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  Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
  The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
  recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
  his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
  Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
  of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
  Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
  of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
  'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
  embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
  'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
  in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
  leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.

  The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
  Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
  in the destruction of the planet Earth.

    -- Douglas Adams - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

We are enraptured to announce version 17.9, the tenth development
release of version 17 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 17.9 from your favourite
CPAN mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

74265513ae1621d20b3dddef265e9e30dcbf68ca  perl-5.17.9.tar.bz2
ecdad551687ad479f4ead20ae88d7b0b6310096f  perl-5.17.9.tar.gz

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 5.17.9 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl 5.17.8
and contains approximately 42,000 lines of changes across 510 files from 35

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 5.17.9:

Aaron Crane, Alan Haggai Alavi, Alexandr Ciornii, Andy Dougherty, Brad
Gilbert, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Christian Hansen, Craig A. Berry, Dagfinn
Ilmari Mannsåker, Daniel Dragan, Dave Rolsky, David Golden, David Mitchell,
Father Chrysostomos, H.Merijn Brand, James E Keenan, Jan Dubois, Jerry D.
Hedden, Jess Robinson, Karl Williamson, Kent Fredric, Leon Timmermans, Lucas
Holt, Matthew Horsfall, Nicholas Clark, Peter Martini, Rafael Garcia-Suarez,
Ricardo Signes, Smylers, Steffen Müller, Steve Hay, Thomas Sibley, Tobias
Leich, Tony Cook.

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

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 version 17.10 on 20th March 2013.
The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 18.0, should
appear in May 2013.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

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