[Parrot-users] Parrot 2.9.0 "Red-masked" supported release.

Gerd Pokorra gp at zimt.uni-siegen.de
Tue Oct 19 11:56:18 UTC 2010

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 2.9.0
Parrot [0] is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 2.9.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or follow the
download instructions [1]. For those who would like to develop on
Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion
on the source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code.

[0] - http://parrot.org/
[1] - http://parrot.org/download

SHA digests for this release are:

Parrot 2.9.0 News:
- Core
  + Parrot and Rakudo's build and tests can now be run under the
profiling runcore
  + IPv6 is now detected, laying the groundwork for future networking
  + mk_language_shell.pl and create_language.pl no longer require an
installed parrot
  + String PMC's 'reverse' method is now faster and supports all
  + improvements and simplifications in internal string processing
  + Added API for adding STRINGs to the gc root set
  + Speed up ord, substr, index and string comparison opcodes
- Testing
  + "make smoke" supports parallel testing by honoring TEST_JOBS
  + Added tests for Socket PMC, StringBuilder PMC, ByteBuffer PMC,
    mk_language_shell.pl, create_language.pl
  + Fixed "Configure.pl" about missing tests
  + Parrot and Rakudo Perl 6 now have access to the GCC Compile Farm
  + Testing on Darwin/PPC
- Git Migration
  + Most developer tools have been ported to Git
  + Majority of developer docs have been written for Git
- Platforms
  + Parrot can now be built on Minix

Many thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our
sponsors for supporting this project. 
Our next scheduled release is 16 November 2010.


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