Windows -> MSVC vs. gcc

Norbert Thiebaud nthiebaud at
Wed Apr 25 08:59:22 PDT 2012

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM, Jesús Corrius <jesus at> wrote:
>> could anyone of the Windows experts please give me some insight,
>> why you're using MSVC for LO, instead of gcc ?
>> Is there anything important that cannot be done w/ gcc ?
> Short version:
> The MSVC build is considered stable (has historically always been used
> to compile OOo/LibO) while the gcc support is still experimental.
> The are things that can't be compiled using gcc, mostly related to ATL
> stuff used in the ActiveX control and shellextensions. Most of the
> code (if not all) could be rewritten, but no one has shown real
> interest in doing that yet.

and.. switching means ABI breakage with all extensions...


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