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including more modules in core, maxi perl distros or more modules in Linux/BSD/Unix/etc. distros?

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From:
Gabor Szabo
Date:
May 26, 2007 01:53
Subject:
including more modules in core, maxi perl distros or more modules in Linux/BSD/Unix/etc. distros?
Message ID:
d8a74af10705260153t8a63fd9v49de5c39545667ee@mail.gmail.com
The issue of enlarging the perl core  came up again in the thread
about  "Add Test::Pod and Test::Pod::Coverage to core".

It might be a good idea to add several selected modules to the core
but in general
there are over 10.000 modules on CPAN and there are several thousands
that are actually useful to many people. So it will be hard to decide
which one to include
and will take lots of work.

Some maxi-perl distribution will probably have the same problem as
there is a bottleneck at the pumking level. There are just too few
people who are both capable and having the time to do the job.

I would rather suggest to work towards easier installation of the
modules on various platforms. That includes CPAN.pm and CPANPLUS.pm
but IMHO we should encourage inclusion of many more modules in the
various Linux/BSD/Unix/etc. distros in their native format.

I have generated some stats here: http://www.szabgab.com/distributions/
and started to write up something I call CPAN::Porters:
http://search.cpan.org/dist/CPAN-Porters/


Gabor

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