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Announce: Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, Release 2020.02.1

On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm announcing an out-of-schedule release of the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler. Rakudo is an implementation of Perl 6 on the Moar Virtual Machine[^1].

This release is a point release in addition to the regular, monthly releases. This release fixes building MoarVM on systems which are using musl, such as Alpine GNU/Linux distro.

The tarball for this release is available from http://rakudo.org/downloads/rakudo/. Pre-compiled archives will be available shortly.

The changes in this release are outlined below:

New in 2020.02.1:

  • Fixes:
    • Fix building with musl [979d384a9f]

The following people contributed to this release:

Tassilo Philipp, Patrick Böker, Juan Julián Merelo Guervós, Alexander Kiryuhin

This release implements 6.c and 6.d versions of the Raku specification. 6.c version of the language is available if you use the use v6.c version pragma, otherwise 6.d is the default.

Upcoming releases in 2020 will include new functionality that is not part of 6.c or 6.d specifications, available with a lexically scoped pragma. Our goal is to ensure that anything that is tested as part of 6.c and 6.d specifications will continue to work unchanged. There may be incremental spec releases this year as well.

If you would like to contribute or find out more information, visit http://perl6.org, http://rakudo.org/how-to-help, ask on the perl6-compiler@perl.org mailing list, or ask on IRC #perl6 on freenode.

Additionally, we invite you to make a donation to The Perl Foundation to sponsor Perl 6 development: https://donate.perlfoundation.org/ (put "Perl 6 Core Development Fund" in the 'Purpose' text field)

The next release of Rakudo (#135), is tentatively scheduled for 2020-03-28.

A list of the other planned release dates is available in the “docs/release_guide.pod” file.

The development team appreciates feedback! If you’re using Rakudo, do get back to us. Questions, comments, suggestions for improvements, cool discoveries, incredible hacks, or any other feedback -- get in touch with us through (the above-mentioned) mailing list or IRC channel. Enjoy!

Please note that recent releases have known issues running on the JVM. We are working to get the JVM backend working again but do not yet have an estimated delivery date.

[^1]: See http://moarvm.org/

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