This is a subject of a talk I have given at 2 YAPC conferences: Packaging Perl Applications
Regarding PAR, Steffan Mueller has taken over the distribution, and done much in the past 6 months; I believe he may be lurking in the monastery. There's also a very active mailing list, and I recommend posting your bug reports there.
Oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
(Missquoting Janis Joplin)