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

Icarus Alive <>
Tue Nov 9 06:36:34 CET 2010


On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 7:33 AM, Richard O'Keefe <> wrote:
>
> On 8/11/2010, at 7:00 AM, Icarus Alive wrote:
>
>> wondering as to what is the reason that Erlang/OTP binaries are
>> available only for win32 and not for Linux (and it's variants), BSD
>> etc. ?
>
> Let's see.  I have to worry about Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, OpenBSD,
> Solaris, OpenSolaris, Ubuntu 32-bit, Ubuntu 64-bit, Centos 32-bit, Centos
> 64-bit, and Fedora.  Just how many sets of binaries do you expect to be
> provided?  Then there are some older machines that would be fun to set
> up, several PowerPC boxes and a couple of SPARCs.  How many sets of
> binaries?

Am new to the whole Erlang ecosystem (language, runtime, community,
resources), so pardon me if this the expectation seemed excessive. For
one single person building/maintaining so many variants is definitely
a herculean task, and I wasn't aware that it was so. My expectations
were set by distribution of Python, Java, where the latest/greatest (&
older) versions are available for most commonly used OS's... the
mainstream Linux distros, FreeBSD, Solaris, Windows etc.


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