From Thomas Klausner:
At the Oslo QA Hackathon 2008, during one evening meal, it became evident that
Jonathan Worthington would be able to spend even more time hacking on Rakudo
Perl if he would get paid a little money for it. As Vienna.pm still has some
money earmarked for Perl development, we encouraged Jonathan to send us a
proposal for funding him. Which he did. And which we accepted.
So starting next week, Jonathan will work on Rakudo one full day a week
(minimum of 8 hours of work), post about the work on the rakudo.org blog /
use.perl.org. He will recieve € 150 per day spend working on Rakudo. We
estimate that on average he will work 4 days per month. We agreed on funding
three months (~ €1,800) and evalute the grant after that time. If everybody is
happy, we will continue the grant until the end of 2008, where we will evaluate
again (and check if we still have money left).
More info available in the WoC Wiki.
For some time now, there’s been confusion about the multiple versions of Perl 6. Per Larry’s wishes, Perl 6 is a specification of the language, and not an actual implementation. There will also be no “default” implementation of Perl 6. Pugs has been going strong for a while, based on Haskell. We’ve been talking about what to call Perl 6 that runs on Parrot, and Patrick Michaud worked with Damian Conway to come up with it: Rakudo.
It’s a name the Damian has discussed before, and Yours Truly just so happened to own rakudo.org, hoping to be able to use it for something good and Perly. For a while, it hosted wikis that are now over at perlfoundation.org, and it’s sat idle since then. I’m glad I didn’t let it lapse, because now it can be an information center for the project. So far I’ve got a blog up, and I hope we can get more excitement about the project going as we post more details about the project there.
Read more about why “Rakudo” and the future of the project over at the brand new Rakudo.org.