[nycbug-talk] hand wringing
pete at nomadlogic.org
Sun May 2 22:23:25 EDT 2004
Sunny Dubey wrote:
>On Sunday 02 May 2004 09:16 pm, Pete Wright wrote:
>>that's really interesting. i've been very interested in Xcode, but have
>>not had a chance to check it out. what other alternative compilers
>>could apple use to get away from gcc? does ibm produce a compiler that
>>apple could adopt on the ppc64 chip?
>Yes and no
>my interest in the POWER architecture has led me to this knowldege ....
>Yes because IBM understands PPC like its no-one's business, and because XLC
>(the actual compiler suite) has been customized for OS-X by IBM (and some
>other company, whos name escapes me). The compiler is somewhat expensive,
>propiertary, and obviously lacks all the advantages of a FLOSS app. Yet it
>is compatible with the GNU, and supports PPC64 much better than gcc does.
>OTOH Apple has a great number of reasons not to switch. The primary being
>that all the FLOSS code Apple takes is written and tested under the GNU
>tools. Therefore using another compiler would only add to the variables of
>possible bug sources.
this seems pretty similar to the Intel compiler suite situation. altho
i assume the intel suite is alot cheaper. would that be a valid
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