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Date: 2009-09-05 (10:52)
From: Jon Harrop <jon@f...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Why don't you use batteries?
On Saturday 05 September 2009 11:22:30 wrote:
> > Using a very simple analysis from
> >,
> > 97.14%[1] of the computers in the world run an OS which does not have a
> > "Linux"-style package manager (very sad, but true).
> With OCaml you can distribute native code programs, so the installation
> problem is relevant only to programmers.

Don't bank on it. We shipped a product called Presenta a few years ago that 
was written in OCaml and distributed as a native code executable for Linux. 
It was a complete disaster with 80% of users experiencing random segfaults 
and we canned the product and will never try to distribute compiled OCaml 
programs again.

Linux is basically a complete disaster in this regard because it offers so 
little binary compatibility between distros. Building upon a decent VM solves 
this problem and many others, of course, but Linux has none.

Dr Jon Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.