[kde-solaris] Gentle Question

Moinak Ghosh moinakg at gmail.com
Tue May 13 16:59:28 CEST 2008

On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 7:30 PM, ken mays <maybird1776 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Again, the problem is choice.
>  1. Is GCCFSS 4.3.0 available?? For x86/amd64??
>  Maintained and supported??!

   GCCFSS stands for GCC For SPARC Systems, so x86 does not
   come into the picture.

>  2. Can "GCC 4.3.0" compile the Nevada "ON" b88
>  kernel??

   AFAIK untested and probably won't compile.

>  3. Can "GCCFSS" compile the Nevada "ON" b88 kernel??
>  Seems we are mixing up "GCC" versus "GCCFSS" so other
>  people are chiming in without considering that GCC is
>  not GCCFSS. Also, compiler cross platform porting
>  technical benefits and merits on BOTH the x86/amd64
>  and SPARC platforms.
>  Then, focus the subject on today's needs of porting
>  KDE 4.0.4/4.1 to Solaris - not KDE 3.5.9. Also, the
>  debugging C++ tools available on Solaris/OpenSolaris
>  that can help developers port and debug KDE 4.x
>  sources on the supported Sun platforms.
>  We all know KDE 3.x compiles with GCC. What we should
>  talk about is the technical benefits, merits, and
>  disadvantages of compiling AND debugging KDE 4.0.4/4.1
>  with GCCFSS or Sun Studio 12 (or even Sun Studio
>  Express 05/08).

   It is a tricky situation. GCC C++ tends to break ABI compatibility
   with itself now and then which is real trouble. On the other hand
   simply building KDE4 with SUN Studio is just a first step. There
   are N KDE applications out there and each and every one of them
   will require porting to build with SUN Studio essentially making it
   difficult to get more KDE apps on Solaris. Kinda porting hell.


>  ~ Ken Mays
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