[Haskell-cafe] Best Linux for Haskell?

Seth Gordon sethg at ropine.com
Tue Nov 6 15:30:41 EST 2007

Peter Verswyvelen wrote:
> Each year I give Linux a try. And usually I kick it off my harddrive 
> after a month, and stick to Windows. However, it does get better each 
> year, so…
> So which kind Linux works best for running GHC (6.8.1) and related 
> tools? (I want to give Yi a go, I can’t get it to work on Windows). 
> Debian? Fedora? Ubuntu?

I don't know which Linux distribution is best *for Haskell*, but in my 
experience, Ubuntu has been the best distribution for getting up and 
running on Linux without fuss.  The latest version lets you boot into 
Linux from a CD-ROM, so you can try it out and confirm that all your 
hardware is compatible before you touch anything on your hard drive.

I haven't tried 6.8.1 yet, but I have downloaded and used the 6.6.x 
binaries on an Ubuntu system back when the repositories were still using 
an earlier version.  I strongly suspect that if you got hold of 6.8.1 
packages that were built for Debian, they would also install on Ubuntu, 
but I haven't tried doing that yet.

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