Installing Haskell platform on Xubuntu 13.04? NFW.

Very nice functional programming sites (like FP Complete) are popping up on the Internet, making me wish to try out this magic (growing up on Assembly, not sure how it will work).

Problem is, I’m on Xubuntu 13.04 in VirtualBox. And Xubuntu 13.04 does not have haskell-platform in its repository, due to a bug (Launchpad link maybe later), however this bug is fixed in Xubuntu 13.10.

The obvious logical step would be upgrading Xubuntu to the recent version, but as every Xubuntu release since 11.04 failed me on the upgrading process – leaving me a totally FUBARd black screen – I should take precautions, VirtualBox Snapshot to the rescue.

Aaaand, the upgrading process obviously screws up this time as well and the snapshot saves the day, no Haskell for me today.

I even read a post where a user’s clean 13.04 install failed to upgrade to 13.10. What is happening at Canonical?