As this is a frequent answer I encounter when having a look at Perl 6,
maybe it's worth having a look at it's message:

There will be no Perl 6.
There will be no Perl 6 by definition, because Perl 6 is only a
specification. You cannot program a specification.

Let's call this statement "specimplexpl".

A pessimist, or simply some random guy looking for a nice, modern
programming language will read the following:
Stop waiting for it. Or asking for it, as you will only get specimplexpl +
(hopefully) the RSS feed with the latest Rakudo* releases.
Learn something useful you could actually use to make a living nowadays,
e.g. C# .NET or Java (the latter if you are in science / public sector).

Why, why do we have to fail this way in terms of marketing?
Why do we pray the specimplexpl on the Rakudo* download page at the
begining? Why do we pray the specimplexpl when someone asks for a Perl 6
implementation (we did get his intention, as it can be seen with the other
Perl 6 is so cool. You put so much effort into Perl 6. It's like an offense
to all this hard work when telling someone that "there isn't a Perl 6.x as

Would it have harmed the holy spec if more people posted a blog post titled
"Perl 6 is out" or "Perl 6 X-Mas release" (like this one:
The specimplexpl can still be done in the body part. Or as a foot note, if
someone will actually mention that the download link will yield a
rakduso.msi file and nor a Perl-6.msi file.
The Perl6 home page is a nicder example of how it can be done the right way
- it has a "Download Rakudo Perl 6" button. But there however, we fail on
the final meters.
The latest download is Rakudo Star 2015.09
I didn't find 2015.12 here: (or a file
named Perl-6-xmas-release.msi, as some kind of fun or an xmas present).

There was so much magic about this' years Christmas, as Perl 6 has come out
- somehow.
And we don't use it.
Instead, we still pray: specimplexpl. Everywhere.

What do we expect that new interested people are looking for when searching
for Perl 6?
What do they search for, when they ask about a Perl 6 release? What do they
want to download?

A spec?
A specimplexpl?
Or, maybe the successor of Perl 5? In the same relation as Python 2 and
Python 3? PHP 4 and PHP 5? SBCL 1.2.7 and SBCL 1.2.14? COBOL-68 and

We fail at Perl 6 marketing.
If you are looking for the Perl 6 Christmas release then visit and try you luck.

2015-12-28 19:41 GMT+01:00 Will Coleda <>:

> There isn't a 6.0.0 as such.
> Perl 6's language specification, versioned 6.c (aka Christmas) was
> released; at the same time, the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, version
> 2015.12 was released, which is the most up to date implementation of
> this specification.
> The specification is intended to have only minor changes in 6.c going
> forward; the next version (6.d, no specific release date planned) will
> likely have more involved changes. In the meantime, an implementation
> that supports 6.c is free to change internals or parts of the language
> that were not explicitly part of the 6.c specification.
> Future versions of the compiler may have support for multiple versions
> of the specification that can be handled with a lexical "use v6.c" to
> get old behavior once the spec changes.
> Finally, Rakudo * is a distribution that includes the compiler and
> multiple modules; Look for this bundled release of the 2015.12 Rakudo
> in the next few days.
> On Sun, Dec 27, 2015 at 2:33 PM, webmind <> wrote:
> > Hiya,
> >
> > I'm a bit confused, there is a major release for Perl 6, but I know
> > wonder if this is the 6.0.0 release or when this will be?
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > web
> >
> > --
> > GPG Key:
> > GPG Fingerprint:         0506976E 234653B4 A628EC33 E23D16EE FCF154AE
> > XMPP  D79970A8 7EC43E29 186D86BA 590F20F6 4C7930B8
> > XMPP 11E91112 091881F7 53EF6108 63C48543 C74D035C
> > (exp: 08/04/2016) SHA256:
> >
> C2:40:67:22:25:52:29:AF:DF:50:4E:2A:6B:32:6D:BC:5B:1E:CA:7D:52:3B:4C:4A:21:5D:C8:E5:AE:7D:1A:09
> > Puscii (exp: 04/03/2016) SHA256:
> >
> F9:C7:B1:B7:90:6B:17:BF:84:93:93:7C:0F:B4:FD:BE:E3:C0:71:9D:83:01:ED:3A:96:FE:FC:82:9D:30:51:C9
> >
> --
> Will "Coke" Coleda

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