Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK projectBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Jun 2005, 15:34:59 | Permalink | Printable
Send us a postcardFellow programmers have paid tribute to GCCSDK project manager Nick Burrett, who yesterday announced that he will be departing from the project. The freely available GCCSDK includes the RISC OS port of the popular GCC C/C++ compiler and other libraries, such as Unixlib which provides a Unix functionality layer over RISC OS.
Work began on the GCC project in 1994, and Nick had planned to leave the team once GCC 3.0 was released, however he continued on for another four years afterwards despite selling his RISC OS machine in 1996. For the past five months, he has worked full time on GCCSDK - notably GCC 4.1, ELF support, QEMU work and Unixlib updates, with the aid of emulators Red Squirrel and QEMU.
Explaining his stepping down from GCCSDK, Nick told stunned developers, "I've grown tired of it and would like to do something else now. I thank all those who have used the SDK over the years, commented on it, developed it, tested it etc. It has certainly helped to reduce the workload".
He added, "I will place my RISC OS/ELF changes for GCC 4.1 and Binutils and my QEMU/RISC OS emulator onto the gccsdk.riscos.info FTP next week, marking my end to the project."
Peter Naulls, who is due to move to the US in August, also noted shortly after: "I'm not sure there's anyone else who knows the compiler and all the tools as well [as Nick]. I too after the summer will no longer be able to spend as much time on the project, after a move to the US, but intend to remain involved as much as practical."
Coder John Tytgat responded to Nick, saying, "I understand you taking this decision and of course hate to see you go. Many thanks for the incredible amount of GCCSDK work you did." Programmer Theo Markettos also commented: "I can only say that I'm amazed at the amount of work that Nick and Peter [Naulls] have put in and how you've had time to do it. Comparing the situation back in 1997 with what we have today, I think if you suggested back then that we'd be able to run something as complex as Firefox I wouldn't have believed it. In my opinion this project has been the most significant software development on this platform for a number of years and I thank you for that."
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