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{{fbdoc item="title" value="Welcome to FreeBASIC"}}----
Welcome to our world! This page is an overview of our online warehouse of knowledge. Enjoy your surfing and we hope this will be the first of many visits.

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""FreeBASIC"" is a free 32-bit compiler for the BASIC language. It is open source and //[[GnuLicenses|licensed under the GPL]]//. It is designed to be syntax compatible with QuickBASIC, while expanding on the language and capabilities. It can create programs for MS-Windows, DOS and Linux, and is being ported to other platforms. See //[[CompilerAbout|About FreeBASIC]]// and //[[CompilerFeatures|Main Features]]//.

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""FreeBASIC"" is a beta release compiler and development is ongoing. With each full update, many features are added, and bugs from previous releases are fixed. To see the latest version available, visit [[http://www.freebasic.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=1|the News section on the forum]].

{{fbdoc item="section" value="Requirements and Installation"}}
Minimum hardware is listed on the //[[CompilerRequirements|Requirements]]// page. Visit our //[[CompilerRequirements|Installation]]// page for setting up ""FreeBASIC"" on your computer.

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""FreeBASIC"" is a compiler and as such is not packaged with an IDE (Integrated Development Editor), although there are a few IDE's available. For information on using ""FreeBASIC"" without an IDE, see //[[CompilerRunning|Running]]//.

{{fbdoc item="section" value="Compatibility with QuickBASIC"}}
""FreeBASIC"" is designed to be syntax compatible with [[QuickBASIC]]. For best code-compatibility with ""QuickBASIC"", the //[[CompilerDialects|QB dialect]]// can be used when compiling source code. See //[[CompilerDialects|FreeBASIC Dialects]]// and //[[LangQB|Differences from QB]]//.

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All official documentation can be found online in the wiki at [[http://www.freebasic.net/wiki]]. The online documentation is the most up-to-date resource available. In all cases it can be regarded as the correct version. The downloadable versions of the manual are snapshots of the documentation available at a particular time and should be mostly correct for a specific released version of the compiler. However, we do not maintain multiple versions of the documentation so there may be some discrepancies.

{{fbdoc item="section" value="Starting points in the Manual"}}
- [[DocToc|Table of Contents]]
- [[CompilerHelp|Getting Help with FreeBASIC]]
- [[CatPgProgrammer|Programmer's Guide]]

{{fbdoc item="section" value="Starting points on the Web"}}
- Official Website at [[http://www.freebasic.net|http://www.freebasic.net]]
- Official Forums at [[http://www.freebasic.net/forum|http://www.freebasic.net/forum]]

Thank you for using ""FreeBASIC"". Happy coding!

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