Most popular libraries not in the HP

Simon Marlow marlowsd at
Fri Jul 16 07:34:51 EDT 2010

On 15/07/2010 21:01, Don Stewart wrote:

> Questions remain about what GUI lib to bring in, to augment the OpenGL
> suite.
>      * gtk2hs
>      * wxHaskell
> Both cabalized, but will hamper the ease of building from source (since
> they bring in big C lib deps).

I like gtk2hs a lot, and I've argued for its inclusion in the platform 
before, but I'm now of the opinion that it's not a good enough all-round 
solution to go in the platform.  The Mac folks hate it, and while it 
works on Windows it's not ideal there either.  I don't have much 
experience with wxHaskell, but I imagine the situation with that is 
quite similar.

So I suggest we leave the GUI library as an add-on, but explain clearly 
how people can get up and running with *some* GUI library quickly, with 
pointers to instructions for their platform.


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