Perl 5.8.9 is [available for download](http://search.cpan.org/dist/perl-5.8.9/). From reading the changelog, it doesn’t seem like there’s too much earth-shaking in it.
There is a wonderful new utility added. An analogue to *perlbug*, the [new *perlthanks* program](http://search.cpan.org/~nwclark/perl-5.8.9/pod/perl589delta.pod#perlthanks) lets you send your thanks to the development team. What a great idea that is.