"I've found myself writing a lot of C code this year. I've come
to appreciate the power of a good compiler, especially when trying
to walk other people through compiling my supposedly cross-platform
code on Windows with MSVC.
"GCC may not always produce the fastest code or compile with the
greatest speed, but it's reliable, and once I have code compiling
with GCC on Linux, I have confidence that it will compile for just
about any other free Unix with GCC..."