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Tuesday December 23, 2008
06:17 AM

Do Canonical support Perl?

[ #38137 ]

Canonical sell support for Ubuntu. But their service level agreements merely state A full list of supported packages for each release is provided upon request.

Does anyone know offhand if Perl is in Ubuntu's list? And if so, what other CPAN modules that they package? I'm curious, but I'm not going to spin a yarn about being interested in buying something from them just to get to the point of finding out.

Red Hat, in contrast, are much clearer:

If we ship it, we... support

  • Installation
  • Usage
  • Configuration
  • Diagnosis
  • Bug fixes (dependent on Product Life Cycle)
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  • ... and that's they seem to ship less CPAN modules every release.

    • Yes, but for those that they do ship, you get support! Isn't that good? :-)

      Whereas Ubuntu may (or may not) be supporting any of the plethora that the ship. Which was why I was curious as to whether anyone knew what Ubuntu say that they support.

  • When I look in Synaptic Package Manager and select the "perl" package (which has an ubuntu icon next to the checkbox), at the bottom it says "Canonical provides critical updates for perl until May 2010". It says that about other packages like "ubuntu-desktop". Note: ubuntu releases every six months, so presumably updates then. (I just had an update (in intrepid) to perl's package today.)

    I'm not sure how best to go about finding which CPAN modules there are. My attempt used `dpkg -l '*-perl' |cut -d " " -f 3

    • Aha. I use the command line package tools so didn't think of looking there. On this Ubuntu 8.04 Synaptic Package Manager is not helpful enough to tell me that, nor does it offer any clue (such as a mouse over tooltip) on what the untitled column with an Ubuntu icon means. I have to look through all the menu options to find "Icon Legend" on the Help menu, which brings up a dialogue that explains them. At which point I find out that this icon means "supported", but nowhere does it say how long for.

      However, I