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Re: intel's Linux compiler w/ Debian

On Sat, 3 Aug 2002, Guillaume Morin wrote:

> Dans un message du 03 Aug à 11:22, Andrew Suffield écrivait :
> > Mostly it does better through gcc being, frankly, utter crap when it
> > comes to optimising. Many commercial compilers do better than gcc.
> The situation has been improved with the release of gcc 3.1. See
> http://www.coyotegulch.com/reviews/intel_comp/intel_gcc_bench2.html

I've cc'd the author of the above, very interesting article. I would like
to note that it sounds like gcc 3.2 is coming out and it's evaluation and
evaluations of gcc 2.95 and evaluations of the fortran compilers would be
quite interesting.

Michael Banck <mbanck@gmx.net> wrote:
>>> Can the "non-commercial" versions be packaged in non-free or extra?
>> They are pay for use so do not see how we could ship it or even really provide
>> any support for it.
> What do you mean by 'pay for use'? The unsupported non-commercial
> version seemed pretty much zero cost for personal or research stuff.
> Granted that they would allow distribution (one need a license file from
> them anyway), would this qualify for putting into non-free?

A closer evaluation of the license is needed. Perhaps an installer
package in non-free? Perhaps someone could purchase the Intel compiler for
Debian and make it available for Debian packages? Perhaps the
non-commercial version could be used if Debian was said to be a
non-commercial organization? Perhaps, more discussion should be done in

>> Either way gcc works just fine at $0 whereas the Intel is $399.
> I'll drink to that!

Intel's is $0 for evaluation (30 days), $0 for personal use (no
distribution allowed?), and maybe even $0 if one person donates a copy of
it to the Debian build system or another machine available to developers.
An analysis of the license agreements found at
http://www.intel.com/software/products/compilers/c60l/noncom.htm and
http://www.intel.com/software/products/compilers/f60l/noncom.htm is
needed (it seems to be the same license for non-commercial, evaluation,
and the different license arrangements as there are several clauses for
each case).

Perhaps some Intel's other optimizing tools may be useful too?

Oh, I haven't checked if these programs have been discussed before in
debian-devel or if a rfp was assigned.

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