Well, the final version of perl 5.12.0 has been integrated into the build process for a few days now.
The reason it hasn't been released yet is that there are a few final things I've been working on:
- A C++ custom action to do the "perl relocation" step. Beta 1 actually called the Perl script that the zip file will use - and while that's fast enough, it's not as robust as I'd feel comfortable with. I wrote it as a separate executable, it works, now I just have to connect the C++ code to Windows Installer, and that is not looking as easy as I expected... but it should be done today, if everything goes well. (My sister is moving out, and I'll need to help her today, too.)
- I've heard reports of crashes on 64-bit systems during uninstallation - I want to get on fixing that as soon as #1 is done.
- It's going to take 8 hours after those two things are done to build Strawberry Perl, and then 4 more hours or so to upload it.
24-36 hours, I hope (48 at the most), and Beta 2 will be announced here, and will include a 5.12.0 final.
This means that the April 2010 final version (not Beta 2) will be the last version of Strawberry Perl 5.8.9 built. It'll still be supported for a while (how long is up for discussion - I'm thinking until the October 2010 releases, myself), but I'd encourage moving to 5.10.1 or 5.12.x.