Commit 6ecafed9 authored by simonmar's avatar simonmar

[project @ 2005-03-01 16:20:27 by simonmar]

6.4 announcement, first draft
parent 1d88ebeb
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The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.2.2
The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.4
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The GHC Team is pleased to announce the latest patchlevel release of
GHC, 6.2.2. This is a bugfix release only, there are no new features.
Code that worked with 6.2.1 will work unchanged with 6.2.2.
The GHC Team is pleased to announce a new major release of GHC. It
has been a long time since the last major release (Dec 2003!), and a
lot has happened:
A lot of bugfixes have gone into 6.2.2; we believe it is one of the
most stable releases of GHC ever. Thanks to everyone who has been
involved in testing pre-releases and submitting bug reports.
- GADTs (Generalised Abstract Datatypes) are supported
This will also be the last release along the 6.2 branch, the next
release (out "soon") will be 6.4 with plenty of new features.
- STM (Software Transactional Memory) is implemented
- Full support for Cabal and a much improved package framework
- Better support for mutually-recursive modules
- A complete rewrite of the back end
- Accurate source locations in error messages
- Lots of new libraries
The full release notes are here:
http://haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.4/html/users_guide/release-6-4.html
How to get it
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Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your
system isn't available yet, please try again later.
Background
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Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language; the
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* i386-unknown-{linux,*bsd,mingw32}
* sparc-sun-solaris2
* powerpc-apple-darwin (MacOS X)
* powerpc-apple-linux
Ports to other platforms are possible with varying degrees of
difficulty. The builder's guide on the web site gives a complete
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