GHC 7.8.3 release

Greg Weber greg at
Sat May 31 20:13:15 UTC 2014

For me upgrading to 7.8 was very easy. The release slippage actually helped
out with that. 7.8 had already been specified well enough and already had
some active users for a long time. This made for a long window for package
maintainers to update their packages to have 7.8 compatibility. Perhaps
October is a good timeline to try to cut an initial alpha release that
specifies the interface for package authors to compile against, but the
actual release can wait until later.

On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Simon Marlow <marlowsd at> wrote:

> On 27/05/14 09:06, Austin Seipp wrote:
>> PPS: This might also impact the 7.10 schedule, but last Simon and I
>> talked, we thought perhaps shooting for ICFP this time (and actually
>> hitting it) was a good plan. So I'd estimate on that a 7.8.4 might
>> happen a few months from now, after summer.
> FWIW, I think doing 7.10 in October is way too soon.  Major releases
> create a large distributed effort for package maintainers and users, and
> there are other knock-on effects, so we shouldn't do them too often.  A lot
> of our users want stability, while many of them also want progress, and 12
> months between major releases is the compromise we settled on.
> The last major release slipped for various reasons, but I don't believe
> that means we should try to get back on track by having a short time
> between 7.8 and 7.10.  7.8 will be out of maintenance when it has only just
> made it into a platform release.
> Anyway, that's my opinion.  Of course if everyone says they don't mind a
> 7.10 in October then I withdraw my objection :-)
> (as a data point, upgrading to 7.8 at work cost me three weeks, but we're
> probably a special case)
> Cheers,
> Simon
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