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  • I don't like the idea of alternative Perl cores. I'd prefer add-on packages, which would be like bundles, except they'd include everything and the kitchen sink, for specific distros. They'd include everything but the core perl distro.

    It would be a bit like PPM distributions for ActivePerl, or APTGET packages for some distros of Linux.

    The good thing is that there is no clash if you want the module bundles of two different "cores". You ought to be able to just install both, without installing Perl twice.

    There's a bit of a problem using CPAN to build some bundles, but it gets a lot worse if it needs external libraries. DBD::SQLite has the right idea: it includes the library. That makes life a lot easier for people trying to install it. Of course, there's the little matter of the license for the library... And so it begins.

    People should not have to be computer geeks just to build a usable Perl setup.