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Date:      Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:11:18 +1000
From:      Da Rock <freebsd-questions@herveybayaustralia.com.au>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Clang - what is the story?
Message-ID:  <4F1AAB66.5070100@herveybayaustralia.com.au>

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I've been seeing a lot of hoorays and pats on the back and a general 
feeling satisfaction in being able to use clang to compile FreeBSD and 
ports. The only reason I can see from searching is a need to get away 
from gcc (which is tried and tested since the beginning of time) which 
is now apparently GPLv3.

Can someone offer some clarity as to the importance of this? I'm 
guessing the that stepping away from GPL is generally a good thing, 
especially if there is something similar with similar license structure 
to BSD; I just can't understand the rush of it.

Even under GPL anything built using gcc can be licensed as you like, so 
I doubt it could be that.

I'm not skeptical, just curious- trying to get my head around some of 
the dev side of things :)



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