Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Jun 2011 14:23 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
General Development "PathScale announced today that the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite is now available as an open source project and free download for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. This release includes documentation and the complete development stack, including compiler, debugger, assembler, runtimes and standard libraries. EKOPath is the product of years of ongoing development, representing one of the industries highest performance Intel 64 and AMD C, C++ and Fortran compilers." More here.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Not sure how much impact it (the compiler, not the C++ library) is going to have on the BSDs, since it is GPL licensed. The viewpoint on licensing of the system compiler seems to vary among the BSD camps, but I suspect at some level they'd all like to see something BSD (or compatible) licensed. That said, options are always good. The performance with this may overcome some people's philosophical objections to its license.


You do not need a BSD-licensed compiler to compile BSD.

This is the same deal as for books, in that the exact same copyright laws apply. You can write a book using MS Office, but even in doing so all rights to the book itself still belong to you, and not to Microsoft. Your work is still your work, no matter who made the tools that enabled you to do your work.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

However the BSDs do not like non-BSD licensed software in their codebases (OpenBSD especially), therefore they try to exclude GPL licensed code ... the PCC project in regards to OpenBSD is a good example.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

However the BSDs do not like non-BSD licensed software in their codebases (OpenBSD especially), therefore they try to exclude GPL licensed code ... the PCC project in regards to OpenBSD is a good example.


This means only that because of its GPL license the open source EKOPath4 compiler itself would itself not be chosen by BSD distributions as the included compiler.

I agree.

That does not mean that what I said was incorrect. It still remains true to say that:
You do not need a BSD-licensed compiler to compile BSD.


There is no requirement that you compile BSD-licensed code on a BSD system.

Edited 2011-06-16 23:20 UTC

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