ANNOUNCE: GHC version 7.2.1
igloo at earth.li
Tue Aug 9 22:01:30 CEST 2011
The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 7.2.1
The GHC Team is pleased to announce a new major release of GHC, 7.2.1.
The 7.2 branch is intended to be more of a "technology preview" than
normal GHC stable branches; in particular, it supports a significantly
improved version of DPH, as well as new features such as compiler
plugins and "safe Haskell". The design of these new features may evolve
as we get more experience with them. See the release notes for more
details of what's new and what's changed.
We are also using this branch as an opportunity to work out the best
workflows to use with git.
We expect the 7.2 branch to be short-lived, with 7.4.1 coming out
shortly after ICFP as normal.
Full release notes are here:
How to get it
The easy way is to go to the web page, which should be self-explanatory:
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platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same
Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your
system isn't available yet, please try again later.
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