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Developments in the GCC world

Apr 03, 2009, 17:33 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jake Edge)

"A number of issues were raised with the changes to the runtime library exemption that have caused the release, and a branch that will allow new development into the GCC tree, to be delayed until that is resolved. In the meantime, however, GCC development is hardly standing still, there are numerous interesting ideas floating around for new features.

"Changing the runtime library exemption was meant to allow the creation of a plugin API for GCC, so that developers could add additional analysis or processing of a program as it is being transformed by the compiler. The Free Software Foundation has long been leery of allowing such a plugin mechanism because they feared that binary-only GCC plugins of various sorts might be the result. In January, though, the FSF announced that it would change the exemption--which allows proprietary programs to link to the GCC runtime library--in order to exclude code that has been processed by a non-GPL "compilation process". It is a bit of license trickery that will only allow plugins that are GPL-licensed."

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