As soon as Perl6 was defined as an extensible langauage, that would be
flexible enough to be written in itself, yet be compatible enough to run
most of perl5, and have a general VM backend a long tortuous development
It's a very ambitious "Research" type project, no surprise that it's not
rapidly produced deliverable. There's some memes going round the
anti-FOSS world about lack of innovation, generally fuelled by their
self-cencsorship and ignorance filters, applied to innovative FOSS
examples, which have become ubiquitous eg) WWW. Should perl6 succeed even
partially in it's aims, it'll be most innovative; even if other languages
are slow to leverage parrot back-ends.
Does the market prefer "Worse is Better" though? Perhaps shipping
something less ambitious, but more immediately useful and practical
matters more than ambitious innovation.
In that case Larry Wall, would have had more effect by making perl6 a
cleanup of perceived mistakes in perl5, with perl++ being the greenfield