[Fwd: Job for someone: make a VM image for GHC development]

Duncan Coutts duncan.coutts at worc.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jun 3 06:43:20 EDT 2009

Interesting idea.

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> From: Simon Marlow <marlowsd at gmail.com>
> To: glasgow-haskell-users at haskell.org
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> Subject: Job for someone: make a VM image for GHC development
> Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 12:57:11 +0100
> I forget who mentioned this to me, but I think it's a great idea.
> Things like VirtualBox and VMWare are pretty easy to install and set up 
> these days.  It wouldn't be hard for someone to create a VM image of a 
> Linux system with a complete GHC development environment set up and 
> ready to go.
> This would have a lot of benefits:
>   * Easy to buy into: just install VirtualBox (or whatever), download
>     the image, register it and away you go.
>   * Would make the barrier to entry much lower for someone who wants
>     to make a small change, e.g. to the docs, or a library.  validate
>     and 'darcs send' would Just Work.
>   * Would serve as an example of best-practice in setting up a GHC
>     development environment.
> The hard part might be optimising the install so that we don't end up 
> with an enormous image file.  We'd probably need to find a suitably 
> minimal Linux install, or start from an existing minimal Linux VM image.
> Anyone feeling keen?
> Cheers,
> 	Simon
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