BlitzMax for Linux allows you to build native 32-bit or 64-bit applications for the Linux platform.
What's in the box?
BlitzMax for Linux ships with a standard set of applications and utilities for programming with and compiling your BlitzMax programs.
In addition, you will probably need to install some Linux developer tools and packages.
BlitzMax for Linux doesn't require installing in any particular location. Simply unzip the release into a folder on your Linux system, and the MaxIDE editor should be ready to use.
Since BlitzMax is essentially self-contained, it's possible to have multiple copies of BlitzMax installed in different locations on your computer. This is particularly useful when trying out new releases, or simply for working on your own modules.
Configuring your Linux Dependencies
Every Linux distribution is not quite the same. Often they have different package managers and more often than not, a different set of default packages.
Depending on your version of Linux and how many additional packages you may or may not have already installed, you will probably need to configure your Linux with some additional packages in order to compile your BlitzMax apps.
The following is a list of Linux distributions we've tested against, and the packages that were required to be installed. We've split requirements into two parts - the base set of packages you will need in order to build BlitzMax graphics and MaxGUI apps, and those packages required for the SDL backend.
The samples are configured to build against the SDL backend by default.
|SDL||No further action required.|
openSUSE ( Tumbleweed )
64 or 32-bit
It is assumed that you will be targeting the same architecture as the version of Linux you are building upon. So for example, if you are using 64-bit Linux, you are likely to be building 64-bit applications.
While it is possible to build 32-bit applications on 64-bit Linux, we do not encourage it as you may often find there are various dependency issues when trying to get the development environments configured.
Your mileage may vary.