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GNU C Library 2.17 Announced, Includes Support For 64-bit ARM 68

Posted by timothy
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hypnosec writes "A new version of GNU C Library (glibc) has been released and with this new version comes support for the upcoming 64-bit ARM architecture a.k.a. AArch64. Version 2.17 of glibc not only includes support for ARM, it also comes with better support for cross-compilation and testing; optimized versions of memcpy, memset, and memcmp for System z10 and zEnterprise z196; and optimized version of string functions, on top of some quite a few other performance improvements, states the mailing list release announcement. Glibc v 2.17 can be used with a minimum Linux kernel version 2.6.16."
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GNU C Library 2.17 Announced, Includes Support For 64-bit ARM

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  • by Alwin Henseler (640539) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @06:11PM (#42406841) Homepage

    From the release announcement:

    * Port to ARM AArch64 contributed by Linaro.

    From that organization [linaro.org]'s website:

    "it wants to provide the best software foundations to everyone, and to reduce non-differentiating and costly low level fragmentation."

    "Linaro was established in June 2010 by founding members ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas instruments (TI). Members provide engineering resources and funding. Linaro's goals are to deliver value to its members through enabling their engineering teams to focus on differentiation and product delivery, and to reduce time to market for OEM/ODMs delivering open source based products using ARM technology."

    (member list quite a bit longer than above names)

    In other words: many commercial enterprises, that are in it for the money and fighting each other in the marketplace, but working together to improve something that's out there in the open, free for all to use. So that what's common to all, is the best it can be, and each vendor can focus its resources on what makes their product different from the rest of the pack.

    Sigh - how much better life could be if that principle were applied more often...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 27, 2012 @06:12PM (#42406853)

    He must have accidentally it. The whole thing!

  • by Curupira (1899458) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @07:30PM (#42407369)
    I'm trying to undo an unfair mod I applied to an insightful post. Slashdot should let us (at least for one minute) undo a mistaken mod :(

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