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Operating Systems Programming Unix Upgrades BSD

DragonFlyBSD 4.4 Switches To the Gold Linker By Default (phoronix.com) 26

An anonymous reader writes: DragonFlyBSD 4.4 is now available for download (x86_64 ISO) and is a feature release that presents many improvements and new features. DragonFlyBSD now uses the Gold Linker by default rather than GNU Ld, updates the Intel and Radeon graphics support against the Linux 3.18 kernel, improves its experimental HAMMER2 file-system updates the locale system and provides collation for named locales, changes out its regex library, and has new hardware drivers. More details on the 4.4 release page.
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DragonFlyBSD 4.4 Switches To the Gold Linker By Default

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  • Just wondering 2 things:

    1. Are they going to LLVM/Clang, like FreeBSD has?

    2. Are they implementing Wayland?

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      3. When will it support the gold-standard systemd?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        3. When will it support the gold-standard systemd?

        "Gold standard"? ... ... ... Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa.

    • by m.dillon ( 147925 ) on Friday December 04, 2015 @10:12PM (#51061095) Homepage

      LLVM/Clang builds the DragonFly world and kernel but does not yet build the boot loader. It can be brought in via dports. So it isn't 100% yet but very close. When it does get to 100% it will become one of our two officially supported compilers. Those are currently gcc-4.7 and gcc-5.2.1.

      Wayland support isn't really up to us, but there is wayland support in XOrg that I think works for programs desiring to use that API. Don't quote me on it though.

      -Matt

      • by fnj ( 64210 )

        Nice to see gcc 5.2.1 supported! Linux distros and BSDs relying on prehistoric gcc versions always bummed me out.

      • Out of interest why the move from the old to the new linker?

        I assume there is an advantage as GNU have adopted gold as a project even though it's rather less featureful than its predecessor. I hear things like it's faster, especially for large programs. Is this why you switched?

        I'd be very interested to hear what motivated the change

      • by scruffy ( 29773 )

        LLVM/Clang builds the DragonFly world and kernel but does not yet build the boot loader. It can be brought in via dports. So it isn't 100% yet but very close. When it does get to 100% it will become one of our two officially supported compilers. Those are currently gcc-4.7 and gcc-5.2.1.

        Wayland support isn't really up to us, but there is wayland support in XOrg that I think works for programs desiring to use that API. Don't quote me on it though.

        -Matt

        Ok, got it. No quoting.

  • Nice to see a new release.

  • Do we have any expected timeframe for when Hammer2 will become the default?

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