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OSNews: Interview with Mark Mitchel, GCC's Release Engineer

May 07, 2002, 23:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

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"Mark Mitchel is one of the people behind CodeSourcery, but he is mostly known for his major contributions on GCC , the Gnu compiler. These days, Mark is the release manager of GCC and he is working hard trying to get GCC 3.1 out of the door. GCC 3.1 is going to be the first truly stable version of the 3.x source branch and many developers are already looking forward for it. Mark talked to OSNews about the new GCC, the future and the competition.

"1. Are there any plans about making gcc3 emit C++ code that's binary-compatible with gcc2.x's ABI? (this is most useful for BeOS, which is "stuck" with Gnu PRO 2.9x as any effort to use GCC 3.x breaks binary compatibility mostly because BeOS is C++ only, or for Qt/wxWindows C++ application under Unix)

"Mark Mitchel: No, there are not. The previous ABI was inferior, from a technical standpoint. In addition, the G++ development team decided that the costs of maintaining two separate ABIs outweighed the benefits from providing that compatibility. Instead, we are focused on minimizing sure that no changes occur in the current ABI so that binary compatibility will be preserved between releases of G++..."

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