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Ricardo SignesAug 12, 2013 7:32 am 
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Subject:perl 5.18.1 is now available
From:Ricardo Signes (
Date:Aug 12, 2013 7:32:45 am

The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has ever seen.

An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way that renders the operating system unnecessary.

-- Chuck Moore

We are happy to announce perl 5.18.1 the second stable release of version 18 of Perl 5.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.18.1 from your favorite CPAN mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

eb6b402682168a9735b2806d09c1ca5d567b2de8 perl-5.18.1.tar.bz2 524a10ba76e394e5d40b319f5609cb4c4a96f564 perl-5.18.1.tar.gz

You can find a full list of changes in the file "perldelta.pod" located in the "pod" directory inside the release and on the web.

Perl 5.18.1 represents approximately 2 months of development since Perl 5.18.0 and contains approximately 8,400 lines of changes across 60 files from 12 authors.

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community of users and developers. The following people are known to have contributed the improvements that became Perl 5.18.1:

Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker, David Mitchell, Father Chrysostomos, Karl Williamson, Lukas Mai, Nicholas Clark, Peter Martini, Ricardo Signes, Shlomi Fish, Tony Cook.

The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically generated from version control history. In particular, it does not include the names of the (very much appreciated) contributors who reported issues to the Perl bug tracker.

Many of the changes included in this version originated in the CPAN modules included in Perl's core. We're grateful to the entire CPAN community for helping Perl to flourish.

For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors, please see the AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

We expect to release version v5.18.2 in December 2013. The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 20.0, should appear in May 2014.