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Perl 5.20.1 is now available!

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Steve Hay
September 14, 2014 13:18
Perl 5.20.1 is now available!
Message ID:
  DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
  DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
  FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!

  Take heart, my dearest children.
  Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.

  FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
  DORABELLA: Bon voyage!

  O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
  It is disappearing already!
  It is no longer in sight!
  Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!

  DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
  DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!

  May the wind be gentle,
  may the sea be calm,
  and may the elements
  respond kindly
  to our wishes.

    -- Lorenzo da Ponte, /Così fan tutte/, trans. Diana Reed

We are satisfied to announce version 20.1, the first maintenance release
of version 20 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.20.1 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  dad920583cab07e96bb8860a70eebc5fa9cf8e4d  perl-5.20.1.tar.gz
  cd424d1520ba2686fe5d4422565aaf880e9467f6  perl-5.20.1.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 5.20.1 represents approximately 4 months of development since Perl
5.20.0 and contains approximately 12,000 lines of changes across 170
files from 36 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there
were approximately 2,600 lines of changes to 110 .pm, .t, .c and .h

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 5.20.1:

Aaron Crane, Abigail, Alberto Simões, Alexandr Ciornii, Alexandre
(Midnite) Jousset, Andrew Fresh, Andy Dougherty, Brian Fraser, Chris
'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Daniel Dragan, David Golden, David
Mitchell, H.Merijn Brand, James E Keenan, Jan Dubois, Jarkko Hietaniemi,
John Peacock, kafka, Karen Etheridge, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai,
Matthew Horsfall, Michael Bunk, Peter Martini, Rafael Garcia-Suarez,
Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Shirakata Kentaro, Smylers, Steve Hay,
Thomas Sibley, Todd Rinaldo, Tony Cook, Vladimir Marek, Yves Orton.

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.

The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 22.0, should appear in
May 2015, with version 23.0 released around the same time.

Steve Hay

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