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ANNOUNCE: Perl 5.15.6 is released

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Dave Rolsky
December 20, 2011 13:21
ANNOUNCE: Perl 5.15.6 is released
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   Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
   into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
   beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
   winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
   wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
   over the mountain on the wings of eagles.

   But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
   gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
   villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
   journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
   domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
   with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
   by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
   Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.

     -- Ursula K. Leguin, /A Wizard of Earthsea/

We are filled with radiant joy to announce Perl 5.15.6, the seventh 
development release of Perl 5.15.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.15.6 from your favorite CPAN 
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

   b132444e23bc10ed506afdadaede041faa53837b  perl-5.15.6.tar.gz
   865ac29b8956186c89302068fb6a8f27c2e67f2f  perl-5.15.6.tar.bz2

You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" located in 
the "pod" directory inside the release and on the web.

Perl 5.15.6 represents approximately 2 months of development since Perl 
5.15.5 and contains approximately 48,000 lines of changes across 560 files 
from 36 authors.

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant 
community of users and developers.  The following people are known to have 
contributed the improvements that became Perl 5.15.6:

Aaron Crane, Abhijit Menon-Sen, Alexandr Ciornii, Brian Fraser, Carl 
Hayter, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dave Rolsky, David 
Golden, David Mitchell, Dominic Hargreaves, Father Chrysostomos, James E 
Keenan, Johannes Plunien, John Peacock, Karl Williamson, Marc Green, Mark 
Dootson, Matthew Horsfall, Nicholas Clark, Paul Evans, Peter Martini, 
Peter Scott, Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Rodolfo 
Carvalho, Shlomi Fish, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Steve Peters, Thomas 
Sibley, Timothe Litt, Tony Cook, Vadim Konovalov, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason.

The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically 
generated from version control history.  In particular, it does not 
include the names of the (very much appreciated) contributors who reported 
issues to the Perl bug tracker.

Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN 
modules included in Perl's core.  We're grateful to the entire CPAN 
community for helping Perl to flourish.

For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, please 
see the F<AUTHORS> file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release Perl 5.15.7 on January 20th, 2012.  The next major 
stable release of Perl 5, version 5.16.0, should appear in May 2012.


Dave Rolsky
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