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I am familiar with CPAN. I am also used to using Activestate's PPM to install packages, resorting to CPAN ONLY when PPM does not list a package that is of interest.
Understand, I do not have a problem using CPAN. Rather, it is an issue such that it is a bit of a nuisance to use. You see, I have a neuropathy that affects my hands and feet (adversely affecting the speed and precision with which I can type) and anything , such as Activestate's PPM, which reduces the amount of typing I have to do, is greatly appreciated. With PPM, I am presented with a list of packages, and I can select each package of interest and mark it as a package that I want to install. I can then use the menu to tell it to go ahead and install (or upgrade) all of the packages I selected. This is much easier that having to manually type out in full the package names I want in CPAN.
Hence my question. Is there something equivalent to PPM available for Linux (I have both OpenSuse and Ubuntu machines - and need to ensure they both have the same packages installed as are installed on the Windows boxes I must work on)?
I have recently encountered cpanm and cpanp. Do either of them significantly ease installing packages? If not, what advantage do they provide over cpan? Are they worth the extra time I would need to put in to take full advantage of them (whatever those advantages may be)?
I am facing installing several dozens of packages on these Linux boxes, and am not looking forward to having to type their full names to do so.
Any help would be appreciated.