Sun's compiler suite is free again

When I first started working on Sun kit it was in my final year of highschool --- courtesy of a mate whose dad worked at ANU. We had /usr/ucb/cc available to us on SunOS 4 --- and life was pretty sweet. Then at some point after the massive change which was also known as the "SunOS to Solaris migration" (also the last time we bumped the major number of the SunOS kernel), the compilers no longer came free with the OS. I remember bitching and moaning about this to my uni friends... back then, GCC wasn't nearly as good as it was today and on Sparc it was terrible! Well today we're going back to the future. If you want to get your hands on Sun Studio 11 then hit this link to go directly to the SDLC, sign in with the appropriate account (which you probably already have) and start pulling down the new Sun Studio 11 compiler suite. Free. (You still have to pay for your network access, but apart from that it's free. As in free). With it you'll get
  • Record-setting optimizing C,C++,Fortran compilers
  • Exploiting multicore (CMT) systems for maximum performance throughput
  • Providing Platform Choice: Solaris 8,9,10 (SPARC, x64, x86) and RHEL 4/SLES 9
  • did I mention the FREE, unrestricted license already?
So go on, grab the new compilers and have a really good day. I certainly will!
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