries, 
cause I didn't have the need yet. Most applications that are available 
in the package manager are available for both platforms. And for FPC I 
simply compiled a new compiler for 64 bit and was happy.

On Windows you don't have this problem, as all 64 bit variants ship with 
a "Windows On Windows 64" system that allows you to run 32 bit binaries 
on a 64 bit system without problems (Win64 would have been a dead birth 
if Microsoft hadn't done this). Thus there is no real need to ship a 64 
bit version of the compiler.


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