GCC 6 Complier to be the “ONLY” and “DEFAULT” Compiler for the Upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch”
For a while now, news has been up and about with regards to the up and coming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system with a few of its features and capabilities out in the open. Now however, new feeds revealed by Debian developer Matthias Klose points out the default complier for the OS is the new GCC 6 complier and its now available in the Debian Testing repository.
Since the Debian testing version is currently out and being used by testers, they would now get the chance to change their default complier tot the GCC 6 by heading over to the repos to install the gcc/g++ packages.
Either ways, the confidence these developers have in the new complier might just be leading them to let go of the old GCC4 and GCC 5 compliers and only use the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 as its only default complier for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” distribution expected later this year.
The intention to stop the usage of the GCC4 and GCC5 was revealed in the announcement made earlier on by Matthias Klose where in he said that “It is my goal to release stretch without GCC 4.9 and GCC 5.” He also said that “As announced a year ago, GCC 6 will be the default GCC for the Debian stretch release. GCC 6 is now available in testing,”
Klose also said that the GNU Complier Collection 6 would start being the default complier for the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” in a few weeks time which also correlates with the release of the GCC 6.2.0 that has been scheduled for July’s ending.
More so, we might as well just see the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” come in with binutils 2.27 or 2.28 since the maintainers of the binutils collection binary tools of the GNU/Linux operating system announced their switch to a six-month release cycle.