On behalf of the Rakudo development team, I'm pleased to announce the February 2009 development release of Rakudo Perl #14 "Vienna". Rakudo is an implementation of Perl 6 on the Parrot Virtual Machine . The tarball for the February 2009 release is available from http://www.pmichaud.com/perl6/rakudo-2009-02.tar.gz
However, because of the rapid pace of Rakudo development and addition of new features, we still recommend that people wanting to use or work with Rakudo obtain the latest version directly from the main repository at github -- more on this in a bit.
This is the fourteenth development release of Rakudo Perl, but it's the first release independent from Parrot releases. We will continue to follow a monthly release cycle, with each release to be code named after a Perl Mongers group. This release is named for Vienna.pm (http://vienna.pm.org), who have been sponsoring Jonathan Worthington's work on Rakudo since April 2008. A list of the other planned release dates and codenames for 2009 is available in the "docs/release_guide.pod" file. In general, Rakudo development releases are scheduled to occur two days after each Parrot monthly release. Parrot releases the third Tuesday of each month.
Rakudo Perl now uses git  for its version control system, hosted at http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo . The README file there is kept up-to-date with the latest instructions for obtaining and building Rakudo Perl.
In this release of Rakudo Perl, we've made the following major changes and improvements:
Also, Rakudo now implements the following Perl 6 features:
The development team thanks all of our contributors and sponsors for making Rakudo Perl possible. The next release of Rakudo (#15) is scheduled for March 19, 2009.