The Haskell.org committee is considering removing the “alternative installation options” section from the downloads page of haskell.org and we seek the opinion of the community. If you would like to share your opinion we prefer that you do so on the haskell.org issue tracker, but failing that, in this comment thread is fine too.
The downloads page of haskell.org suggests using ghcup and stack to obtain a toolchain. These two tools are widely used in the community, actively maintained and kept up-to-date. The page also provides a number of “alternative installation options” (see below, or on the page itself, for the list).
The Haskell.org committee does not have the resources to ensure that these alternative installation options are kept maintained and confirmed working. We don’t even know if anyone uses them. Anyone who uses them is likely to be an “advanced user” anyway, since they require more expertise to implement. stack and ghcup presumably work well on all those platforms, are the most well-maintained installation options and most suitable for beginners.
We have a couple of options:
- Remove all the alternative installation options.
- Keep (some of) the alternative installation options and find community volunteers to maintain them. The volunteers will be responsible for ensuring verifying on a regular basis that their instructions are still working, submitting timely corrections when necessary, and responding promptly on the issue tracker to questions about their installation instructions.
- Please share your opinion about removing the alternative installation options, especially if you are a user of one of them!
- If you are willing to maintain an alternative installation option, please speak up!
- Linux Ubuntu (confusing (see First linux download link doesn't work / is confusing · Issue #16 · haskell-infra/www.haskell.org · GitHub) and probably outdated)
- Linux Debian (links to GHC & Cabal APT Repository which doesn’t support Debian 11 Bullseye)
- Linux Fedora
- Linux EPEL for RHEL/CentOS/etc
- Linux Arch
- Linux openSUSE Leap
- Linux openSUSE Tumbleweed
- Linux Gentoo
- Windows Chocolatey