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+On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 3.9.0 "Archaeopteryx".
+Parrot (http://parrot.org/) is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.
+
+Parrot 3.9.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
+(ftp://ftp.parrot.org/pub/parrot/releases/supported/3.9.0/), or by following the
+download instructions at http://parrot.org/download. 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 3.9.0 News:
+ - Core
+ + The whiteknight/kill_threads branch was merged, which removes the old and broken
+ thread/concurrency implementation. Better and more flexible concurrency primitives
+ are currently being worked on. This also involved removing some of the last vestiges
+ of assembly code from Parrot as well as removing the share and share_ro vtables.
+ + random_lib.pir was removed, since better alternatives already exist
+ + The freeze and thaw vtables were removed from Default PMC, because they weren't
+ useful and caused hard-to-find bugs.
+ + A new subroutine profiling runcore was added. It can be enabled with the command-line
+ argument of -R subprof . The resulting data can be analyzed with kcachegrind.
+ + Added get_string VTABLE to FixedIntegerArray and FixedFloatArray PMCs
+ + The update() method was added to the Hash PMC, which updates one Hash with the contents
+ of another. This speeds up rakudo/nqp startup time.
+ - Languages
+ + Winxed
+ - Updated snapshot to version 1.3.0
+ - Added the builtin sleep
+ - Modifier 'multi' allows some more multi functionality
+ - Community
+ + New repo for the Parrot Alternate Compiler Toolkit, a re-implementation of
+ PCT in Winxed: https://github.com/parrot/PACT
+ - Documentation
+ + We are in the process to migrating our Trac wiki at http://trac.parrot.org/ to Github
+ at https://github.com/parrot/parrot/wiki
+ + Packfile PMC documentation was updated
+ - Tests
+ + Select PMC tests improved to pass on non-Linuxy platforms
+
+The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:
+
+923b5ef403c26dd94c04127940659aea94516f79243a80de65fbababff44bfad parrot-3.9.0.tar.bz2
+568bfffad0bc7595164f342cd39c33ac967286423844491e85a8f9767f15871c parrot-3.9.0.tar.gz
+
+Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible. This release comprises
+182 commits by 17 authors on the master branch since the previous release:
+
+ Michael Schroeder, Whiteknight, soh_cah_toa, Jonathan "Duke" Leto,
+ Brian Gernhardt, Andy Lester, Christoph Otto, Peter Lobsinger, jkeenan, NotFound,
+ Jimmy Zhuo, Stefan Seifert, Andrew Whitworth, Francois Perrad, Moritz Lenz,
+ Tadeusz Sośnierz, gerd
+
+Our next scheduled release is 15 November 2011.
+
+Enjoy and may the force be with you!

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