Are compiler alternatives valuable?

Summary:Yesterday ZDNet had a report that GCC, the compiler which turns most open source code into machine code, will soon update to Version 4.0.

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Yesterday ZDNet had a report that GCC, the compiler which turns most open source code into machine code, will soon update to Version 4.0. Codesourcery is managing the roll-out.

What this means is that much of the software written under open source is going to start running faster and better.

Well, nearly everything. Some previous upgrades have sacrificed backward compatibility.

GCC stands for GNU Compiler Collection so it falls under the GPL. Got any problems with that? If you do know that there are alternatives,Intel and PathScalecompilers chief among them. GCC is the market leader by-far, but its not alone out there.

I think this is a key part of the story, and a key value of a developer moving to open source. I think choices in compiling code for use are important. The question today is whether this is important to you.

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Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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