I am the Customer. I literally do this for a living, literally every weekday. Give me a pragmatic, rugged, practical tool that actually does something dramatically useful. “And hurry up, willya?” Perl-5 is such a tool. Nevertheless, to paraphrase a bunch of Biblical demons (Acts 19:15): “Perl-5 I know, but who are you?” I am encouraged by the promise of Perl-6 and am sensitive to the diligent efforts of those who are working on it ... I have tremendous respect for people who are capable of working at that level ... but, a product has to ship, if only so that the real-world professional community can kick the tires and discover what (else) needs to be changed or fixed.
When it ships, you’re not done. At this point, you will have barely started. A tool is built for a craftsman’s use, but there have been no opportunities given yet for any of those craftsmen to determine if it is truly useful for anything. Right now, from a purely market-driven point of view,
you’re Perl-6 is just an armchair quarterback, known to be the offspring of a great and well-respected player, but himself never tested on the field of battle.