(This is a copy of an email to the BioPerl mailing list)
Since we added a "Live Support Chat" link to the frontpage of the Strawberry Perl website ( http://strawberryperl.com/ ) we've noticed that one of the main types of visitors that we see in the IRC channel ( #win32 on irc.perl.org ) is biologists trying to install various
As a result, for the October 2009 release of Strawberry Perl, we've prioritised adding support for CPAN-installation of BioPerl.
Changes include a major improvement to crypto support which provides OpenSSL and support for https:// URLs, we now ship Postgres and MySQL DBI drivers in the default installation, and we have added Berkely DB support (which previously prevented us meeting the dependencies for the BioPerl distribution).
I'm happy to report that we now believe we are in a position to officially support the installation of BioPerl on Strawberry Perl.
Prior to the official release next week, we would appreciate testing from the BioPerl community.
Release candidate installers for the October release are available at the following URLs
Once installed, run Start -> Program Files -> Strawberry Perl -> CPAN Client
From the CPAN client command line, run "install BioPerl" and select
the default options.
Once installed, you should be able to do anything you do normally with a BioPerl install.
Assuming all goes well in this release, for the next release January 2010 we plan to also produce a "Strawberry Perl Professional" distribution that will bundle BioPerl as part of the default installation, as well as a Perl IDE and other useful packages.
Success or failure of the release candidate can be reported either here [the BioPerl list] or to #win32 on irc.perl.org.