weasel:~ > perl -v
This is perl, version 5.005_03 built for i386-freebsd
This is partly because of FreeBSD - until the upcoming 5.0 release they have stuck to this version of perl.
On the other hand, I'm only just now starting to run into stuff which requires a newer version. Certainly the lack of 5.6 or better hasn't hurt any of my production stuff.
I'm constantly amused about people agonizing about whether to upgrade fom 5.6 to 5.8 :-)
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