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What's wrong with Perl 6?
There is one thing that IMHO is bad about Perl 6 now. It is an arguable fact, and many will disagree - but as the OP asked, I am just expressing a personal opinion.
Perl 6 looks to me to be inferior to Ruby 1.8 in many aspects, especially in overall cleanness and natural OOP.
For example, while I read the article titled Perl 6 Now (from Perl.com), I couldn't help thinking to myself how every bit of code would be done in Ruby and reaching the conclusion that it would be much cleaner.
Perl 5 has 3 strong pros against Ruby: CPAN, the community and performance. The performance of Perl 6 would be arguably comparable to Ruby. If it runs on Pugs, it will probably be even slower. On Parrot, Ruby can run too (besides the fact that Ruby has a new VM that makes it much faster, almost ready). CPAN will have to be translated to Perl 6 anyway, sooner or later. And Ruby is quickly catching on in this area. The community is a huge plus that is hard to change. It is sad to have a much better community for an inferior language, but I hope this will change too, sometime.