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Joseph N. Hall
March 31, 2000 12:49
5.6.0 ready for prime-time? [Re: [ID 20000330.052] ]
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On Fri, 31 Mar 2000 15:39:04 -0500 (EST) (Ilya
Zakharevich) wrote:

* Joseph N. Hall writes:
* > The huge growth in the core from 5.005 to 5.6 without any serious new
* > fully-operational functionality is rather disappointing to me.
* It looks like you think that 5.6 is out.  It is not.  5.6.0 is a late
* alpha release of 5.6.  Nothing more.
* We did not even start a public beta cycle yet.  Mind boggles why it
* was thought advantageous to release late-alpha-quality code as an
* "official release".  With the disaster of 5.005_00 the explanation was
* the pressure from commercial entities (ORA and AS).
* Who was pressing Sarathy for a premature ejaculation of 5.6.0?  The
* only significant timestamp I can see around is a release of PP v3
* (when?).  Was it a pressure from ORA this time too?  Was it the
* pressure from Larry & co?

I'll leave it to you hypothesize motive, but I don't see much that is 
new and working, yet.  Threads?  Compiler?  Unicode? ("no") x 3, for 
the moment.

I don't see what's the point in inflicting module rebuilds on a 
population that isn't getting a whole lot of new functionality for
its trouble, but I guess that's where we're at.

I'll have the mindset "5.6 is out and ready to use" when at least
one of qw(threads compiler unicode) is pronounced stable and robust.
For now, it's just a new release that appears to be roughly as stable
as 5.005_03, with roughly the same feature set.  Maybe I'm missing


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