In 1987 the first announcement went out that Stallman had introduced perhaps the most importantÂ pieceÂ of GNU software ever: Â GCC.
I haven’t been able to locate the 1.0 release or even the 0.9 beta (*Edit as an update, yes I’ve found it, and installed it!), as close as I could find was 1.21 from May 1st, 1988. Even at this time, GCC supported the following CPUs:
I don’t know if it serves any practical value but I went ahead and built a source package for GCC 1.21, along with a 4.2 BSD binary package.. I suspect it’d only be an interest to a select few.. Although if anyone has 1.0 or 0.9 I’d be interested!
By 1991 GCC 1.40 supported not only the i386, but Linux kernel.. And as they say the rest is history.
And finally a video summation of all the changes to GCC…