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Perl has its own version naming problem. But there's no reason to think it would be any more stable or secure than Python, which is in the critical path of all sorts of things (not just "throwaway scripts in a startup").

If you're referring to Perl 6 versus Perl 5: that problem has been fixed by renaming Perl 6 to Raku (https://raku.org using the #rakulang tag on social media).

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