The gentleman's name is Sean D'Epagnier. I think he's probably sailing the ocean somewhere right now. But the next toolchain release will contain his fixed point math work. And we're very grateful for his work.
I have very similar experience with open source projects as ArnoldB. Months ago I tried to change something in gcc, so I asked about my problem on gcc mailing lists. Iâ€™ve received a lot of answers but none focused on my problem. Authors of most of them seem no to understand the problem at all. So itâ€™s extremely hard to start contributing in such a project like gcc, mainly due to hard to understand reasons.
Admittedly trying to get anything directly into GCC is difficult. Even for us.
Second think â€“ I really appreciate the work of AVR-gcc and AVR-libc contributors, but to be honest, at least a couple of them are working for Atmel now, so it is their work. I donâ€™t know if Atmel pays for that, but it should. We have a lot of other chips with free toolchains, so if Atmel will not support developing of gcc on AVR platform people will just switch to other microcontrollers. So I thanks for developers work, but at the same time I think itâ€™s Atmel business to support it, as availability of free compilers, IDEs etc. seems to be a standard nowadays. And company which cannot give such support will not sell their chips and will lose with competitors.
Yes, Atmel is supporting the work. However, this does not mean that it is taken away from the community. It is still open source, and we still appreciate input, in many different forms.
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