Talk:D

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The Considerations section states that "The main difference is that the dmd's back end is not FOSS (licensed from Symantec), while the others compilers are completely FOSS."

However, compiling the source on this page using dmd is quicker and the results in a far smaller executable:

diederick@bob:~/projecten/d/ $ time dmd hello.d 

real    0m0.439s
user    0m0.380s
sys     0m0.053s
diederick@bob:~/projecten/d/ $ time gdc hello.d 

real    0m1.015s
user    0m0.920s
sys     0m0.090s
diederick@bob:~/projecten/d/ $ ls -lh
totaal 3,6M
-rwxr-xr-x 1 diederick users 2,8M  9 jul 12:53 a.out
-rwxr-xr-x 1 diederick users 642K  9 jul 12:52 hello
-rw-r--r-- 1 diederick users   99  9 jul 12:18 hello.d
-rw-r--r-- 1 diederick users 121K  9 jul 12:52 hello.o

Some might consider this the "main difference".