Parrot 2.9.0 "Red-masked" Released!

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 2.9.0 "Red-masked". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 2.9.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or follow the download instructions. For those who would like to develop on Parrot, or help develop Parrot itself, we recommend using Subversion on our source code repository to get the latest and best Parrot code.

SHA digests for this release are:

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Parrot 2.9.0 News:

- Core
  + Parrot and Rakudo's build and tests can now be run under the profiling runcore
  + IPv6 is now detected, laying the groundwork for future networking improvements
  + and no longer require an installed parrot
  + String PMC's 'reverse' method is now faster and supports all encodings
  + improvements and simplifications in internal string processing
  + Added API for adding STRINGs to the gc root set
  + Speed up ord, substr, index and string comparison opcodes
- Testing
  + "make smoke" supports parallel testing by honoring TEST_JOBS
  + Added tests for Socket PMC, StringBuilder PMC, ByteBuffer PMC,,
  + Fixed "" about missing tests
  + Parrot and Rakudo Perl 6 now have access to the GCC Compile Farm
  + Testing on Darwin/PPC
- Git Migration
  + Most developer tools have been ported to Git
  + Majority of developer docs have been written for Git
- Platforms
  + Parrot can now be built on Minix

Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project. Our next release is 16 November 2010.