Its existence guarantees nothing in itself, and the catalytic or Promethean moment only occurs when one individual is prepared to cease being the passive listener to such a voice and to become instead is spokesman, or representative.
But it's important to remember the many dreary years when the prospect of victory appeared quite unattainable. On every day of those years, the "as if" pose had to be kept up, until its cumulative effect could be felt. -- Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce the 4.4.0 release of Parrot "Banana Fanna Fo Ferret". Parrot (http://parrot.org/) is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages. Parrot 4.4.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site (ftp://ftp.parrot.org/pub/parrot/releases/stable/4.4.0/), or by following the download instructions at http://parrot.org/download. 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 4.4.0 News: - Core + Most internal calls to libc exit(x) have been replaced with Parrot_x_* API calls or PARROT_FORCE_EXIT - Documentation + 'pdd31_hll.pod' made stable in 'docs/pdds/'. + Updated main 'README' to 'README.pod' + Updated various dependencies, e.g., 'lib/Parrot/Distribution.pm'. + Updated all 'README' files to 'README.pod' files. + Added 'README.pod' files to top-level directories. - Tests + Update various tests to pull from new 'README.pod' + Updated 't/tools/install/02-install_files.t' to pull from new 'README.pod' - Community - Platforms - Tools + pbc_merge has been fixed to deduplicate constant strings and merge annotations segments The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are: 348ce13fc136afc74a7b50b094f64d8cb00f83f0cd3d59acc6fa4e63c824fa4d parrot-4.4.0.tar.bz2 02495c0d11d3977a615bb76d3219f12bc6543b8cf12c596dfd5c35e98d95218a parrot-4.4.0.tar.gz Alvis Yardley (or a delegate) will release Parrot 4.5.0, the next scheduled monthly release, on June 16th 2012. Subsequent release managers are to be announced. A special thanks to our donors, contributors and volunteers for making this release possible. Enjoy! --Andrew Whitworth