Re: Bootstrapping theory?

jbuck@Synopsys.COM (Joe Buck)
29 Sep 1996 23:43:46 -0400

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From: jbuck@Synopsys.COM (Joe Buck)
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 29 Sep 1996 23:43:46 -0400
Organization: Synopsys Inc., Mountain View, CA 94043-4033
References: 96-09-014 96-09-026 96-09-112
Keywords: tools, administrivia, GCC

Jens Vaasjo <> writes:
>A easy and cheap way to try this is with the C compiler djgpp the dos
>port of Linux's gcc. It's free, free to modify and comes with all the
>source code that they claim is build ready. Of course if you are
>running Linux then you can just use gcc.

Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and original
author of gcc, has long been upset that Linux people weren't giving proper
credit to the efforts of the FSF and GNU project. Many of us thought he
overstated his case.

But if there are really people out there who think that it is "Linux's
gcc" or that DJ Delorie ported the Linux version of gcc, they are badly
mistaken; gcc for the Intel 386 family of processors predated Linux and is
the reason why Linus Torvalds was able to develop Linux (because it works
so well as a cross-compiler). djgpp also predates Linux.

-- Joe Buck

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