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Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2018.10

Steve Mynott
November 11, 2018 19:04
Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2018.10
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Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2018.10 A useful and usable production
distribution of Rakudo Perl 6

On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm pleased to
announce the October 2018 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
production distribution of Rakudo. The tarball for this release is
available from

Binaries for macOS and Windows (64 bit) are also available at the same

This is a post-Christmas (production) release of Rakudo Star and implements
Perl v6.c. It comes with support for the MoarVM backend (all module tests
pass on supported platforms). Currently, Star is on a quarterly release

Please note that this release of Rakudo Star is not fully functional with
the JVM backend from the Rakudo compiler. Please use the MoarVM backend

We make a distinction between the language ("Perl 6" or "Raku") and
specific implementations of the language such as "Rakudo".

This Star release includes release 2018.10
of the Rakudo compiler <>, version 2018.10
MoarVM <>, plus various modules, documentation, and other
resources collected from the community.

The Rakudo compiler changes since the last Rakudo Star release are now
listed in "" and" under the "rakudo/docs/announce"
directory of the source distribution.

This is the first Rakudo Star release that comes with an additional JS
backend. See 6pad project at for running
Perl 6 code directly in your browser.

Important Rakudo bug fixes are now listed at

Also see Rakudo Star errata at


   - LWP::Simple is deprecated and will be removed. Please use
   - panda-sub which pointed user to zef now removed.

Notable changes in modules shipped with Rakudo Star:

   - openssl: Bump version 0.1.21.
   - tap-harness6: Bump version to 0.0.4 for coloring
   - zef: version 0.5.3

There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet handle
appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases. Some of the
not-quite-there features include:

   - advanced macros
   - some bits of Synopsis 9 and 11

There is an online resource at that
lists the known implemented and missing features of Rakudo's backends and
other Perl 6 implementations.

In many places we've tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the
programmer that a given feature isn't implemented, but there are many that
we've missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are welcomed at

See for links to much more information, including
documentation, example code, tutorials, presentations, reference materials,
design documents, and other supporting resources. Tutorials are available
under the "docs" directory in the release tarball.

The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for making
Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see, ask on the mailing
list, or join us on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Steve Mynott <>
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