Commit a5f830fe authored by Ian Lynagh's avatar Ian Lynagh

Update ANNOUNCE

parent bd6fe3a3
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The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.4
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The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.10.1
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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:
The GHC Team is pleased to announce a new major release of GHC. There
have been a number of significant changes since the last major release,
including:
- GADTs (Generalised Abstract Datatypes) are supported
* Some new language features have been implemented:
* Record syntax: wild-card patterns, punning, and field disambiguation
* Generalised quasi-quotes
* Generalised list comprehensions
* View patterns
- STM (Software Transactional Memory) is implemented
* Type families have been completely re-implemented
- Full support for Cabal and a much improved package framework
* Now comes with Haddock 2, which supports all GHC extensions
- Better support for mutually-recursive modules
* Parallel garbage collection
- A complete rewrite of the back end
* Base provides extensible exceptions
- Accurate source locations in error messages
* The GHC API is easier to use
- Lots of new libraries
* External core (output only) now works again
* Data Parallel Haskell (DPH) comes as part of GHC
The full release notes are here:
http://haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.4/html/users_guide/release-6-4.html
http://haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.10.1/html/users_guide/release-6-10-1.html
How to get it
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The easy way is to go to the WWW page, which should be self-explanatory:
The easy way is to go to the web page, which should be self-explanatory:
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
We supply binary builds in the native package format for various
flavours of Linux and BSD, and in Windows Installer (MSI) form
for Windows folks. Binary builds for other platforms are available
as a .tar.gz which can be installed wherever you want. The source
distribution is also available from the same place.
We supply binary builds in the native package format for many
platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same
place.
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
current language version is Haskell 98, agreed in December 1998 and
revised December 2002.
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Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:
GHC home page http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
Haskell home page http://www.haskell.org/
comp.lang.functional FAQ http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~gmh/faq.html
GHC home page http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
GHC developers' home page http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/
Haskell home page http://www.haskell.org/
System requirements
Supported Platforms
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To compile programs with GHC, you need a machine with 64+MB memory, GCC
and perl. This release is known to work on the following platforms:
* i386-unknown-{linux,*bsd,mingw32}
* sparc-sun-solaris2
* powerpc-apple-darwin (MacOS X)
* powerpc-apple-linux
The list of platforms we support, and the people responsible for them,
is here:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Contributors
Ports to other platforms are possible with varying degrees of
difficulty. The builder's guide on the web site gives a complete
run-down of what ports work and how to go about porting to a new
platform; it can be found at
difficulty. The Building Guide describes how to go about porting to a
new platform:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building
Developers
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We welcome new contributors. Instructions on accessing our source
code repository, and getting started with hacking on GHC, are
available from the GHC's developer's site run by Trac:
http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/
Mailing lists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We run mailing lists for GHC users and bug reports; to subscribe, use
the web interfaces at
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-users
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-bugs
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-users
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-bugs
There are several other haskell and ghc-related mailing lists on
www.haskell.org; for the full list, see
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/
http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/
Some GHC developers hang out on #haskell on IRC, too:
Please report bugs using our SourceForge page at
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ghc/
http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/IRC_channel
or send them to glasgow-haskell-bugs@haskell.org.
Please report bugs using our bug tracking system. Instructions on
reporting bugs can be found here:
GHC users hang out on glasgow-haskell-users@haskell.org. Bleeding
edge CVS users party on cvs-ghc@haskell.org.
http://www.haskell.org/ghc/reportabug
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