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Parrot 4.4.0 "Banana Fanna Fo Ferret" Released!

Andrew Whitworth
May 15, 2012 17:37
Parrot 4.4.0 "Banana Fanna Fo Ferret" Released!
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On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce the 4.4.0 release of
Parrot "Banana Fanna Fo Ferret".  Parrot ( is a virtual
machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 4.4.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
(, or by following the
download instructions at  For those who would like
to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Git to
retrieve the source code to get the latest and best Parrot code.

Parrot 4.4.0 News:
    - Core
        + Most internal calls to libc exit(x) have been replaced with
          Parrot_x_* API calls or PARROT_FORCE_EXIT
    - Documentation
        + 'pdd31_hll.pod' made stable in 'docs/pdds/'.
        + Updated main 'README' to 'README.pod'
        + Updated various dependencies, e.g., 'lib/Parrot/'.
        + Updated all 'README' files to 'README.pod' files.
        + Added 'README.pod' files to top-level directories.
    - Tests
        + Update various tests to pull from new 'README.pod'
        + Updated 't/tools/install/02-install_files.t' to pull from new
    - Community
    - Platforms
    - Tools
        + pbc_merge has been fixed to deduplicate constant strings and
          merge annotations segments

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:


Alvis Yardley (or a delegate) will release Parrot 4.5.0, the next scheduled
monthly release, on June 16th 2012. Subsequent release managers are to be
announced. A special thanks to our donors, contributors and volunteers for
making this release possible.


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