Linked by DaniŽl Mantione on Mon 16th May 2005 18:38 UTC
General Development After five years of development, Free Pascal 2.0 is ready. With the new compiler, its authors believe they are ready to become a larger open source development platform. In the MS-DOS world, Pascal was one of the major programming languages and is by means of Borland Delphi an important programming language in the Windows world. In the open source world, Free Pascal is the leading Pascal compiler and while open source is a bit biased using the C language, the Pascal language has a lot to offer to open source programmers.
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by Myrd on Mon 16th May 2005 19:09 UTC

Is "Free Pascal" a different entity than GPC (GNU project Pascal Compiler). If so, what are the advantages or disadvantages of using one vs the other.

The biggest reason that I see for these, in my opinion anyways, is for supporting legacy code. If there's already a lot of Pascal code around to do a specific task, why waste time rewriting it when it can be compiled still and used on modern operating systems?