Perl (Development)5.7.0 Has Been Released

Perl 5.7.0
Date: 2 Sep 2000 22:06:24 GMT
From: [email protected] (Jarkko Hietaniemi)
To: comp.lang.perl.announce

Perl 5.7.0 Has Been Released

 The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
 but that had to be the 57th strangest.
 [footnote: he had a tidy mind]
 -- Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"

    The source code is available for example from


    and from all the other CPAN mirror sites under the src/ directory.
    As you can guess from the above list yourcountrycode.cpan.org is
    a good bet, http://www.cpan.org/SITES.html lists all the sites.
    Overview of changes is available within the distribution in pod format
    as perldelta (pod/perldelta.pod).  Detailed list of changes is in the
    Changes file.

Perl 5.7.0 Is An Unstable Development Release

    As promised when 5.6.0 came out, Perl 5 has now been clearly
    separated into stable maintenance releases and unstable development
    releases.  Releases with even version numbers (6, 8) will be maintenance
    releases and odd version numbers (7) will be development releases.

    The whole Perl 5.7 branch is a development branch.  Its releases are
    potentially unstable and they are

 NOT meant for production use

    Data corruption and crashes are possible because new not yet fully
    tested features have been introduced.  System administrators should
    NOT install these Perls for their users.  Vendors or organizations
    releasing software packages should NOT package and distribute these
    Perls to their customers or users as a new better Perl distribution.

    If you are looking for a maintenance release, please wait for the
    Perl 5.6.1 release.  It will incorporate the stable bug fixes and
    component upgrades that have gone into 5.7.0.

    Perl 5.7 is for you if you want to help out in developing Perl 5.

The Future of Perl 5

    The Perl 6 project has begun (http://www.perl.org/perl6/) and
    therefore no extensive changes to Perl 5 are expected.  Perl 5
    will continue to be maintained.


Jarkko Hietaniemi [email protected]