It looks like Big Blue has another present for the Macintosh community. This time, the surprise is for developers. IBM has released a free OS X beta version of its XL C/C++ V.6.0 compilers to exploit the new G5 microprocessor.
The compilers, which are for the C, C++ and Fortran languages, are based on IBMis existing VisualAge C++ for its UNIX-based AIX operating system.
According to the IBM Web page, VisualAge C++ V6.0 for AIX generates efficient, high performance software that supports both 32 and 64-bit architectures. It also includes tools for high program optimization and performance, including the ability to tune the code for specific PowerPC processors.
IBM representatives were not available for comment as of press time.