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Ricardo Signes
May 9, 2016 11:39
perl v5.24.0 is now available!
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  As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
  I could be monarch of a desert land
  I could devote and dedicate forever
  To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
  So desert it would have to be, so walled
  By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
  No one would covet it or think it worth
  The pains of conquering to force change on.
  Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
  Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
  Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
  Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
  The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
  Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—

  “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
  Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
  We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.

  -- Robert Frost, the Black Cottage

We are pleased to announce perl v5.24.0, the first stable release of
version 24 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl v5.24.0 from your favorite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 298fa605138c1a00dab95643130ae0edab369b4d  perl-5.24.0.tar.bz2
 35770ea5cf49a1082852c2300ccc3cbbc58b70fd  perl-5.24.0.tar.gz
 9d5424ac2debe979d1f7255fe0c818aff0b41b4c  perl-5.24.0.tar.xz

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 at

Perl 5.24.0 represents approximately 11 months of development since Perl
5.22.0 and contains approximately 360,000 lines of changes across 1,800
files from 77 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there
were approximately 250,000 lines of changes to 1,200 .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 v5.24.0:

Aaron Crane, Aaron Priven, Abigail, Achim Gratz, Alexander D'Archangel,
Alex Vandiver, Andreas König, Andy Broad, Andy Dougherty, Aristotle
Pagaltzis, Chase Whitener, Chas. Owens, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig
A. Berry, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, Dan Collins, Daniel Dragan, David
Golden, David Mitchell, Dominic Hargreaves, Doug Bell, Dr.Ruud, Ed Avis,
Ed J, Father Chrysostomos, Herbert Breunung, H.Merijn Brand, Hugo van
der Sanden, Ivan Pozdeev, James E Keenan, Jan Dubois, Jarkko Hietaniemi,
Jerry D. Hedden, Jim Cromie, John Peacock, John SJ Anderson, Karen
Etheridge, Karl Williamson, kmx, Leon Timmermans, Ludovic E. R.
Tolhurst-Cleaver, Lukas Mai, Martijn Lievaart, Matthew Horsfall, Mattia
Barbon, Max Maischein, Mohammed El-Afifi, Nicholas Clark, Nicolas R.,
Niko Tyni, Peter John Acklam, Peter Martini, Peter Rabbitson, Pip Cet,
Rafael Garcia-Suarez, Reini Urban, Renee Baecker, Ricardo Signes, Sawyer
X, Shlomi Fish, Sisyphus, Stanislaw Pusep, Steffen Müller, Stevan
Little, Steve Hay, Sullivan Beck, Thomas Sibley, Todd Rinaldo, Tom
Hukins, Tony Cook, Unicode Consortium, Victor Adam, Vincent Pit,
Vladimir Timofeev, Yves Orton, Zachary Storer, Zefram.

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 AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release perl v5.25.0 today, followed by perl v5.25.1 on May
20th.  The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 26.0, should
appear in May 2017.

It has been my great pleasure to contribute to the development of Perl
for the past five major releases.  This will be my final major release.
Thank you, everyone who has contributed to the project or offered kind
words of support.  They have been appreciated perhaps more than has been
adequately communicated.

Beginning with perl v5.25.1, Sawyer X will be the new reigning pumpking.
Please be as kind to him as you have to me!


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