Martin Michlmayr
Martin Michlmayr

I'm a member of Debian, and I work for HP as an Open Source Community Expert. The opinions expressed here are mine.

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GCC

The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is a compiler suite which supports a number of programming languages, such as C and C++. It is a very important development tool and is the standard compiler among free software projects. GCC was quite stagnant in the middle of the 1990s until the EGCS project formed. EGCS took over development of the official GCC in October 1998 and instituted rigorous processes, such as high levels of peer review, and created a steering committee which has the power to appoint maintainers and make important decisions. In theory, the project follows a time based release with an interval of six months. In practice, the project has released only one new version every year in recent times.

VersionDateMonths
3.02001-06-18
3.12002-05-1511
3.22002-08-143
3.32003-05-139
3.4.02004-04-1811
4.0.02005-04-2012
4.1.02006-02-2810

Past problems

Solutions

Outstanding problems

Wed, 14 Mar 2007; 15:41 — phdpermanent link

Debian

The aim of Debian is to integrate software produced by other projects to create a complete operating system based on free software. In recent years, the project has faced increasingly delayed and unpredictable releases. Most notably, the release process of Debian 3.1 was characterized by major delays. Initially announced for December 1, 2003, the software was finally released in June 2005: a delay of one and a half years. Since then, the project has made a number of improvements to its release process.

VersionDateMonths
1.11996-06-17
1.21996-12-126
1.31997-06-026
2.01998-07-2414
2.11999-03-097
2.22000-08-1417
3.02002-07-1923
3.12005-06-0635

Past Problems

Solutions

Outstanding problems

Wed, 14 Mar 2007; 09:42 — phdpermanent link