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GnuCOBOL 3.1-rc-1 on alpha.gnu.org

Item posted by Simon Sobisch <mensch> on Thu 02 Jul 2020 07:13:19 AM UTC.

While this version is a release-candidate (with an expected full release within 3 months) it is the most stable and complete free COBOL compiler ever available.

Source kits can be found at https://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/gnucobol, the first pre-built binaries are already available and the OS package managers are invited to update their packages.

Compared to the last stable release of 2.2 we have such a huge change list that it is too much to note here for the release candidate; but it will be done with the final release and even there the NEWS entry which you can check now at https://sourceforge.net/p/gnucobol/code/HEAD/tree/tags/gnucobol-3.1-rc1/NEWS is very compacted.

The RC1 got extensive tests over the lasts months and is downward compatible to GnuCOBOL 2.2 - you are invited to upgrade GnuCOBOL now or start your own tests with the release candidate to be able to update when the final release arrives.

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