[ANNOUNCE] GHC 8.2.1 release candidate 1

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[ANNOUNCE] GHC 8.2.1 release candidate 1

Ben Gamari-3

Hello everyone,

The GHC team is very pleased to announce the first candidate of the
8.2.1 release of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler. Source and binary
distributions are available at

    https://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/8.2.1-rc1/

This is the first of a few release candidates leading up the final 8.2.1
release. This release will feature,

  * A new type-indexed Typeable implementation

  * The long awaited Backpack

  * Deriving strategies for disambiguating DeriveAnyClass,
    GeneralizedNewtypeDeriving, and stock mechanisms

  * Overloaded record fields

  * Improved compiler performance

  * Better code generation through more robust tracking of join points

  * Compact regions for more efficient garbage collection and serialization

  * Better support for machines with non-uniform memory architectures

  * More robust support for levity (e.g. RuntimeRep) polymorphism

  * A simple interface for streaming eventlog data from live processes

  * Further refinement of DWARF support

Unfortunately there are still a few known issues in this release,
including a few compiler panics (#13233, #13509) and a memory leak in
the simplifier (#13426) which may adversely affect heap sizes and
compilation time for some modules. This memory leak unfortunately made
it impossible to provide a 32-bit Windows distribution for this
candidate; this will be resolved in -rc2.

As always, please let us know if you have difficulty. Thanks to everyone
who has contributed to this release!

Happy testing,

- Ben


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