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Perl 5.25.3 is now available!

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Steve Hay via perl5-porters
July 20, 2016 16:29
Perl 5.25.3 is now available!
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  When awful darkness and silence reign
    Over the great Gromboolian plain,
      Through the long, long wintry nights; -
  When the angry breakers roar
  As they beat on the rocky shore; -
      When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
  Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -

  Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
  There moves what seems a fiery spark,
      A lonely spark with silvery rays
      Piercing the coal-black night, -
      A Meteor strange and bright: -
  Hither and thither the vision strays,
      A single lurid light.

  Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
  Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
  And ever as onward it gleaming goes
  A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
  And those who watch at that midnight hour
  From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
  Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
        'The Dong! - the Dong!
      The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
        The Dong! the Dong!
      The Dong with a luminous Nose!'

    -- Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other
       Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose

We are as happy as Larry to announce version 25.3, the fourth
development release of version 25 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.25.3 from your favourite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

  aae4497749f556c749f05770e9802e3d637b82a6  perl-5.25.3.tar.gz
  ee27fd45aaa6c4367b2670bc76f1602c4423b3c9  perl-5.25.3.tar.bz2
  c6f36a901ade7c06900d001f83b7b0e55eebb79f  perl-5.25.3.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.

Perl 5.25.3 represents approximately 4 weeks of development since Perl
5.25.2 and contains approximately 67,000 lines of changes across 510
files from 25 authors.

Excluding auto-generated files, documentation and release tools, there
were approximately 40,000 lines of changes to 290 .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 5.25.3:

Aaron Crane, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason, Alex Vandiver, Aristotle
Pagaltzis, Chad Granum, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Chris Lamb, Craig A.
Berry, Dan Collins, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, H.Merijn Brand,
Jarkko Hietaniemi, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai, Matthew Horsfall,
Salvador Fandiño, Sawyer X, Sébastien Aperghis-Tramoni, Steffen
Müller, Steve Hay, Todd Rinaldo, Tony Cook, Unicode Consortium, Yves

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 version 25.4 on 20 August 2016.  The next major
stable release of Perl 5, version 26.0, should appear in May 2017.


Steve Hay

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