another poster …wrote
No comment on what ActiveState is doing,
but I will comment on it.
Since Perl 5.6 is an ancient release in perspective, the only parties likely
to still be running a 5.6.X installation are companies with tiny IT staff
that are involved in Perl. So your company is one of those and what's more,
it is a `MS Windows shop´ so the whole `release early, release often´ notion,
along with other parts of the Open Source approach, are probably not familiar
memes or logical ideas for the management.
I really think that people who work in Open-Source embracing businesses are
happier in their worklife.
Aside from you and your possible plans to now update your resumé, ActiveState
has historically had trouble maintaining a good image in the Open Source
universe because of problems of various sorts. They might not feel like they
have that much to lose by making a choice that penalizes the users of the very
old release and the package repository that supports it. It's a logically
defensible choice on their part. Another way to do it would have been to say
`OK, we'll keep this repo open for free, but every question or complaint that
gets directed at our company regarding packages from it will get a formula
response to the effect that we've terminated support for this release of
Perl (5.6.X), sorry.´
If you're a company with a chequered history of having users speak well of
you in the past, a company dealing in support of an Open Source product
or products, then it might not seem like that big a deal to invite a little
more complaining by a move like this; and you may generate a little bit of
additional income in the bargain.
You might want to be aware, at least, of the other options
available in Perl distribution kits for MS Windows.