[fpc-pascal] Installing FPC 2.4.4 for Ubuntu / Mint + other thoughts

Juha Manninen juha.manninen62 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 19:12:07 CEST 2011

I found the packages for Debian / Ubuntu / Mint :

How to install it?
Am I really supposed to download those ~40 packages separately and then
install them in some specific order?
Other people have brougt this up, too, and I understand why. I just want to
have a working compiler for Lazarus SVN versions but it is difficult.

I had to change my machine configuration, USB web-stick doesn't work on my
Linux, I have a new Windows 7, Mint Linux on VirtualBox etc.
It makes me angry that I can't install FPC and Lazarus easily.
I know how the casual visitors feel when they can't install easily. For 90%
of them it is a turn-off and they go to test something else.
That is why I wrote earlier that an easy installation would be a
"killer-feature" for both FPC and Lazarus. There would be 10 times more
people trying it (100% instead of 10%).

How to improve it?
For windows, I have explained some errors in the installation instructions.
The source link leads to a wrong place.
Also, the sources are not included in the default package even they are
needed practically always. I wrote earlier about it.
Also, if someone wants a compiler fo 64-bit Windows, he certainly selects
the wrong cross-compiler because it is mentioned only in the very end. I did
the same mistake again just few days ago.

On Linux, even a major distro like Ubuntu has so old versions of FPC and
Lazarus. Why? I guess the releases should be advertized more to some
maintainers. How does it work in practice? Who advertizes to who?

Next I will try Suse and Sabayon under VirtualBox, I hope they work. At
least they have easy-to-install, recent FPC packages. I really don't know
why Ubuntu is so popular...

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