GNU Toolchain Update: September 2008

“So here is the report for September 2008, suitably sanitized to
remove any internal-only details:

“Whilst there has been very little change in the binutils this
month, there has been a lot going on in gcc-land…

“Firstly a new register allocator has been added, with the
promise that this will bring a performance boost to all of the
ports. (Register allocation is one of the hardest tasks for any
compiler, and GCC has had several different allocators during its


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