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+# Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2013.03
+
+## A useful, usable, "early adopter" distribution of Perl 6
+
+On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm happy to
+announce the MONTH 2013 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
+distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the March 2013 release is
+available from <http://rakudo.org/downloads/star/>. A Windows .MSI
+version of Rakudo star will usually appear in the downloads area
+shortly after the tarball release.
+
+In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language
+("Perl 6") and specific implementations of the language such as
+"Rakudo Perl". This Star release includes [release 2013.03] of the
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler], version 4.10.0 of the [Parrot Virtual
+Machine], plus various modules, documentation, and other resources
+collected from the Perl 6 community.
+
+[release 2013.03]:
+ https://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/blob/nom/docs/announce/2013.03.md
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler]: http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
+[Parrot Virtual Machine]: http://parrot.org
+
+Some of the new features added to this release include:
+
+ * ...
+ * ...
+
+This release also contains a range of bug fixes, improvements to error
+reporting and better failure modes.
+
+The following features have been deprecated or modified from previous
+releases due to changes in the Perl 6 specification, and are being
+removed or changed as follows:
+
+ * postcircumfix:`<[ ]>` and postcircumfix:`<{ }>` will become
+ multi-subs rather than multi-methods. Both at_pos and at_key will
+ remain methods.
+
+ * Unary hyper ops currently descend into nested arrays and hashes.
+ This will change to make them equivalent to a one-level map.
+
+ * The Str.ucfirst builtin is deprecated; it will be replaced by
+ Str.tc.
+
+ * Leading whitespace in rules and under :sigspace will no longer be
+ converted to `<.ws>`. For existing regexes that expect this
+ conversion, add a `<?>` in front of leading whitespace to make it
+ meta again.
+
+ * The ?-quantifier on captures in regexes currently binds the
+ capture slot to a List containing either zero or one Match
+ objects; i.e., it is equivalent to "`** 0..1`". In the future,
+ the ?-quantifier will bind the slot directly to a captured Match
+ or to Nil. Existing code can manage the transition by changing
+ existing ?-quantifiers to use "`** 0..1`", which will continue to
+ return a List of matches.
+
+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
+ * threads and concurrency
+ * Unicode strings at levels other than codepoints
+ * interactive readline that understands Unicode
+ * non-blocking I/O
+ * much of Synopsis 9
+
+There is an online resource at <http://perl6.org/compilers/features>
+that lists the known implemented and missing features of Rakudo 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 <rakudobug@perl.org>.
+
+See <http://perl6.org/> for links to much more information about
+Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference
+materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. A
+draft of a Perl 6 book is available as docs/UsingPerl6-draft.pdf 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
+<http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>, ask on the <perl6-compiler@perl.org>
+mailing list, or join us on IRC \#perl6 on freenode.
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=item 6.
If one doesn't already exist, create a release announcement in
-docs/announce/YYYY.MM . You can often use the previous release's
+docs/announce/YYYY.MM.md . You can often use the previous release's
file as a starting point, updating the release number, version
information, name, etc. as appropriate. Be sure to pay attention
to any changes listed in Rakudo's ChangeLog.
- $ vi docs/announce/YYYY.MM
- $ git add docs/announce/YYYY.MM
+ $ vi docs/announce/YYYY.MM.md
+ $ git add docs/announce/YYYY.MM.md
$ git commit docs
=item 7.
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