Nevertheless there are still serious drawbacks, one of them is an unnerving instability in the IDE: every now and then, say 1-4 times a day, it does crash for no apparent reason. In rare cases there is a message (something like "file missing", or "file not open" - cannot remember which one, and a filename is never given), sometimes there are SIGSEVs, sometimes I get just program hangs and I must terminate using the operating system.
Using FPC 1.6.2 on Windows 10/7/XP
Lazarus itself is very stable.
In the meanwhile I have reset my VM to a Snapshot I stored away right after I installed Lazarus, and till now I expected no crash any more.
Could it be a VMWare issue?
After regularly experiencing a crashing IDE (with some message that some controls are in kind of loop state