Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Sep 2007 21:26 UTC, submitted by Chris Lattner
General Development The LLVM Project recently released a new version of their compiler, optimizer and code generators. LLVM includes a drop-in GCC-compatible C/C++ and ObjC compiler, mature optimization technology (including cross file/whole program optimization), and a highly optimizing code generator. For people who enjoy hacking on compilers and runtimes, LLVM provides libraries for implementing custom optimizers and code generators including JIT compiler support. This release is the first to provide beta GCC 4.2 compatibility as well as the new "clang" C/ObjC front-end, which provides capabilities to build source-to-source translators and many other tools.
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It is my opinion that there should be at least two major FOSS players (with a strong commitment to standards, interoperability, and compatibility) in any given area. GCC needs some competition. Sure, multiple projects results in a division of resources, and some people don't like that. But look how dividing the resources between XFree86 and Xorg worked out for us.

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I agree, GCC really needs some competition. At the worst, a few resources are wasted but I think history has shown that it almost always leads to better products.

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