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+# Announce: Rakudo Star Release 2017.01
+## A useful and usable production distribution of Perl 6
+On behalf of the Rakudo and Perl 6 development teams, I'm pleased to
+announce the November 2016 release of "Rakudo Star", a useful and usable
+production distribution of Perl 6. The tarball for the January 2017 release
+is available from <http://rakudo.org/downloads/star/>.
+Binaries for macOS and Windows are also available.
+This is the sixth post-Christmas (production) release of Rakudo Star and
+implements Perl v6.c. It comes with support for the MoarVM backend (all module
+tests pass on supported platforms).
+This is the first Rakudo Star release to include "zef" as module installer.
+"panda" is to be shortly replaced by "zef" and will be removed in the near
+It's hoped to produce quarterly Rakudo Star releases during 2017 with 2017.04
+(April), 2017.07 (July) and 2017.10 (October) to follow.
+Please note that this release of Rakudo Star is not fully functional with the
+JVM backend from the Rakudo compiler. Please use the MoarVM backend only.
+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 2017.01] of the [Rakudo Perl 6 compiler],
+version 2017.01 of [MoarVM], plus various modules, documentation, and other
+resources collected from the Perl 6 community.
+[release 2017.01]: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rakudo/rakudo/2017.01/docs/announce/2017.01.md
+[Rakudo Perl 6 compiler]: http://github.com/rakudo/rakudo
+[MoarVM]: http://moarvm.org/
+The Rakudo compiler changes since the last Rakudo Star release of 2016.11 are
+now listed in "2016.12.md" and "2017.01.md" under the "rakudo/docs/announce"
+directory of the source distribution.
+Notable changes in modules shipped with Rakudo Star:
+ + DBIish: Pg: TypeConverter post-merge cleanup
+ + Linenoise: Remove dependency on Native::Resources
+ + Pod-To-HTML: Bump version for #22 fix
+ + Terminal-ANSIColor: Drop 'nqp' dependency
+ + doc: Too many to list
+ + json: Fix parsing of string literals with a leading combining character.
+ + json\_fast: bump version since we now escape null bytes
+ + panda: modified to warn of its removal in the short term
+ + perl6-http-easy: Several pull requests merged
+ + perl6-lwp-simple: Tweak tests to work with TAP::Harness
+ + perl6-pod-to-bigpage: bump version
+ + test-mock: Bump version.
+ + zef: imported
+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)
+ * some bits 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, presentations,
+reference materials, design documents, and other supporting resources.
+Some Perl 6 tutorials are available under the "docs" directory 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.