Gold Linker

It is a bit strange that the Gold linker is still not the default linker on Red Hat, Fedora or Ubuntu or any of their downstream distributions. Gold has been around for a number of years, having been first released to the open source community in early 2008. It was developed by Ian Lance Taylor and a small team at Google. Gold is drop-in replacement for the traditional BFD (Binary File Descriptor) based linker on X86 and X86_64 platforms. It links object files up to five times faster than the BFD linker. On very large builds such as the Chromium