As times change, so do services, and CPAN is not an exception to that. In the recent years, a site called MetaCPAN has cropped up and it provides a more modern look & feel, easier-to-remember URLs, and an all in all nicer user experience than the classic CPAN site. It supposedly also has a nice API, but I havenít dug into that so far.
Itís a complete mirror and contains everything that the classic CPAN does. Here are some example pages:
Additional niceties include an easy switch between CPAN and BackPan versions anywhere, source code highlighting, easy links to Changes and the release browser, and more
So, having said all that ó Iíd like to have an option in the display settings for the cpan:// links to go to MetaCPAN instead of the classic site, if thatís possible.