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Actually, it quite possible that GHC would run on more modern platforms that Perl, but I'm not convinced that is relevant.
Most people using Perl use binary distributions. Even on Linux, a large proportion of people install perl via OS specific distribution tools.
I know I'll cop a load of abuse for saying this, but I do not see the imperative that says it must be possible to build the entire tool chain, including the compilers that compile the compilers, from source.
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Then I fail to see the benefit of discarding all the benefits that would acrue from using a higher level language compiler, in favour of C and gcc, just because they're ubiquitous?
If Perl6 and the VM are any good, then once you have a set of working binaries for both, then you can set up another project to port those tools themselves, to Perl6/VM assembler.
Just as Perl5 builds a miniperl to use in the construction of the real thing, so you could eventually arrive at a VM written in it's own source language and use a (downloaded) binary distribution to bootstrap a fully self-compiled toolset.
There is always a bootstrap problem. You need a C compiler (or binary distribution) to build gcc before you can use gcc. So what is wrong with requiring a binary distribution of compiler X to start the chain for the VM?
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