[Haskell-cafe] Re: Ubuntu Haskell

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Tue Oct 14 05:37:09 EDT 2008

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 9:33 AM, Titto Assini <titto at quicquid.org> wrote:
> Can anyone explain why, now that we have cabal and therefore package
> installation is just a short "cabal install X" away do  we need
> distribution specific binary packages?
> I personally prefer my hackage packages freshly cooked ...

In my mind it all comes down to _user_ convenience.  As a developer I
don't mind using Cabal to pull and install in the latest and greatest
from Hackage.  However, I _really_ don't see my wife ever doing the
same just to try out the greatest window manager through time: Xmonad.

Cabal+Hackage is great, but they don't take away the need for distro
pacakges.  The story is the same for Haskell as it is for Perl, Ruby,
Python, etc...

I am sure there are other reasons in favour of packaging for distros,
but this is the one _I_ care about :-)


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