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Re: More patching! Less whining!

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Tom Christiansen
April 1, 2000 06:23
Re: More patching! Less whining!
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If this hadn't gotten out NOW, it might well NEVER would have gotten
out?  Why? Because Sarathy would have quit in frustration over the
demands put upon him, the expectation that he and he alone would
rewrite and redesign all the major subsystems for everybody's pet
little feeps, from threads to unicode to the codegenerators.  That's
asking a hell of a lot of one *volunteer*.

We don't *need* those features for there to be a new release.  Plenty
got done.  I challenge you to do back and look at what really
happened for 5.N for other values of N in the (1,2,3,4,5) range.
5.002 says "prototypes".  5.003 is marked as a "security release".
5.004 is marked as a "maintenance release".

You don't want perl5.6 -- you want perl6.  That's a fine thing to
want.  But by any historical metric, this release had plenty in it
to count as a dot-N release, and two years is too long to wait for
this.  Release early, release often.

I see you're all lining up to take the switch to Larry's backside.
How thoughtful.


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