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 Post subject: Re: Official Linux distribution for PureBasic
PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:56 pm 
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There is a How To about creating your own deb packages: https://wiki.debian.org/HowToPackageForDebian
But I do not know how the licencing procedure of Purebasic works exactly or if every user retrieves exactly the same zip file in his/her user account. Also you may do not want to install purebasic over an existing installation and also not as root. In this case a deb package is not practicable. Many users prefer installing multiple versions of Purebasic at the same time, so one can switch between different compiler versions easily.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:26 pm 
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With a bit effort Fred could set up an apt repo with authentification:

https://manpages.debian.org/testing/apt ... .5.en.html

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:01 pm 
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Fred wrote:
Thank you all for your feedback. I think we will procede as following:

- Build PB Linux x64 on 2 lastest Ubuntu LTS release. This will become the official supported OS for x64 PB.
- Build PB Linux x86 on lastest debian 32-bit (if it works).

That's a very good idea. Two LTS releases of one of the most popular and easy to install 64-bit distributions with good community support forums for the standard user and a current 32-bit Debian distribution which doesn't require much knowledge to install instead of the much more knowledge requiring Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 32-bit using NetBoot.

A further alternative for a fully supported 32-bit distribution would be Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia (Download) which is a LTS version (Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce) with 32-bit and 64-bit supported until April 2023. And it would be ideal also for beginners (like Ubuntu). To support only a single distribution, Linux Mint would be ideal because it offers the 32-bit LTS version 19 and 64-bit LTS versions 19 and 20. You only would have to decide on a desktop environment (Cinnamon, Mate or Xfce). Or you could go for the Debian version of Linux Mint...

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I'm sensible to the fact than old computers could get a new life using a modern linux system like debian and if PB could run on it it would be cool.

Just my thoughts!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:26 pm 
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With me, Mate was always more flawless than Cinnamon.
Maybe that has changed in the meantime.
That is why I have long since decided to go with Mint.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:39 am 
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Joubarbe wrote:
x64 for latest Ubuntu.
x64 for latest Debian.
Period. This is 2020. If you need an old version of PB, then use an old version of PB. Or refactor.

What’s the point of having LTS versions if the latest version are not even up to latest standards? If you want support for older technologies, stay with the versions that were made in the time when support of these technologies were provided.


Using old versions is great. As long as you don't run into a bug. And there is no way out of this situation. There is no return mechanism to fix the bug.
So this topic is not about old and new versions, but about compromise. It is about the fact that there will be officially marked those versions of distributions for which there is hope to fix the bug.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:34 am 
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Fred wrote:
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Future plan (suggestion):

-Use only LTS version of Ubuntu, and build PureBasic on the 2 last LTS. It would be 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS. As there is no 32-bit version, we will drop it (seems lilke a global move in linux distro). If we want to have a 32-bit version, we will need to choose another distribution (debian ?). I would avoid to build for 16.04 LTS as it's too old, and doesn't have required package for QT 5.
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Please specify what the future is about.
5.73 is this the future?
Or is it about 6.0?

Edit: 2020.11.24
And so, version 5.73 is released as well as the previous ones without mentioning in readme, install, checkinstall subsystems qt and updates to the latest Linux distributions.
Hence the question, the future mentioned in this forum branch, when can it come?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:01 pm 
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With a focus on Ubuntu you certainly wouldn't go wrong. Ubuntu and its derivatives should cover the largest area of Linux users. The ultimate solution, however, would be to distribute Purebasic as an AppImage, which would eliminate the problems on almost all distributions.


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