Yesterday I come across my old 32-bit Celeron laptop with 2Gb memory and broken battery and decided to install Linux on it. First I tried Centos 7.5, then Ubuntu 16.04, and finally settled down on Mint 18.3 Cinnamon which I liked most. After playing a little with the OS I decided to install the brand new Lazarus 1.8. I spent a couple of hours searching for a clear installation guide in Internet; I scanned tons of outdated nonsense before I finally found what I was looking for.
My Linux Mint installation was fresh, and I need not purge it from previous fpc/lazarus installations. So I started from downloading three 32-bit .deb packages from sourceforge.
After downloading my Downloads folder looked so:
The next recommended step is to check hashes of the files. I launched Terminal and changed to Downloads directory:
Now time to install the packages. As recommended in the linked guide, I typed in Terminal
sudo apt install ./fpc_3.0.4-1_i386.deb
sudo apt install ./fpc-src_3.0.4-1_i386.deb
sudo apt install ./lazarus-project_188.8.131.52_i386.deb
sudo apt-mark hold fpc fpc-src lazarus lazarus-project
And that is all! After opening the Cinnamon menu I’ve found this: