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[News] A Look at Freeplane, GCC vs. LLVM-GCC

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New Mind Mapping App Freeplane Promises Great Features, Rapid Release Cycle

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| Freeplane's codebase has been completely overhauled and new features like a 
| spell checker, graphical links, and improved filtering have been added. It 
| also has categorized icons, structured HTML paste, better search options, and 
| the ability to reposition the note editor.   


GCC vs. LLVM-GCC Benchmarks

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| Last Friday we published Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks and then on Monday they 
| were joined by Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X 10.6 benchmarks. One of the requests 
| that has come up since publishing those articles are to carry out a set of 
| tests comparing the performance of LLVM and LLVM-GCC. With Apple's Snow 
| Leopard release, some parts of the operating system were built using LLVM-GCC 
| for optimized performance, although this compiler is not yet matured. In this 
| article we have a set of 12 benchmarks comparing GCC to LLVM-GCC.      



Portable Linux future using LLVM

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| Imagine a single Linux distribution that adapts to whatever hardware you run
| it on. When run on an Atom netbook, all the software shapes and optimizes to
| the feature set and processor characteristics of the specific version of
| Atom. Want to run it as a VM on a new Nehalem-based server? No problem, it
| re-shapes to fit the Nehalem (Core i7) architecture. And here, when I
| say "re-shape", I don't mean at the GUI level. Rather, I mean the software is
| effectively re-targeted for your processor's architecture, like it had been
| re-compiled.


LLVM 2.5 Released, Receives Numerous Improvements

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| The LLVM (Low-Level Virtual Machine) still isn't a big competitor to GCC
| since the Clang compiler front-end remains unfinished, but the LLVM folks
| have issued a version 2.5 release. LLVM 2.5 is made up of a bunch of bug
| fixes, a new XCore back-end, performance improvements (in the compiler and
| its generated code), new development documentation, and plenty more new work.


[llvm-announce] LLVM 2.4 Release!

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| LLVM 2.4 includes many bug fixes, much faster compile times at -O0,
| substantially better code generation in various cases, a new PIC16 target,
| new IR features, and numerous other improvements and features (see the
| release notes for details).



[llvm-announce] LLVM 2.2 Release!

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| LLVM 2.2 includes hundreds of bug fixes, many improvements to llvm-gcc 4.2
| (which is now the recommended front-end), a new (beta) Cell SPU backend,
| and a large variety of optimizer and codegen changes that allow LLVM 2.2
| to produce even better code than before. ÂLLVM 2.2 has compiled many
| millions of lines of C, C++ and Objective C code, and the llvm-gcc 4.2
| Ada and Fortran front-ends are even starting to work.

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