Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 19:10 UTC, submitted by tyrione
General Development LLVM 2.8 has been released. The release notes describe this new, ehm, release in greater detail, so head on over and give it a read.
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What LLVM patents?
by katelin on Sun 10th Oct 2010 01:36 UTC in reply to "Software Patents ?"
katelin
Member since:
2008-10-06

You mean these "LLVM" patents? http://www.freeishsoftware.org/index.php/component/content/article/...

Turns out the people spreading rumors about there being patents on LLVM are a bunch of liars spreading FUD about LLVM.

Edited 2010-10-10 01:37 UTC

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RE: What LLVM patents?
by Neolander on Sun 10th Oct 2010 06:30 in reply to "What LLVM patents?"
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2010-03-08

No patents about LLVM ? And what about this ?

1. A method for processing computer code, comprising: storing a device-independent intermediate representation of a source code; and in the event an indication is received that the source code has changed, using the changed source code to generate and store a new intermediate representation of the changed source code.
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8. A method as recited in claim 1, wherein the intermediate representation comprises LLVM intermediate representation (IR), LLVM byte code or other byte code, or another appropriate intermediate representation.

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RE[2]: What LLVM patents?
by katelin on Sun 10th Oct 2010 13:42 in reply to "RE: What LLVM patents?"
katelin Member since:
2008-10-06

If you actually read the patent, you'd find that's not actually a patent on LLVM at all, it's a patent about a certain method of compiling javascript to a intermediate representation such as LLVM IR or even some other representation, meaning the string "LLVM IR" only appears in the patent at all to serve as an example.

The LLVM bit is really not at all even an interesting part of the patent, the patent is on the method used to convert javascript into an IR of the programmer's choosing - what that IR is is irrelevant.

Edit: Oh, and it is not a patent (at least not yet), it is only a patent application.

Edited 2010-10-10 13:47 UTC

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