Are the new Perl features worth anything?
Yes, the title is provocative. That's my idea. Now that I captured your attention, let me explain what's going on. I have a project, Quiki, that is requiring Perl 5.10. This because I use the given/when construct.
Meanwhile we received a bug report from Adam Kennedy asking to back port the project to Perl 5.8.8 because there are some Linux distributions that still use it. Note, I am not against this request from Adam. I totally understand it, and I am willing to help, back porting Quiki. But this makes me think. If Perl 5.10 is dated from December 2007, and we can't use its features yet, when will we be able to use Perl 5.12 features, or the new planned Perl 5.14 features?
Probably this means that we, as Linux users, should heavily complain for old releases. I suspect Adam was using CentOS. Probably we should make all CentOS Perl users fill in bug reports, and foruns, complaining of the old version of Perl that is shipping.