Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 18585
GCC 2.96 included in Redhat 7.0 in error
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:29:04 EDT
Message from the gcc steering committee
This gcc was not put into a distribution in error, but on purpose.
See http://www.lwn.net/2000/1005/a/rh-tools.php3 for explanation.
The fact that the Steering Commitee does not want to support this
compiler does not change anything on the fact that Red Hat is
supporting this compiler and we'll try to fix all bugs in it
which will be reported to us.
BTW: so far all bugs reported against our compiler were reproduceable
with vanilla FSF gcc as well.
*** Bug 18558 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
"Please note that both GCC 2.96 and 2.97 are development versions; we do not
recommend using them for production purposes. Binaries built using any version
of GCC 2.96 or 2.97 will not be portable to systems based on one of our regular
Seems pretty clear to me. Why RH would offer an OS as a stable, major, release
with a C compiler which comes with such a clear warning against using said
compiler in production environments, I do not know. I would like to see a
better explaination, as well as some information on how RH plans to support gcc