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GCC and LLVM - What's in a licence?

Dec 18, 2010, 11:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"GCC, the ultimate portable compiler, otherwise known as the GNU Compiler Collection, has been around since 1987. LLVM, first came onto the scene seven years ago in the form of a paper entitled "Architecture for a Next-Generation GCC", which was presented to the 2003 Annual GCC Developers Summit by Chris Lattner and Vikram Adve.

"LLVM was conceived as a modular version of GCC, and has had some success as a more malleable alternative to GCC.

"GCC is part of the GNU project, and was originally developed by Richard Stallman (with help from Len Tower and others) as a C Compiler and building block for the GNU operating system. The first versions of GCC only supported the C language on a limited number of architectures, but over the years GCC and its spin-offs evolved into a generic compiler for a broad kaleidoscope of programming languages and platforms."

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