4.4.0 Parrot "Banana Fanna Fo Ferret" Released!

Its existence guarantees nothing in itself, and the catalytic or
Promethean moment only occurs when one individual is prepared to cease being
the passive listener to such a voice and to become instead is spokesman, or

But it's important to remember the many dreary years when the prospect of
victory appeared quite unattainable. On every day of those years, the "as if"
pose had to be kept up, until its cumulative effect could be felt.

-- Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce the 4.4.0 release of
Parrot "Banana Fanna Fo Ferret". Parrot
is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 4.4.0 is available on Parrot's FTP
, or by following the download
. For those who want to hack on Parrot or languages that run on top of Parrot,
we recommend our organization page on GitHub,
or you can go directly to the official Parrot Git repo on Github

To clone the Parrot Git repo into a directory called 'parrot', use the following:

    git clone git://github.com/parrot/parrot.git

If you want it to be in a directory other than 'parrot', then just give that as a second
argument to clone:

    git clone git://github.com/parrot/parrot.git parrot_foo

Parrot 4.4.0 News:

    - Core
        + Most internal calls to libc exit(x) have been replaced with
          Parrot_x_* API calls or PARROT_FORCE_EXIT
    - Documentation
        + 'pdd31_hll.pod' made stable in 'docs/pdds/'.
        + Updated main 'README' to 'README.pod'
        + Updated various dependencies, e.g., 'lib/Parrot/Distribution.pm'.
        + Updated all 'README' files to 'README.pod' files.
        + Added 'README.pod' files to top-level directories.
    - Tests
        + Update various tests to pull from new 'README.pod'
        + Updated 't/tools/install/02-install_files.t' to pull from new
    - Community
    - Platforms
    - Tools
        + pbc_merge has been fixed to deduplicate constant strings and
          merge annotations segments

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:

348ce13fc136afc74a7b50b094f64d8cb00f83f0cd3d59acc6fa4e63c824fa4d parrot-4.4.0.tar.bz2
02495c0d11d3977a615bb76d3219f12bc6543b8cf12c596dfd5c35e98d95218a parrot-4.4.0.tar.gz

Alvis Yardley (or a delegate) will release Parrot 4.5.0, the next scheduled
monthly release, on June 16th 2012. Subsequent release managers are to be
announced. A special thanks to our donors, contributors and volunteers for
making this release possible.