If you follow scheme or lisp news in even a passing fashion you can’t have failed to notice the arrival of Ikarus Scheme, the nifty incremental, native scheme code compiler. It’s an lovely new version of scheme based around R6RS. That means it supports a nice clean library system (standardised!) and scripting in the manner of Perl, Python and Ruby.

Though it lacks the maturity and library base you’d find in chicken or PLT, it’s still a very attractive proposition, and the quality of the product thus far, combined with the nascent community feel around it has certainly got my spider sense tingling. As such I’ve done the noble thing and packaged it for my favourtite GNU/Linux distribution - Arch Linux.

You can find my package here: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?do_Details=1&ID=14228

Happy Hacking!