NetBSD Is Soon Importing LLVM's Clang Compiler
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 19 October 2013 at 08:03 AM EDT. 3 Comments
Following in the ways of FreeBSD, the NetBSD operating system is soon going to be importing LLVM and the Clang C/C++ compiler for use on their platform.

NetBSD has long been wanting to move to LLVM/Clang and it appears they're finally close. Among the reasons that the BSD distributions have been quick to promote Clang to being a first-rate compiler include the more liberal BSD-like license over GCC being GPLv3, Clang has faster build times than GCC while using less memory, Clang has great error reporting and diagnostic abilities, and there's a whole host of interesting features from LLDB to other unique projects based upon LLVM. The LLVM Clang compiler performance is also close to that of GCC on x86/x86_64 and ARM except for select situations.

Confirmation of NetBSD soon importing LLVM/Clang came via the LLVM development list with Joerg Sonnenberger of NetBSD suggesting upstream changes for better handling the back-porting of patches in stable release branches.

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