Right. If you notice the very next thing I said was "Perl is alive and kicking". I made the mistake of being sarcastic and, worse, forgot an appropriate emoticon.
> Perl 6 is likely to be stillborn and even the Perl 6 developers take pains to say that Perl 6 is a different language from Perl (which everyone nowadays understands to mean Perl 5.)
I've never heard a Perl 6 developer say that Perl 6 is a different language from Perl, just from Perl 5. In particular, Larry Wall has made it clear he reserves the right to the name "Perl".
Being stillborn is no longer one of the possible outcomes. It's most complete; it's in great shape technically; sixers are in great spirits; productivity reflects the good vibe; Larry Wall is writing his first Perl 6 book and is aiming to publish it about a year from now; there's still $100K in grant money set aside specifically for marketing and further funding of Perl 6 when it's ready for prime time; and so on. It might not be the future of Perl 5, but it is pretty much unstoppable at this point.