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Perl 5.14 Released

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A new version of Perl, 5.14, was officially released on 14th May following the successful test period, including the testing of release candidates. This is the first release of Perl 5 using the new annual schedule.

There are a number of enhancements and alterations in this version, a full list of changes can be found at (http://perl5.git.perl.org/perl.git/blob/HEAD:/pod/perldelta.pod), a summary of some of the changes:

* Unicode 6.0 support, along with many, many improvements to our Unicode-related features
* Improved support for IPv6
* Significantly easier autoconfiguration of the CPAN client
* A new /r flag which makes s/// substitutions non-destructive
* New regular expression flags to control whether matched strings should be treated as ASCII or Unicode
* New "package Foo { }" syntax
* Uses less memory and CPU than previous releases
* A swathe of bug fixes, a large number associated with the work of Dave Mitchell (http://news.perlfoundation.org/2011/05/fixing-perl5-core-bugs-report-11.html) who has been fixing some deep bugs thanks to a TPF grant;

It is important to note that this version marks the official end of support for Perl 5.10.

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