ISVs providing Linux downloads
Posted Sep 14, 2012 16:55 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: ISVs providing Linux downloads
Parent article: Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop
Perl is in the same ballpark as PHP, Python, Ruby, TCL, PHP and other popular Linux scripting languages: totally incompatible between versions at the C ABI level. You can not even link two modules together in a single program if they use different versions of Perl!
The only sane way to use it is to never use it as a glue code and bundle one specific version of the interpreter with your application (this is how OpenOffice uses python on Windows, BTW). Now, what distribution developers think about this idea? Yeah, I've hear the howls, they are loud and clear.
No, Perl is very much part of the problem, not part of the solution. It (like bazillion other things in Linux) is created with the assumption that you can “recompile the world”.
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