The steering committee was founded in 1998 with the intent of preventing any particular individual, group or organization from getting control over the project. Its primary purpose is to make major decisions in the best interests of the GCC project and to ensure that the project adheres to its fundamental principles found in the project's mission statement. [see the original announcement below].
In April 1999 the steering committee was appointed by the FSF as the official GNU maintainer for GCC and changed its name to GCC steering committee.
The steering committee consists of the following members. The best place to reach them is the gcc mailing list.
Membership in the steering committee is a personal membership. Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only; steering committee members do not represent their employers or academic institutions. Generally speaking, committee members were chosen to represent the interests of communities (e.g. Fortran users, embedded systems developers, kernel hackers), not companies.
From its initial conception, the egcs project [now GCC] has strived to organize itself in a manner which prevents any particular individual or company from having control over the project. To that end, when the project was formed several individuals were contacted to make decisions for the GCC project. These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and represent various groups with an interest in the long term health of GCC. We feel it is in the best interest of the GCC project at this time to turn this informal group into an official steering committee, and to make public its membership. The primary purpose of the steering committee is to make major decisions in the best interests of the GCC project and to ensure that the project adheres to its fundamental principles found in the project's mission statement. I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone on the steering committee for their help in getting this project off the ground and making it successful. -- Marc Per Bothner Joe Buck Craig Burley David Edelsohn Kaveh R. Ghazi Torbjorn Granlund Jeffrey A. Law Marc Lehmann Jason Merrill David Miller Toon Moene Joel Sherrill Jim Wilson
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