The mad lads actually did it.
The new version of Free Pascal + Lazarus (2.2.0) ditches GDB and uses their own handmade debugger by default. I classify it as Hella Fast. Starts up in less than 100ms. GDB would take 1~3 full seconds. Steps quickly with no hitching.
It works on several operating systems, including old ones on old hardware. Win/Mac/Linux/FreeBSD/Haiku.
Here is a clip of it running like a champ in a low-power Windows 7 VM.
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