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alex dinovitser wrote:
I compiled the same code (a program I wrote) in both compilers and the difference was absolutely amazing in both binary size and speed.
AND IT'S THE SAME CODE!
Could you elaborate? you were comparing GC++ (?) with VC++ and what was the actual difference in .exe code size??
It was a simple program I wrote to communicate with a device I had made (for data acquisition). Not only was the GCC executable much faster (especially on initial loading) but it was 1 tenth the size as well.
I am interested in this as I would like to port my work to GNU eventually. I am currently using Delphi.
Hmmm, you might be more interested in tcl/tk. Fortunately, Cygwin also contains it. If you want to try tcl/tk get the excellent 'tcltutor' program.
Yes I tried that too. Is it a good way to 'break' into linux for a total novice?
To be honest, I doubt it. I like it because I'm a unix guy who hates dealing with windows, and avoids it at all costs, even though I have to use it at work.
For a total novice, get Slackware, it's much nicer for new users than Red Hat. I see people trying Red Hat, hating it, then trying Slackware and loving it.