[fpc-pascal]Free Pascal - general commet / suggestions

Marco van de Voort marcov at stack.nl
Fri Jan 16 23:03:11 CET 2004

> > FPC developement is done by it's community and everybody is free to do 
> > what he wants as long as it's "compatible" with the other work done on 
> > FPC. So even if somebody wants to do a C64 cross compiler we won't 
> > stop him ;)
> >
> I get it. I just thought given limited resources (time being one of the 
> precious one) an individual working on the compiler could do a better 
> job if they focused on one or two popular platforms and make FPC really 
> shine.

In that case, it would be more logical to drop the most used platforms, and
focus on platforms where one wouldn't have to compete for users with
commercial vendors.

So since Delphi supports Windows and Linux, it would make the most sense to
pick up the platforms that are behind that one in popularity: Solaris, *BSD
and Mac OS X.

> on those platforms would be great.  Unfortunately you don't get the
> libraries tested unless there is a sizable number of users of the
> library.Chicken and egg problem sort of.

The only reason that FPC can really expand and put more effort into the
package department (libraries + headers) is when more users become active,
and maintain packages long term.

Otherwise most packages will only be expanded/created if an interested
developer actually needs them. (and after that e.g. linger for a while)

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