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Darren Duncan
June 30, 2020 23:26
Re: Announcing Perl 7
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On 2020-06-30 5:42 a.m., David Mertens wrote:
> Based on both Kent's email and Leon's blog post 
> <>, 
> I now agree with Dave Mitchell: Perl 7 should be fully backwards compatible. 
> Lots of Linuxes as well as Mac include Perl in their base install. I believe we 
> can solve a CPAN Perl 7 incompatibility with tooling, but not the Linux 
> infrastructure. Full backwards compatibility means an upgrade to Perl 7 would be 
> mostly (entirely?) painless for most vendors (no harder than a current point 
> upgrade is at the moment), so new users of those OSes would get the latest Perl 
> "for free."
> I still think we should optimize for the new user. Requiring "use v7" is a small 
> price to pay if it means that Perl 7 is automatically installed on their computer.

I wouldn't use MacOS as an example of this.  Apple has already deprecated 
including any scripting languages in their base install as of last year's 
Catalina release.  Until they actually remove them I find it highly unlikely 
they will do anything other than just be frozen at the Perl version they 
currently include which is 5.18.4 or 6 major versions back. -- Darren Duncan

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