[Haskell-cafe] Best Linux for Haskell?

Tim Docker timd at macquarie.com.au
Tue Nov 6 18:23:56 EST 2007

I can confirm that ghc-6.8.1 builds from source completely without fuss
on the latest ubuntu (7.10).

(... though it took a couple of hours of cpu time :-)


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[mailto:haskell-cafe-bounces at haskell.org] On Behalf Of Seth Gordon
Sent: Wednesday, 7 November 2007 7:31 AM
To: 'haskell-cafe Cafe'
Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] Best Linux for Haskell?

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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