Things to note,
- Perl 5.10.* will not be binary compatible with 5.8.*
- No pseudohashes in Perl 5.10.*
- No 5005 threads in Perl 5.10.*
At this stage Nicholas took over as the pumpkin holder, already committed to a regular release schedule, which of course would hopefully make things a bit calmer.
So what's happened since?
Perl 5.8.2 fixed the binary compatibility problems with hash randomisation, making it binary compatible with both 5.8.0 and 5.8.1. Threads were returned to being binary compatible with 5.8.0.
Perl 5.8.3 added features (
Tie::Hash SCALAR), this was a bad idea, but it was backwards compatible.
Perl 5.8.4 had no new features, and was getting to the stage where there weren't that many utf8 bugs anymore. But did introduce an optimisation to the
sortcode which was buggy. Perl 5.8.4 was a near miss, there was a major bug which was not found by the release candidates and only found by Debian testing.
Perl 5.8.5 had no new features, and no new bugs (so far)...
In the future Nicholas will drop to a 4 month release schedule, away from the current 3 month schedule. The release candidates aren't picking up problems so Fontango will be introducing a CPAN autobuilder to spot problems (which will be released to CPAN).