How Forking Perl 5 Could Work
Stevan Little (the man behind Moose) gave a talk at the Orlando Perl Workshop called Perl is not Dead, it is a Dead End. The talk culminated with an announcement of an experimental reimplementation of the useful parts of Perl 5 in Scala, a project called Moe.
This is not the first fork or pseudo-fork of Perl 5. Now comes Moe. Will it succeed?
What's Wrong with Perl 5?
Perl 5 has two main problems: its implementation and its implementation. Any time you think you've found another problem, look deeper and you'll discover it's one of those two problems (and very likely "its implementation" is the culprit").