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  • Definitely better than AS. Compile environment included. No futzing w/PPM and VC/.NET1/NET2 libs and compilers.
    • The only thing that scared me off Strawberry was "An alpha release of Strawberry Perl is under development". How stable is it?
      • It's pretty stable -- in the sense that it's not likely to unexpectedly go belly-up on you. That said, there are substantial issues with many modules on win32 -- but that's not the fault of Vanilla/Strawberry. If a module compiles and passes its tests, then it should to be stable after that.

        Major missing piece right now: external libraries. We're working on that.

        The "alpha" in part reflects that fact that the installer package itself is evolving. Eventually, we plan to target 5.8.9 as the release ve

        • I'd also add that the other reason it's alpha is because we have high standards for what would be considered "production" quality.

          For example, CPAN modules installing on Strawberry still generate man pages, when it's highly likely people won't have man, or won't use it anyway. perldoc will almost always be enough.

          pl2bat isn't as nice as it should be.

          A half a dozen other nigglies still don't work quite clean enough yet, compared to how they should.

          And as dagolden mentions, there's a number of modules we wrote improvements to that won't ship in the core until 5.8.9, so we won't have a perfectly clean "core + Bundle::CPAN" state until 5.8.9.

          Once Strawberry is flagged as "production" it should be very very stable and mostly Just Work the way people would expect.