> Aiui you think the only worthwhile Perl 6 deliverable is one that bundles a front and back end in a form that competes with the current perl.
Pretty much, yes. Everything else is details I should not know unless I plan to hack on Perl6. Or do advanced debugging/diagnostics, I guess.
All the parrot/rakudo/VMs and blah is internals. Good for an in-depth LWN article, but not for when people like me ask about using Perl6 in production.
It is ok to have fun, while being productive. However, your definition of productive does not seem to include delivering a "product" in the form of a /usr/bin/perl6 in a reasonable timeframe.
This all probably sounds more bitter than I intend it.
So I will say: I like the Perl6 syntax and some of its abstraction ideas. Maybe one day Perl6 will be a language I can use for widely-deployed programs. Current directions don't seem promising to me... but I have been wrong before, and will be more than glad if I am wrong on this one :-)