GCC 6.2 Is Coming Quite Soon
Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 5 August 2016 at 08:43 AM EDT. 17 Comments
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Version 6.2 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is expected to come quite soon.

This is important as GCC 6.2 is the first point release to the stable GCC6 compiler under the versioning scheme they rolled out last year: GCC 6.0 was development, GCC 6.1 was the first stable release, and GCC 6.2 is now the first point release. That's important since a number of distribution vendors tend to wait until around this first point release before incorporating a major new version of the GCC compiler.

Debian unstable just landed GCC 6 and Ubuntu 16.10 has also been planning for the switch-over around the time of GCC 6.2, among other distributions.

SUSE's Richard Biener confirmed in a status report this morning that the 6.2 release candidate is expected in just about one week followed by the official release shortly after that point.

GCC 7.0 is meanwhile the version currently in development with new features for release in early 2017.
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