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LLVM's Clang Is Finally The FreeBSD x86 Compiler

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Published on 07 November 2012 11:28 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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After talking about FreeBSD's transition to Clang as the default C/C++ compiler rather than GCC, the move has finally happened where for x86/x86_64 systems the LLVM-based compiler has replaced GCC.

Using Clang for FreeBSD builds the software quicker while using less RAM while BSD developers also like LLVM/Clang since it's under a BSD-like license rather than the GPLv3 with GCC.

The next FreeBSD release where it will feature LLVM/Clang rather than GCC as the default compiler is with FreeBSD 10. The final heads up about the compiler change was made on the mailing list this week.

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