[Bitcoin-development] 0.5 release updated

Gavin Andresen gavinandresen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 18:33:44 UTC 2011

Quick update on why there is no final 0.5 release out yet:

Short answer: because I'm really paranoid about bitcoin binary builds,
and the switch to Qt means a change in the way the builds are done.

Long answer:

Linux builds should be all set; the 'gitian' trusted build process works nicely.

Windows builds are being difficult; we need a gcc expert to help debug
the 'gitian' cross-compile (see
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/587 ).

Unless somebody steps forward and says "I'll support compiling
bitcoin-qt/bitcoind with Visual Studio) I'm going to remove
src/makefile.vc and make sure the readmes say that only the mingw
toolchain is supported.

Mac builds were slightly broken for the 0.4 release (they don't run on
OSX 10.5-- you need 10.6 or greater). I'm "recompiling the world" to
hopefully fix that, and hope to have mac binaries available soon (let
me know if you can help test, especially if you have a 32-bit Intel
mac running 10.5).

On my wish list for builds (anybody want to volunteer?):

I think it'd be spiffy to have a .pro file to compile bitcoind;
maintaining N different makefiles is annoying and error-prone.

Gavin Andresen

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