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August 12, 2019 06:15
perl6's new name?
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Hello perl6 world,

I saw the perl6 github issue, just was confused will perl6 change its name?

Perl 6 was initially conceived to be the next version of Perl 5. It took 
way too long to mature to an initial release. Meanwhile, people 
interested in taking Perl 5 along, took back the reigns and continued 
developing Perl 5.

Having two programming languages that are sufficiently different to not 
be source compatible, but only differ in what many perceive to be a 
version number, is hurting the image of both Perl 5 and Perl 6 in the 
world. Since the word "Perl" is still perceived as "Perl 5" in the 
world, it only seems fair that "Perl 6" changes its name.

Since Larry has indicated, in his video message to the participants of 
PerlCon 2019 in Riga, that the two sister languages are now old and wise 
enough to take care of themselves, such a name change would no longer 
require the approval of the BDFL.

I would therefore propose to change the name to "the Camelia Programming 
Language" or "Camelia" for short, for several reasons:

the search term "camelia programming language" already brings you to the 
right place. This means that changing the name to "Camelia" will have 
minimal impact on findability on search engines such as Google and 

the logo / mascot would not need changing: it's just that it now also 
becomes the actual name of the programming language.

"Camelia" in its name, still carries something Perlish inside of it.

The concept of "Camelia" being an implementation of a specification in 
"roast", still stands. The alternative, to use "Rakudo" as the name of 
the language, would cause confusion with the name being used to indicate 
an implementation, and would endanger the separation between 
specification and implementation.

Choosing yet another name, such as Albus, would mean having to start 
from scratch with marketing and getting the name out there. Hence my 
preference for a known name such as "Camelia".

The "Camelia" logo is still copyright Larry Wall, so it would allow 
Larry to still be connected to one of the programming languages that he 
helped get into the world.


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