Alpha C compilers (WAS Not classic, but free: HP-UX (and the B2000)

Steven N. Hirsch shirsch at
Thu Aug 3 14:29:25 CDT 2006

On Thu, 3 Aug 2006, Scott Quinn wrote:

> >Wow, great!  I sure wish HP would make the Alpha C/C++ compilers available 
> >gratis.  Maybe this is the start of a trend.
> Not sure what you mean here: Compaq C/C++ for AlphaLinux is free 
> already, and Alpha C/C++ for Tru64 and OpenVMS are both included in the 
> relevant hobbyist programs. 

I have a couple of versions of Tru64 hobbyist and don't recall having a 
license for cxx!  I'll have to fire up my trusty UP2000 and check again. 
Years ago, we paid > $4k for the cxx license at work, IIRC.

> IBM xlC/xlC++ and SGI MIPSpro would be very 
> nice (although Apple's contributions to GCC for POWER/PowerPC have made 
> it infinitely better). 

My paychecks come from IBM, so I have become very fond of xlC/C++ (aka 
VAC) but it certainly ain't free - not even for employees <g>.  I thought 
I saw something announced about a free xlC for PPC linux - am I imagining 

> I saw on USENET a blurb about "repurposing" the 
> included MIPSpro kernel compiler as a general-purpose C compiler with 
> the addition of a few symlinks, and the word on the street is that 
> MIPSpro 7.4 could, ahem, possibly be used for a few times while one is 
> trying to locate the regrettably misplaced license code, with only a nag 
> screen coming up.

I'd appreciate knowing more about this.  Private e-mail works <hint, 

> I'm trying to get into the dev program, though. We'll see what happens.

That's the cleanest way, granted.


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