[Haskell-cafe] Announce: Haskell Platform 2010.1.0.0 (beta) release

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Tue Mar 30 10:34:23 EDT 2010

> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 08:06:17AM -0700, Don Stewart wrote:
> > Live from (post-) Zurihac, I'm pleased to announce the 2010.1.0.0 (beta branch)
> > release of the Haskell Platform, supporting GHC 6.12.
> > 
> >     http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/
> Hi.
> I'm a bit confused about this "beta branch" thing. I was looking to
> compile and install the latest "stable" version of GHC+libraries. The
> GHC 6.12.1 download page <http://haskell.org/ghc/download_ghc_6_12_1.html>
> says: 
> 	For most users, we recommend installing the Haskell Platform
> 	instead of GHC. The current Haskell Platform release includes
> 	GHC 6.10.4 as well as some other tools .... This initial
> 	6.12.1 release is aimed primarily at package maintainers and
> 	early adopters.
> Then again, the Haskell Platform download page
> <http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/linux.html> says:
> 	You need GHC 6.12.1 installed before building the platform.
> There is no mention of "beta" anywhere on that page, and everything
> seems to imply that GHC 6.12.1 + Haskell Platform 2010.1.0.0 is now
> the recommended combination for ordinary, non-cutting-edge users. The
> warning on the GHC download page and your mention of "beta" seem to
> indicate otherwise, though. But what, then, is the current "stable"
> (or "blessed") version of the Platform, and where can I download it? I
> can't find any links to earlier versions on the Platform's home page.

Hey Lauri,

Yes, 2010.*1*.x.y is the "beta" prior to the full 2010.2 release, which
will include GHC 6.12.2.  The change prior to 2010.2 is to add GHC

There is an open bug report to add links to the old versions, which will
be done shortly.

-- Don

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