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GCC and LLVM - What's in a licence?

Dec 18, 2010, 11:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

"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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