OSNews: Interview with Mark Mitchel, GCC's Release Engineer
May 07, 2002, 23:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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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
"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++..."