Complete rewrite of my comment. The distro version never installed correctly — it complained of misconfiguration, and I could never figure out where the missing files were. I tried the .deb files from Lazarus-IDE.org, but they complained about unavailable packages. I tried the FPCUPdeluxe installer, but it complained about other missing packages. Finally, I found a page talking about another issue that put me on the right track. Using aptitude instead of apt, apt-get, synaptic, or gdebi, I was able to track the software block to an installation of freetype and harfbuzz that were locking me at a newer version of the libraries. Aptitude was able to downgrade all of the offending libraries, and Lazarus now works properly. It will be interesting to see what I've broken. Also, as a note, I had to reject the first suggesting by aptitude, after which it found this one. I'm going to stick with three stars for the time being, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to make use of this, now.
The most practical and functional programming "ide" and language.
Best RAD tool, period!... Object Pascal a very mature programming language thats not corporately dominated and is a delight to use with this IDE.
Lazarus 1.4 - 2015/April/22 ... Mint is years delayed in regard to it. Get it from SOURCEFORGE after getting NEWS at http://www.lazarus-ide.org/
One of reason for migrating to linux
Awesome. Pascal is the win.