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Parrot 6.8.0 "Little Lorikeet" released!

Bruce Gray
September 17, 2014 07:04
Parrot 6.8.0 "Little Lorikeet" released!
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Lories and lorikeets (tribe Lorini) are small to medium-sized arboreal
parrots characterized by their specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding
on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries.
       (Parrots that eat like hummingbirds!)

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 6.8.0, also known
as "Little Lorikeet".  Parrot ( is a virtual machine aimed
at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 6.8.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
(, or by following the
download instructions at  For those who would like
to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Git to
retrieve the source code to get the latest and best Parrot code.

Parrot 6.8.0 News:
   - Build
       + pbc_to_exe created executables use now the absolute execname on most platforms
         and not only argv[0] which needs to be looked up in the path. [GH #1088]
   - Documentation
       + Fix various new podchecker syntax errors with the new Pod::Simple 3.28
   - Tests
       + Update embedded Pod::Simple to 3.28 to fix the missing whiteline_handler method
         from non-embedded podchecker [GH #1089]
       + Skip 3 crashing codingstd tests with 5.8 DEBUGGING [GH #1090]

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:
986a0e543e660e83595a3c477b7b7f065099edb559d74c56f61d88e216042f4e parrot-6.8.0.tar.gz
d8db85a305e61babf9f3c23ddd31dffebb8cc7ccd730abcd618eb0fbbad64b6a parrot-6.8.0.tar.bz2

Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project.  Our next scheduled release is at 21 Oct 2014.

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