Perl, Perl 5, Perl 6, and names
First, please, you are free to comment, but I do not want to open a flame war or anything. Also, I do not think this is the place for this to be discussed. This post is just my humble opinion.
I think Perl 6 is a bad name for the new language Larry (and Damian and others) are defining. First, before the language, although based on Perl 5, is a new language. Second, because the name is around for too many time, making it bad advertising for the language itself, and for the community. Third, because it makes hard to Perl 5 to advance.
In fact, I think that keeping the name of the new language as Perl 6 is bad for everybody, from the people that do not like Perl 6, for the people who love Perl 6, and for all the community members.
I know there are some books out already that have Perl 6 in their names. But they are not best sellers, and changing Perl 6 name will not be that relevant.
My point of view (thinking on advertising strategy, mostly) is that we should rename Perl 6 to something else. Camelia would be an option. You can also glue Perl with Six, and call it Perlix or Perlvi if you like roman numbers. In fact, Camelia would be the best.
Then, we have another problem. We can't make Perl 5 advance to Perl 6. Also, it is not a good idea to keep Perl 5 current version strategy. As somebody already suggested in Perl 5 porters list, we should drop the five. So, next Perl version would be Perl 16!
More than thinking with the heart, we should check what marketeers would do...