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Alessandro Ghedini: Rakudo Perl 6 2012.01 uploaded to unstable

Posted: April 25, 2012 / in: Linux / No comments

I’ve uploaded yesterday the rakudo package version 0.1~2012.01-1 to unstable. It ships the Rakudo upstream release from January, running on top of the Parrot stable release 4.0.0 (which was uploaded earlier).

Rakudo is a compiler that implements the Perl 6 specification and runs on top of the Parrot virtual machine. Perl 6 is a major revision to the Perl programming language, which introduces elements of many modern and historical languages (if you are interested you may have a look at some nice articles, and at the talk of Damyan Conway, about Perl 6).

This is the first upload since a few months, and the first release being uploaded to Debian based on the

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(New Object Model) development branch of Rakudo, which opened the door for substantial performance improvements. This release brings other nice things too, such as the support for meta-programming, better package and exception handling and more.

The latest upstream release 2012.04 (which brings, among other things, improvements in startup times thanks to bounded serialization) has been released a few days ago and uses the new Parrot stable release 4.3.0 (which has been released about a week ago), so we hope to test and upload both in time for the Wheezy freeze (and hopefully we’ll be a bit more timely for future updates too).

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