[vbox-dev] Unhappy with recent developments

Pau Garcia i Quiles pgquiles at elpauer.org
Sun Dec 2 19:55:07 GMT 2012

On Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 8:28 AM, Michael Thayer
<michael.thayer at oracle.com>wrote:

I'm curious, why move from bcc (ancient, unmaintained for ages) to
>> Watcom (which looked to me barely maintained and developed) instead of
>> something more modern like gcc, clang, etc? I guess Watcom has some
>> unique features that make it more fit for BIOS' compilation, but other
>> than having read Watcom was used in the past for embedded because it
>> generated small code, I cannot think of anything.
>> (and please let's not make this a licenses, freedom, etc discussion: I'm
>> asking a purely technical question)
> To cut a long story short, Watcom was the free-est compiler available
> which could generate decent 16-bit x86 code.  bcc was always rather painful
> to use due to it's very limited support of 16-bit Intel memory models, and
> eventually the pain got too much.

What would happen if some other compiler was used? Have you tried faucc?


Or is a C++ compiler required?

Pau Garcia i Quiles
(Due to my workload, I may need 10 days to answer)
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