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From: Jarkko Hietaniemi
September 2, 2000 15:05
Message ID: 20000902170507.B11149@chaos.wustl.edu
Okay, mirrors seem to picking it up, so this is what is going out
Perl 5.7.0 Has Been Released
The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
but that had to be the 57th strangest.
[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
-- Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
The source code is available for example from
and from all the other CPAN mirror sites under the src/ directory.
As you can guess from the above list yourcountrycode.cpan.org is
a good bet, http://www.cpan.org/SITES.html lists all the sites.
Overview of changes is available within the distribution in pod format
as perldelta (pod/perldelta.pod). Detailed list of changes is in the
Perl 5.7.0 Is An Unstable Development Release
As promised when 5.6.0 came out, Perl 5 has now been clearly
separated into stable maintenance releases and unstable development
releases. Releases with even version numbers (6, 8) will be maintenance
releases and odd version numbers (7) will be development releases.
The whole Perl 5.7 branch is a development branch. Its releases are
potentially unstable and they are
NOT meant for production use
Data corruption and crashes are possible because new not yet fully
tested features have been introduced. System administrators should
NOT install these Perls for their users. Vendors or organizations
releasing software packages should NOT package and distribute these
Perls to their customers or users as a new better Perl distribution.
If you are looking for a maintenance release, please wait for the
Perl 5.6.1 release. It will incorporate the stable bug fixes and
component upgrades that have gone into 5.7.0.
Perl 5.7 is for you if you want to help out in developing Perl 5.
The Future of Perl 5
The Perl 6 project has begun (http://www.perl.org/perl6/) and
therefore no extensive changes to Perl 5 are expected. Perl 5
will continue to be maintained.
Jarkko Hietaniemi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
by Jarkko Hietaniemi