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Wednesday December 19, 2007
12:06 AM

ActivePerl beats Strawberry Perl to releasing 5.10 :(

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Darn! It looks like the ActiveState team has beaten me to the punch, releasing a new ActivePerl before I was able complete the new Strawberry Perl.

This caught me totally off guard, because the last few Perl releases it's taken a few weeks before the matching ActivePerl came out, so I thought I might have a few days leeway.

My HOPE, of course, is that this is a positive response to competition on their behalf.

Relatively shortly after the original Vanilla/Strawberry releases came out showing how to do MinGW integration, ActivePerl added the ability to use MinGW as well.

Now they've improved their release timing to within 24 hours of the official tarball.

Lets hope the positive competition continues. :)

P.S. I've uploaded Perl::Dist 0.5 which is the major new release of the build tools I've creating Strawberry with. Hopefully this version won't blow up the CPAN Testers boxes :)

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  • I recently tried to install Strawberry Perl on my Windows box here at the BBC, but it failed drastically. I was going to make a bug report, but got distracted and now can't recall the problem.

    That's when I tried to switch to AS Perl and quickly remembered why I want Strawberry Perl to succeed. Their build pages once again fail to make clear why a build failed, their issues with core modules kill me and I have strange failures for some of my modules where I can't debug them with their information. PPM d

    • Bug reports would be awesome...

      The only failure I'm aware of at the present time of note is the Vista MinGW bug, meaning that Strawberry is not Vista-compatible.

      Which is weird, because it USED to be Vista-compatible at beta 1 (the last Vista machine I had a chance to test on).
    • That's strange, I've got Strawberry installed on my equally locked down box.

      Maybe you needed to set up your HTTP proxy vars or something.