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Upside: Open source's big party

Jul 23, 2000, 17:07 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"If the bloom is off the open source rose, somebody forgot to tell the attendees at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Monterey this week. With no Red Hat (RHAT) IPO to elevate the media buzz and no bandwagon-jumping venture capitalists looking to be parted from their money, this year's conference still managed to outdraw last year's event. According to O'Reilly spokeswoman Sara Winge, more than 1,900 people registered for the show compared with 1,700 last year."

"True to its roots -- the convention began its life as the Perl Conference four years ago -- the Perl scripting language drew the most attention. On Wednesday, Perl creator and keynote speaker Larry Wall officially announced plans to overhaul the entire language. Taking an Olympic year cue, Wall said the next version, Perl 6 would be "better, stronger, faster" thanks to complete ground-up rewrite of both internal and external components."

"Perl 5 was my rewrite of Perl," said Wall at a pre-keynote meeting with top Perl hackers. (See more in Slashdot, "Larry Wall announces Perl 6"). "I think this should be the community's rewrite of Perl, and the community's rewrite of the community."

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