Many of the free C compilers listed here are ports of
GCC, which is the standard compiler
that comes with all Linux distributions. GCC used to stand for the GNU
C Compiler, but it now stands for the GNU Compiler Collection since
it has grown to include front-ends for C, C++, Objective C, Fortran 95,
Java, and Ada, as well as other
GCC is highly portable, very robust, and was
started over 30 years ago by
Richard Stallman and the
Free Software Foundation (FSF).
GCC has been called "the most important piece of software in the world" by
Arthur Griffith, author of
The Complete Reference.
Lately GCC is consistently putting out quality new releases.
informative web site to see the latest versions
|About GCC||last update 11-29-2014|
GNU maintains a GCC benchmark page which has links to several independent benchmarks of GCC.
Also see my 2011 Win32/64 Compiler Comparison.