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What I use is PAR, but it creates large executables (3 MB and north) and often induces a runtime penalty (even if it's only on startup - some apps are so small that a 20 second delay is unbearable)

Compiling Perl to native code would be a bliss for me. I'd wish to work in a networked Unix environment (like at my other job), with Perl installed everywhere and CPAN distribution simple, but sometimes reality hurts.

Most of that delay will likely disappear with Parrot without the need for compilation to native code. Most of that startup delay will be loading and compiling the Perl 5 code. With Perl 6/Parrot you'll be able to just ship the Parrot bytecode with the VM and save the compilation steps.

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