Rakudo Star 2017.01 is a useful and usable production distribution of Perl 6 which supports the latest Christmas Perl 6 (6.c language version).
Windows users can directly install the most recent 64 bit or 32 bit MSI of Rakudo Star from the download directory
Mac users can directly install using the most recent .dmg from the same location
Docker users can directly install with docker pull rakudo-star
People on UNIX-like systems can try out Rakudo Star from an extracted source tarball.
You will need recent versions of perl, git, make and gcc. Also a basic familiarity with UNIX.
For full instructions see http://rakudo.org/how-to-get-rakudo/
A quick start for Linux/Mac/BSD/Cygwin etc. follows:
% wget https://rakudo.perl6.org/downloads/star/rakudo-star-2017.01.tar.gz % tar xfz rakudo-star-2017.01.tar.gz % cd rakudo-star-2017.01 # perl Configure.pl --gen-moar --prefix /opt/rakudo-star-2017.01 # make install
Developers interested in tracking the latest versions to help with Perl 6 itself are recommended to consider rakudobrew.
For full rakudobrew instructions see https://github.com/tadzik/rakudobrew