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Thursday April 17, 2008
09:01 AM

Strawberry Perl 5.8.8 is now available

[ #36174 ]

After a bug report about the start menu entries not working on April Strawberry, I decided I needed to do an update release.

At the same time, I had another shot at a feature I'd missed out on having ready by the second Monday in April, multi-variant distribution support.

The implementation of the variant-generator is provided by Perl::Dist::Machine. It's simple and linear at the moment, and although it takes around 4 hours to run now, that's totally fine by me.

What it does mean though is that for the refresh release the number of available distributions has increased from two to five!

First off, the refreshed packages for Perl 5.10.0. These contain no additional features, and fix only the broken start menu entries (and automatically pick up a couple of minor updates to a handful of bundled modules). For current (April) users, there is no need whatsoever to upgrade (unless you REALLY care about the start menu links). (2000/XP/2003, 18MB) (2000/XP/2003, 36MB)

Second are the new 5.8.8 packages, which contains an identical set of bundled modules, with only the core different. (2000/XP/2003, 17MB) (2000/XP/2003, 35MB)

Finally, I've added a new release of the specialized "Bootstrap Perl" distribution. This is basically a build of Strawberry Perl 5.10.0 that also bundles all the dependencies of Perl::Dist, and lives in a separate C:\bootperl directory.

The purpose of Bootstrap Perl is to provide a Perl install that can be used (by myself or others) when working on Strawberry development, or when building custom Perl distribution. I may add some extra stuff to it over time to assist in building Perl::Dist distros. (2000/XP/2003, 18MB)

As per last time, I'll let these links sit here for 24 hours or so before I update the Strawberry website, post any failures in the comments.

Thanks again.

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