What nobody is going to tell how to run Free Pascal?
1) Open up a command line terminal. You will see a command line prompt like:
2) Type the command for the Free Pascal compiler:
You will see a message like so:
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Free Pascal Compiler version 3.0.0+dfsg-2 [2016/01/28] for x86_64
Copyright (c) 1993-2015 by Florian Klaempfl and others
Followed by a ton of useful help.
3) Now that you know it is installed and runs correctly will want to compile your program:
You may well need to add some options to that command depending on what you want to do. See the help messages.
fpc is a command line program so you won't see it show up as an icon or menu item in a GUI.
If you have the Lazarus IDE installed I presume that is in a menu or icon some place. Sorry I have no idea. I never use Lazarus.
If we forget pascal for a moment and think of a random program, as you suggest, then the same applies. If it is a command line program and is installed the normal way you will need to open a terminal and type the command name. It will not show up any GUI.