[CentOS] More than 1 gcc version?

Bryan J. Smith thebs413 at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 24 16:56:15 UTC 2005

"Brian T. Brunner" <brian.t.brunner at gai-tronics.com> wrote:
> The compiler changed, it's current behavior is broken from
> my point of view!

Have you ever used Microsoft Visual Studio?  Cygnus (now Red
Hat) has 18 years of experience that is a crapload better.

> This compiler broken-ness drives a decision to NOT upgrade
> to the current (dysfunctional) compiler nor the OS it rode
> in on.

Again, blame the GCC 2 developers.

Sigh, there is a major history lesson that I could interject.

Read up on Richard Stallman (founder of GNU, the FSF and
original GCC developer), Michael Tiemann (a very early GCC
contributor, co-founder of Cy-GNU-s, and currently Red HAT
CTO), the "technical specifics" of the GCC releases from 2.7
to 2.8 (and why some distros avoided it), the adoption of
EGCS over GCC 2.8, the FSF nod to Cygnus on GCC 3, the GCC
2.91.66 (EGCS 1.1.2) release, the first 2.95 release, and
subsequent 2.95.1, 2.95.2, 2.95.3 and, almost
counter-productive, 2.95.4 release.

And lastly, if you want to see a lot of flamewars -- some of
them based on incorrect information / mob opinion (one minor
GCC contributor was totally oblivious to some things) -- the
GCC 2.96 tag, Red Hat's release of it, and the re-tagging of
2.97 (which became 3.0).

Brings up memories from the even earlier GLibC 1, LibC 4,
LibC 5 and the return to GLibC 2.  There was a lot of
incorrect information / mob opinion back then too.  Yet we
now have a solid LibC with threading, and a very
inter-release ABI compatible C/C++ compiler today.  ;->

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