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Jesse Vincent
October 31, 2011 15:28
The Great Pumpkin
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Dearest Porters,

Two years ago today, I picked up the patch pumpkin.  It feels like
a lifetime ago. (I'll spare you the montage sequence of fifteen-plus
release engineers typing madly to put together the 28 releases we've
put out in the past two years.)

It's time for me to step back.

I'm thrilled to announce that Ricardo Signes (RJBS) has agreed to be our
next pumpking. He has a fine balance of level-headedness, pragmatism,
language design skill, and an almost fanatical devotion to Perl 5. Over
the past month, he and I have chatted extensively about the future of
Perl 5 and I have no doubt that he will be an excellent project leader.

No two pumpkings are alike - Rik will certainly do some things differently
than I have, but I have the utmost faith that he'll do things well. He
and I agree on the broad outlines of the  vision for the future of Perl 5
that I spoke about this summer and wrote about on p5p earlier this fall,
though I know he and I differ on some of the implementation details.

You can rest assured that you'll see Perl 5.15.5 on November 20, 2011,
followed by 5.15.6 on December 20, 2011 and 5.14.3 sometime in late
December. Perl 5.16 will appear early in Q2 2012.

Stepping back has been an incredibly difficult decision for me. I find
myself increasingly focused on my new startup and know that Perl 5
deserves more from the pumpking than I'm able to give it. At the same
time, the past couple years have been an amazing experience and I feel
truly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with so many of you.
Thank you all so much!



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