[erlang-questions] Why Erlang/OTP binaries are available only for Win32 ?

Andrew Thompson <>
Sun Nov 7 22:11:26 CET 2010


Erlang is already in the package management systems for most Linux
distributions, in OSX macports and in the ports/pkgsrc trees for the
*BSDs. Granted sometimes this is an outdated version, but its almost
always available in some form.

The reason that binaries are only available for windows is probably
twofold:

1) Compiling erlang for windows is a pain in the ass.
2) There's no standard package manager for windows (unlike pretty much
every other major OS).

Even if the package manager for your non windows OS doesn't ship a
recent erlang release, you can usually build it from source by just
installing a few dependancies.

Andrew


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