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Lately we have been talking a lot about this year's Google Summer of Code whereby Google pays student developers to work on various free software projects over the summer. While GSoC has been taking place for several years, this year there's been several interesting proposals expressed. Among the proposals to catch our attention has been experimental work on KDE's KWin for Wayland, an OpenGL 4.1 Gallium3D state tracker that's now turned into a video acceleration state tracker for WebM/VP8 on VDPAU, better multi-GPU support, and ReactOS improvements, among many other expressed proposals from dozens of free software projects. Another one was just brought up by a student developer and that's to provide support for compiling Microsoft Direct3D HLSL in LLVM.
28 March 2011 - Very Interesting - 6 Comments
While no release announcement has yet to hit the wire, GCC 4.6.0 is now available. Uploaded to the GCC mirrors yesterday afternoon was the GCC 4.6.0 final source packages, right ahead of their planned release which is/was expected to be around Monday. It was only earlier this month that the first release candidate arrives, but this is one rather nice update to the GNU Compiler Collection.
26 March 2011 - Plus Language Improvements - 6 Comments
GCC 4.6 is set to be released next week barring any last minute problems and there are already release candidates out in the wild. Apple and the other developers working on LLVM and Clang are also targeting to release LLVM 2.9 in early April. The second release candidate of LLVM 2.9, Clang 2.9, and LLVM-GCC 2.9 is now available.
25 March 2011 - Battling It Out With GCC - 2 Comments
The GNU developers responsible for GCC have eliminated all of the P1 regressions (their most serious class of regressions in this open-source compiler) in the GNU Compiler Collection 4.6.0 code-base, so they have went ahead and tagged the first release candidate.
14 March 2011 - No More P1 Regressions - 3 Comments
Not only is GCC 4.6 on the way, but the developers at Apple and elsewhere are preparing to release version 2.9 of LLVM, the Low-Level Virtual Machine.
8 March 2011 - Low-Level Virtual Machine - 1 Comment
While it's taken a while to clear out the most prominent bugs/regressions for GCC 4.6, its release candidate is now coming very soon. There's just four P1 regressions left before the release candidate of GNU Compiler Collection version 4.6 arrives.
7 March 2011 - Release Candidate Soon - 3 Comments
There's a new status report from Red Hat's Jakub Jelinek as to the state of GCC 4.6. While a GCC 4.6 release candidate is nearing, as Jakub says in today's update, "significant effort has been made recently to fix lots of regressions, yet there are still way too many serious regressions."
26 January 2011 - No RC Yet - 1 Comment
A release candidate for version 4.6.0 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is nearing. Novell's Richard Guenther has provided a GCC 4.6 status update whereby this version of the leading free software compiler has now left "stage 3" of its development and the code-base is now only receiving regression fixes and documentation work.
4 January 2011 - New Compiler Update - 1 Comment
While GCC 4.6 is nearing release, Ubuntu 11.04, Fedora 15, and other H1'2011 Linux distributions will continue shipping with GCC 4.5, which was released in April and so far has been succeeded by just one point release. A second point release, GCC 4.5.2, is however being prepared for release shortly.
8 December 2010 - GNU Compiler Collection - 1 Comment
Walter Bright of Digital Mars has brought up with the GCC list what steps need to be traveled so that GDC, the GNU D Compiler, can be merged into GCC. Right now the GNU Compiler Collection doesn't have support for the D programming language, but that may soon change if this merge by Digital Mars is successful.
9 November 2010 - D Programming Language - 4 Comments
Novell's Richard Guenther has just announced that GCC 4.6.0 has now left stage one of development and has immediately entered the third stage. This means no new features or other major work aside from bug-fixes will be accepted into this next major release of the GNU Compiler Collection.
3 November 2010 - Plus San Diego Reminder - 5 Comments
For those interested in compilers, particularly GCC, or are interested in some technical slides to look over this weekend, the presentations from the 2010 GNU Compiler Collection Summit are now available online.
29 October 2010 - Plus A New GCC Framework - 10 Comments
In February of this year the Clang C/C++ compiler for LLVM hit the milestone of self-hosting itself after Clang's C support was declared production ready (with the recently released LLVM 2.8, the C++ support is now deemed feature-complete) just last October. In April another achievement was reached for LLVM/Clang and that was building much of FreeBSD's base operating system. Today another milestone has been hit and that's building the Linux kernel for Debian to the point that it's functional and can run the X.Org Server both on bare metal and this can also be done within a QEMU virtualized environment.
26 October 2010 - A Kernel That Works With X - 12 Comments
Only one week has passed since the release of LLVM 2.8, but out today is version 2.8 of DragonEgg. For those out of the loop, DragonEgg is a GCC plug-in for GCC 4.5 and later that replaces the optimizers and code generations from GCC with that of those from the Low-Level Virtual Machine.
12 October 2010 - GCC-LLVM Plug-In - 2 Comments
Chris Lattner has just announced the release of version 2.8 of LLVM, the Low-Level Virtual Machine. LLVM 2.8 is only being released about six months after the release of LLVM 2.7, but it boasts many notable changes, including the Clang compiler offering feature-complete C++ support against the ISO C++ 1998 and 2003 standards.
6 October 2010 - New Compiler Release - 26 Comments
While GCC 4.5 has been around since this past April, if you are still living with GCC 4.4 for whatever reason (like being hit with a massive performance regression), you may be pleased to know that on this Sunday afternoon there is the GCC 4.4.5 release that's now available. GCC 4.4.5 was delayed a bit, but it's here and offers up bug-fixes but no major new features.
3 October 2010 - Nothing Too Exciting - 6 Comments
Yesterday on the mailing list for GCC is was brought up if Apple's Objective-C 2.0 patches for the GNU Compiler Collection could be merged back into the upstream GCC code-base as maintained by the Free Software Foundation. Even though Apple's modified GCC sources still reflect the FSF as the copyright holder and are licensed under the GNU GPLv2+, it doesn't look like Apple wants their compiler work going back upstream any longer.
10 September 2010 - Not Contributing Back - 111 Comments
Just as expected, GCC 4.5.1 was released today thereby meeting their target of releasing this point update to the GNU Compiler Collection prior to August. GCC 4.5.1 targets regressions and other bugs since the release of GCC 4.5.0 in mid-April.
31 July 2010 - GNU Compiler Collection - 2 Comments
Richard Guenther of Novell has just announced the first release candidate for GCC 4.5.1, which will be the first point release following the April release of GCC 4.5.0.
22 July 2010 - Branch Frozen - 13 Comments
Zack Rusin has written a new blog post where he compares writing free software graphics drivers to running a crocodile petting zoo and wireless bungee jumping.
2 July 2010 - Zack Rusin's Post - 6 Comments
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