Please re-read my previous post.. The kernel IS compiled with gcc 3.2. This is not a case of regarding the 2.96.x compiler issues.
I know I could just reinstall an older version of gcc, recompile the kernel, and get on with my life, but the fact is that things are moving forward. Vendors are retooling their OS's with more current technology. For vendors who supply binary-only software, they could get caught up in the mix of needing to revamp their product as well.