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LLVM Still Working On Linux Kernel Support

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Published on 03 February 2014 11:45 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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A group of developers remain hard at work on the LLVMLinux project to build the mainline Linux kernel on x86 and ARM with the Clang compiler.

The LLVMLinux project and other related initiatives to build the Linux kernel with Clang instead of GCC have been discussed many times in the past on Phoronix: LLVM/Clang Is Advancing To Build The Linux Kernel, Building Linux With LLVM/Clang Excites The Embedded World, etc.

The state of the work is basically that x86/ARM builds of the Linux kernel can happen with Clang using a mostly un-patched version of the compiler but there's still numerous patches that have yet to be upstreamed on the kernel side. Even with the available patches, not all features of the Linux kernel are supported with the Clang-compiled kernel.

For those interested in more details on the project an update on LLVMLinux was shared this past weekend at FOSDEM. These slides cover the project by Jan-Simon Möller.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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