The GNU C library is used as the C library in the GNU system. A modified version of it is used as the C library in
Linux-based GNU systems, and the plan is that the next release, 2.0, will be used unmodified as the C library for
Linux-based GNU systems. |
Glibc 2 is the latest version of the GNU C Library. (A C library is a set of routines used to develop C programs. Pretty much every program on your Linux system uses the C library.) It currently runs unmodified on GNU Hurd systems, and Linux i386, m68k, and alpha systems. Ports to Linux PowerPC, MIPS, and Sparc, Sparc 64, and Arm are supported in the development versions. In the future support for other architectures and operating systems will be added. On Linux, glibc 2 is used as the libc with major version 6, the successor of the Linux libc 5.
As of 2.0.6, glibc 2 is considered production quality. Both Red Hat 5.0 and Debian 2.0 (currently in development) use glibc 2 as their primary libraries.
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