Parrot 5.1.0 "Zombie Parrot" Released!

    Flat on the bunk again, he ran for his life. The Parrot stalked him
    through the grey hours of morning, smoothing its fractal feathers,
    shuffling itself slowly into clarity as though at the end of a
    flashy film-dissolve, until at last his mind's eye had to acknowledge
    a shape,
        a shape,
            a wink
-- From BLIT, a short story by David Langford

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 5.1.0,
also known as "Zombie Parrot". Parrot
is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 5.1.0 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://

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:// parrot_foo

Parrot 5.1.0 News:

    - Core
        + The .sort() method was added to the FixedFloatArray PMC
        + Improved detection of system memory for machines with >2GB
        + Improved pbc_to_exe support for spacey paths
        + Fixed Parrot_io_readall_s allocating too much string space
    - Build
        + Fixed generated MANIFEST files to omit $destdir
    - Documentation
    - Tests
        + .readall now checks that prior reads are respected.
    - Community
        + Weekly IRC meetings have resumed. #parrotsketch Tuesdays at 1930 UTC

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:

af26c2fcc806505ec516ebb013bdd37b218633f5fe63faaa6b843ffe55e0135e parrot-5.1.0.tar.bz2
2483963c1bec665be772cb40a71fd3d9d2621feca547932475017c81a2f7e49b parrot-5.1.0.tar.gz

Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors
for supporting this project. Our next release is 19 Mar 2013.