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   ==============================================================
    The (Interactive) Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- version 6.10.1
   ==============================================================

The GHC Team is pleased to announce a new major release of GHC. There
have been a number of significant changes since the last major release,
including:

 * Some new language features have been implemented:
   * Record syntax: wild-card patterns, punning, and field disambiguation
   * Generalised quasi-quotes
   * Generalised list comprehensions
   * View patterns

 * Type families have been completely re-implemented

 * Now comes with Haddock 2, which supports all GHC extensions

 * Parallel garbage collection

 * Base provides extensible exceptions

 * The GHC API is easier to use

 * External core (output only) now works again

 * Data Parallel Haskell (DPH) comes as part of GHC

The full release notes are here:

  http://haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.10.1/html/users_guide/release-6-10-1.html

How to get it
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The easy way is to go to the web page, which should be self-explanatory:

        http://www.haskell.org/ghc/

We supply binary builds in the native package format for many
platforms, and the source distribution is available from the same
place.

Packages will appear as they are built - if the package for your
system isn't available yet, please try again later.


Background
~~~~~~~~~~

Haskell is a standard lazy functional programming language.

GHC is a state-of-the-art programming suite for Haskell. Included is
an optimising compiler generating good code for a variety of
platforms, together with an interactive system for convenient, quick
development. The distribution includes space and time profiling
facilities, a large collection of libraries, and support for various
language extensions, including concurrency, exceptions, and foreign
language interfaces (C, whatever). GHC is distributed under a
BSD-style open source license.

A wide variety of Haskell related resources (tutorials, libraries,
specifications, documentation, compilers, interpreters, references,
contact information, links to research groups) are available from the
Haskell home page (see below).


On-line GHC-related resources
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Relevant URLs on the World-Wide Web:

GHC home page http://www.haskell.org/ghc/
GHC developers' home page http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/
Haskell home page http://www.haskell.org/


Supported Platforms
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The list of platforms we support, and the people responsible for them,
is here:

   http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Contributors

Ports to other platforms are possible with varying degrees of
difficulty. The Building Guide describes how to go about porting to a
new platform:

    http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building


Developers
~~~~~~~~~~

We welcome new contributors. Instructions on accessing our source
code repository, and getting started with hacking on GHC, are
available from the GHC's developer's site run by Trac:

  http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/


Mailing lists
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We run mailing lists for GHC users and bug reports; to subscribe, use
the web interfaces at

    http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-users
    http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/glasgow-haskell-bugs

There are several other haskell and ghc-related mailing lists on
www.haskell.org; for the full list, see

    http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/

Some GHC developers hang out on #haskell on IRC, too:

    http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/IRC_channel

Please report bugs using our bug tracking system. Instructions on
reporting bugs can be found here:

    http://www.haskell.org/ghc/reportabug
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