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+# Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2015.09
+## A useful, usable, "early adopter" distribution of Perl 6
+On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm happy to
+announce the September 2015 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
+distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the September 2015 release is
+available from <http://rakudo.org/downloads/star/>.
+This Rakudo Star release comes with support for the MoarVM
+backend (all module tests pass on supported platforms).
+In the Perl 6 world, we make a distinction between the language
+("Perl 6") and specific implementations of the language such as
+"Rakudo Perl". This Star release includes [release 2015.09] of the
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler], version 2015.09 of [MoarVM], plus various
+modules, documentation, and other resources collected from the
+Perl 6 community.
+[release 2015.09]:
+ https://github.com/rakudo/rakudo/blob/nom/docs/announce/2015.09.md
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler]: http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
+[MoarVM]: http://moarvm.org/
+Some of the new compiler features added to this release include:
+* Great List Refactor (GLR) - See http://design.perl6.org/S07.html
+* All Deprecations removed in preparation for Christmas release
+* Added support for calling into C++ libraries and calling methods on C++ classes
+* New slurpy parameter, +args or +@args, to allow for one-argument style binding
+* New with/orwith/without conditionals allow you to check for .defined but topicalize to the actual value returned
+* New `supply`, `whenever` and `react` blocks for easy reactive programming
+* All Unicode digits can now be part of literal numbers
+* `val()` and allomorphic types implemented
+* Most European quoting styles are now supported
+* New $[...] and ${...} constructs allow prefix itemization
+* The .gist and .perl methods can now deal with self-referential structures
+Please note that this release of Rakudo Star is not fully functional with the
+JVM backend from the Rakudo compiler. Support should be restored shortly.
+Notable changes in modules shipped with Rakudo Star:
+* All modules fixed to work with GLR where needed
+* Panda now includes JSON::Fast and no longer precompiles to byte code
+* Terminal::ANSIColor replaces the deprecated Term::ANSIColor
+* New Perl 6 tutorial replaces original perl6 book draft
+There are some key features of Perl 6 that Rakudo Star does not yet
+handle appropriately, although they will appear in upcoming releases.
+Some of the not-quite-there features include:
+ * advanced macros
+ * non-blocking I/O (in progress)
+ * much of Synopsis 9 and 11
+There is an online resource at <http://perl6.org/compilers/features>
+that lists the known implemented and missing features of Rakudo's
+backends and other Perl 6 implementations.
+In many places we've tried to make Rakudo smart enough to inform the
+programmer that a given feature isn't implemented, but there are many
+that we've missed. Bug reports about missing and broken features are
+welcomed at <rakudobug@perl.org>.
+See <http://perl6.org/> for links to much more information about
+Perl 6, including documentation, example code, tutorials, reference
+materials, specification documents, and other supporting resources. A
+Perl 6 tutorial is available as docs/2015-spw-perl6-course.pdf in
+the release tarball.
+The development team thanks all of the contributors and sponsors for
+making Rakudo Star possible. If you would like to contribute, see
+<http://rakudo.org/how-to-help>, ask on the <perl6-compiler@perl.org>
+mailing list, or join us on IRC \#perl6 on freenode.