No more, I say

Nick Burrett nick at
Fri Jun 10 09:49:03 PDT 2005

Between the months of January and May (inclusive) I have been working on 
the GCCSDK for 8-10 hours/day, 5-6 days/week.  Progress has been made on 
UnixLib and making GCC build ELF binaries for RISC OS.  Though in the 
case of the latter, these changes haven't seen the light of day yet.

On reflection, I wonder what the situation would have been if I had been 
in full-time employment.  I feel that most of the work I've done over 
the last six months would never have happened.  A GCC/ELF port would be 
in a different guise, or maybe not even started.

For me, there are no benefits to working on the compiler/run-time 
libraries.  I got rid of my A440/1 back in 1996 and at that time made 
the decision to move onto newer technology.  I completed the original 
brief of updating GCC 2.7.2 back in 1999.  I published GCCSDK in source 
code form with the aim of encouraging others to take over the work, with 
my intention of leaving GCCSDK development behind once the release of 
3.0 became available.

4 years later, I still find myself hacking on this project.  My use of 
RISC OS is only via the RedSquirrel emulator or my own QEMU/RISC OS 
emulator.  Standards have remained high because other developers have 
been testing the changes more thoroughly than I.

I started on the RISC OS GCC project back in November 1994, I've grown 
tired of it and would like to do something else now.  I thank all those 
who have used the SDK over the years, commented on it, developed it, 
tested it etc.  It has certainly helped to reduce the workload.

I will place my RISC OS/ELF changes for GCC 4.1 and Binutils and my 
QEMU/RISC OS emulator onto the FTP next week, marking 
my end to the project.



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