Parrot 5.5.0 "Salvadori's Fig Parrot" Released!

Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
Yoda: No. There is another.
    -- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

On behalf of the Parrot team, I'm proud to announce Parrot 5.5.0, also known as "Salvadori's Fig Parrot". Parrot is a virtual machine aimed at running all dynamic languages.

Parrot 5.5.0 is available on Parrot's FTP site, or by following the download instructions. 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 5.5.0 News:

    - Build
        + Configure options are now allowed to be quoted.
        + Fixed build on Win32.
        + Updated location of NQP on Win32.
        + Fixed Parrot::Distribution detection.
    - Documentation
        + Noted that RESPONSIBLE_PARTIES is mostly out of date.
    - Tests
        + Stopped testing native PBC on 64bit LE, due to lack of access to
          such machine.
    - Release
        + Added tool: make_upload_commands.pl
    - Community
        + Parrot has been awarded 3 student slots in Google Summer of Code 2013!
          This means that 3 lucky students will be on a paid internship from
          Google to work on these accepted proposals:
          = Saurabh Kumar - "Update parrot-libgit2 to latest libgit2 release"
              https://gist.github.com/sa1/5468408
              http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/review/google/gsoc2013/saurabh_kgp/11002
          = Paweł Murias - "A Javascript backend for Rakudo"
            http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/review/google/gsoc2013/pmurias/9002
          = Denis Boyun  - "Improve Web UI of App::Parrot::Create"
              https://gist.github.com/denisboyun/5472762
              https://google-melange.appspot.com/gsoc/proposal/review/google/gsoc2013/chob_rock/9001
        + YAPC::NA::2013 hosted 4 days of Hackathon, focusing on the next
          generation of Perl implementations.
          = Huge Success!
        + MoarVM was unveiled:
            https://github.com/MoarVM
        + P2 on Potion was debuted:
            http://perl11.org/p2/

The SHA256 message digests for the downloadable tarballs are:

408a45660483499106a35107a836a80da27269a6d54bb114ba6e2249b2b9e9da parrot-5.5.0.tar.gz
eb7b7d461e627673e77f5e875154506054ce9950d63b263875d9272c7814fd30 parrot-5.5.0.tar.bz2

Thanks to all our contributors for making this possible, and our sponsors for supporting this project. Our next release is 16 Jul 2013.

Enjoy!

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