Jakub Jelinek of Red Hat announced the first release candidate of GCC 4.8.0
on Saturday morning.
GCC 4.8 is the big Free Software Foundation compiler update coming one year after GCC 4.7. Jakub hopes that GCC 4.8.0 will be in a state for releasing by the end of next week.
GCC 4.8.0 brings improved support for C11 and C++11, various other language handling improvements, code generation improvements, new optimizations, and much more.
Some of the GCC 4.8 features that immediately come to mind are a new optimization level
, some performance improvements
, initial support for Intel Broadwell
and its new instruction set extensions, various ARM improvements, AddressSanitizer and ThreadSanitizer
, some C++1y support
, and its codebase has been converted to C++
. More Phoronix articles in the coming days will share other GCC 4.8 compiler features.
The GCC 4.8 release candidate announcement can be read on the GCC mailing list