The great thing about mixing with more people face to face is that you discover things that most people won't necesarily be bothered about enough to send you email or a bug report.
During YAPC::NA, a couple of interesting problems were described to me that might help explain some of the discrepancies I've been seeing in Strawberry download numbers, compared to cpan.strawberryperl.com download numbers.
Firstly, a few people mentioned that there's no way to get more information about Strawberry for people that care about these things. What is it made from, what things does it include, what comes bundled, etc etc. The website is just too lacking in information.
While I don't have time to fix this right away in a heavy way, I've started by adding a link to win32.perl.org on the front page. I'll give this a few weeks and see how things turn out, then after OSCON (and after the Strawberry Portable release) I'll see if there's anything more that can be done.
Secondly, after helping a friend of Schwern's to install Strawberry, I realised I've made something of a silly assumption.
The friend in question was in the typical position of being a Unix Sysadmin/DBA but had a Windows laptop due to corporate policy. But after installing Strawberry Perl, she hadn't even considered that she should launch the command line, in fact she didn't even know how, because she'd never had to before.
This exposes something of a problem, because although Strawberry Perl is intended for experienced Unix people, the assumption that such people will connect "runs like on Unix" to "use the Windows command line" is wrong.
Further, this also exposes the problem that people that SHOULD be using Chocolate rather than Strawberry currently don't actually have Chocolate at all. But word of mouth continues to push them towards Strawberry.
So I think I need to take a look at providing a bit more information to help people after the installation is complete.
I'm wondering if a simple screencast would be enough, your thoughts?