> Equally, it's indisputable that GCC is one of the most popular and
> powerful compilers out there.
Popular? Maybe. Powerful? No way. There are many compilers out there that beat the pants off gcc in performance of generated code and have better standards support.
I'm not knocking the gcc guys. In terms of target support they are leaps and bounds above everyone else. But let's not kid ourselves. The claims about being first to provide an "architecture neutral" (whatever that means) vectorizer and OpenMP implementation are laughable. Other compilers have been doing that for decades.
Again, gcc is a great project but there needs to be a little dose of reality here.