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Gurusamy Sarathy
March 31, 2000 13:52
Re: [ID 20000330.052] Use of uninitialized value in concatenation (.)
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On Fri, 31 Mar 2000 15:39:04 EST, Ilya Zakharevich wrote:
>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?

If anyone honestly thinks that somebody pressured me into releasing
5.6.0 prematurely, them I'm truly disappointed.

I set about making a 5.6.0 release because:

  * Nobody but me was working to make the now experimental features
  * I ran out of time a _long_ time ago (you wouldn't believe the
    amount of "real work" that has slipped just so I can herd the Perl
    cats into reasonable shape for a release)
  * It's been too long since there has been a proper release, and
    what we had had enough bug fixes to be a proper release on its
    own merits
  * I entertain vague hopes that perhaps putting out a release will
    spur contributions to address the experimental features

Binary builds of the beta releases (provided by ActiveState) were tested
by upwards of 50,000 individuals (on Windows, Linux, and Solaris).
In terms of sheer numbers, I doubt that any other major release has
been as widely tested as 5.6.0 has been.


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