64-bit windows version?

skaller skaller at users.sourceforge.net
Wed Jun 20 08:23:43 EDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-06-20 at 08:49 +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:

> I don't think we'll be able to drop the mingw route either, mainly because while 
> the MS tools are free to download, they're not properly "free", and we want to 
> retain the ability to have a completely free distribution with no dependencies.

I'm not sure I understand this. MS tools are free to download
by anyone, but not redistributable. The binaries needed by
programs *built* by those tools are not only free to download,
they're free to redistribute, and they're less encumbered than
almost all so-called 'free software' products.

Don't forget -- Windows isn't a free operating system.
You're juggling some possible problem with a single source
vendor withdrawing supply (possible) against open source
products which are late to market (definite :)

64 bit Mingw .. will already be years out of date when
it turns up, since MS is focusing on .NET platform.
MSVC++ tools already support CLR, assemblies and .NET:
even if Mingw supported that .. you'd still need Mono
(does it work, really?) for a 'free' platform .. but .NET
is redistributable and available on most modern Windows
platforms already ..

I doubt the Open Source community is as reliable a supplier
for the Windows market as Microsoft. It's really a boutique 
market. Cygwin was a major platform in the past, for running
Unix software on Windows.

But now we're talking about a Windows *native* version of GHC,
there's no "Unix" in it. I see no real reason not to build
for the native toolchain .. and plenty of reasons not
to bother with others.

Hmm .. can't MS be coaxed into supplying some support to the
developers? After all, Haskell IS a major lazily evaluated
statically typed functional programming language. Why wouldn't
MS be interested  in bringing GHC on board? They have an
Ocaml (called F#) now..

John Skaller <skaller at users dot sf dot net>
Felix, successor to C++: http://felix.sf.net

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