Parrot 5.1.0 "Zombie Parrot" Released!

Bruce Gray bruce.gray at
Wed Feb 20 06:19:44 UTC 2013

	Flat on the bunk again, he ran for his life. The Parrot stalked him
	through the grey hours of morning, smoothing its fractal feathers,
	shuffling itself slowly into clarity as though at the end of a
	flashy film-dissolve, until at last his mind's eye had to acknowledge
	a shape,
		a shape,
			a wink
-- From BLIT, a short story by David Langford

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 5.1.0, also known
as "Zombie Parrot".  Parrot ( is a virtual machine aimed
at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 5.1.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site
(, or by following the
download instructions at  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 5.1.0 News:
   - Core
       + The .sort() method was added to the FixedFloatArray PMC
       + Improved detection of system memory for machines with >2GB
       + Improved pbc_to_exe support for spacey paths
       + Fixed Parrot_io_readall_s allocating too much string space
   - Build
       + Fixed generated MANIFEST files to omit $destdir
   - Documentation
   - Tests
       + .readall now checks that prior reads are respected.
   - Community
       + Weekly IRC meetings have resumed. #parrotsketch Tuesdays at 1930 UTC

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:
af26c2fcc806505ec516ebb013bdd37b218633f5fe63faaa6b843ffe55e0135e parrot-5.1.0.tar.bz2
2483963c1bec665be772cb40a71fd3d9d2621feca547932475017c81a2f7e49b parrot-5.1.0.tar.gz

Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project.  Our next scheduled release is 19 Mar 2013.


Bruce Gray (Util of PerlMonks)

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