/>
X
Innovation

Are compiler alternatives valuable?

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.
Written by Dana Blankenhorn, Inactive on
GCC logo
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.

Let us know what you think in TalkBack.

Editorial standards

Related

The 16 best Cyber Monday deals under $30 still available
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

The 16 best Cyber Monday deals under $30 still available

Watch out for this triple-pronged PayPal phishing and fraud scam
phishing.jpg

Watch out for this triple-pronged PayPal phishing and fraud scam

We will see a completely new type of computer, says AI pioneer Geoff Hinton
artificial-intelligence

We will see a completely new type of computer, says AI pioneer Geoff Hinton