We're happy to announce the availability of
MinGHC for GHC 7.10. MinGHC is a minimal GHC installer for
Windows, consisting of:
- GHC itself
- MSYS, which is necessary for building some packages such as
MinGHC came out of some conversation Neil Mitchell and I had at
ICFP last year about pain on the Windows platform, and consists of
a lot of good code by Neil, and some hacky attempts by me at
understanding Windows installer processes. While this project
predates the Commercial
Haskell SIG by a few months, it's essentially the first project
undertaken by the group.
While MinGHC is relatively young, it's also a minimalistic
product, simply repackaging and serving upstream components
unmodified. Additionally, it has become the recommended installer
by quite a
few sites, and
therefore has already received significant testing. Also, due to
its minimal nature, it's easy to pop out new releases of MinGHC.
For example, this current release was made less than two hours
after GHC itself was released!
While this project is stable, additional testers and
contributors are certainly welcome. Please check out the Github project page for
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