parrothist - the parrot history records


This document aims to record the parrot source code releases.


Parrot history in brief...

... ok, done!


Simon Cozens, Jeff Goff, Steve Fink, Leo Toetsch, Chip Salzenberg, Jerry Gay, Patrick Michaud, Will Coleda, Matt Diephouse, chromatic.


[from Porting/pumpkin.pod in the Perl source code distribution]

Chip Salzenberg gets credit for that, with a nod to his coworker, David Croy. We had passed around various names (baton, token, hot potato) but none caught on. Then, Chip asked:

[begin quote]

   Who has the patch pumpkin?

To explain: David Croy once told me once that at a previous job, there was one tape drive and multiple systems that used it for backups. But instead of some high-tech exclusion software, they used a low-tech method to prevent multiple simultaneous backups: a stuffed pumpkin. No one was allowed to make backups unless they had the "backup pumpkin".

[end quote]

The name has stuck. The holder of the pumpkin is sometimes called the pumpking (keeping the source afloat?) or the pumpkineer (pulling the strings?).


 Pump-  Release         Date            Notes
 king                                   (by no means
                                         see Changes*
                                         for details)

 Simon     0.0.1          2001-Sep-10     n/a
           0.0.2          2001-Oct-05     n/a
           0.0.3          2001-Dec-08     n/a
           0.0.4          2002-Mar-19     n/a

 Jeff      0.0.5          2002-Apr-16     n/a
           0.0.6          2002-Jun-04     n/a
           0.0.7          2002-Jul-18     "Percy"
           0.0.8          2002-Sep-01     "Octarine"
         2002-Sep-01     (bugfix release)

 Steve     0.0.9          2002-Dec-19     "Nazgul"
           0.0.10         2003-Mar-16     "Juice"
           0.0.11         2003-Sep-20     "Dubloon"
        2003-Sep-22     (bugfix release)

 Leo       0.0.13         2003-Oct-31     "Screaming Pumpkin"
           0.1.0          2004-Feb-29     "Leaping Kakapo"
           0.1.1          2004-Oct-09     "Poicephalus"
           0.1.2          2005-Mar-06     "Phoenix"
           0.2.0          2005-May-08     "NLnet"
           0.2.1          2005-Jun-04     "APW"
           0.2.2          2005-Jul-03     "Geeksunite"
           0.2.3          2005-Aug-05     "Serenity"
           0.3.0          2005-Oct-01     "Alex"
           0.3.1          2005-Nov-06     "Wart"
           0.4.0          2005-Dec-04     "Luthor"
           0.4.1          2006-Jan-08     "Foghorn Leghorn"
           0.4.2          2006-Feb-22     "GPW"
           0.4.3          2006-Apr-02     "Cold Conure"
           0.4.4          2006-May-14     "Feather"
           0.4.5          2006-Jun-19     n/a

 Chip      0.4.6          2006-Aug-08     n/a
           0.4.7          2006-Nov-14     "Caique"

 Jerry     0.4.8b         2007-Jan-16     "Eponymous"

 Patrick   0.4.9          2007-Feb-22     "Socorro"

 Will      0.4.10         2007-Mar-20     "Release Formerly Known as Prince"

 Matt      0.4.11         2007-Apr-17     "Tax Bird"

 chromatic 0.4.12         2007-May-15     "Of The Caribbean"