Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 20:14 UTC, submitted by deanna
BSD and Darwin derivatives Anders Magnusson's BSD-licensed pcc compiler has been imported into NetBSD's pkgsrc and OpenBSD's src tree. Anders wrote to NetBSD's tech-toolchain list: "It is not yet bug-free, but it can compile the i386 userspace. The big benefit of it is that it is fast, 5-10 times faster than gcc, while still producing reasonable code. The only optimization added so far is a multiple-register-class graph-coloring register allocator, which may be one of the best register allocators today. Conversion to SSA format is also implemented, but not yet the phi function. Not too difficult though, after that strength reduction is high on the list."
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Is this the start of and end to RMS?
by Haicube on Sat 15th Sep 2007 21:25 UTC
Haicube
Member since:
2005-08-06

Just out of curiousity, would this mean that if PCC would get better, we might actually see Stallman slowly becoming a () in history? I would very much appreciate that as it would definitely bring momentum to open source technology.

Any corporate leader who's heard or seen RMS are likely to be very friendly to anything that is not open source. Hopefully this might minimize his negative impact on the open source world.

As another note. Good to see diversity in general =)

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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would this mean that if PCC would get better, we might actually see Stallman slowly becoming a () in history?
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As more and more people with mainstream backgrounds have joined our ranks, RMS has already begun to become a () in history.

But yes, it is nice to see have alternatives, and freedom to compile our code without being lorded over and subjected to that perpetual "you owe me" attitude that Stallman projects.

Glibc is the only other major hurdle to a truly GNU-Free Linux.

Good work, BSD guys!

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danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Glibc is the only other major hurdle to a truly GNU-Free Linux.

The BSDs have their own BSD-licensed libc, and a lot of software compiles against it without any problems.

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JMcCarthy Member since:
2005-08-12

Not very likely. Stallman's influence is already next to nil in the BSD community, even if they're using GCC. And this isn't particularly relevant for the GNU/Linux community, plus outside of a few you're not going to find very many people in both camps that're interested in kow-towing to corporate interests.

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