Nice! Some comments:
- partitions: I'm not really sure multiple partitions are worth the hassle for the beginner. There really isn't anything wrong with one big partition (I use the single-partition approach on all my machines except my server which runs LVM and mounts several of the partitions read-only/with different mount options.)
- nasty little gubbins: Is there a reason you feel the need to mess with these?
- Why are you configuring perl with "sudo ./Configure" since you are compiling and installing as your regular user? There is no need to use sudo there.
- You can use sudo aptitude build-dep perl on Debian/Ubuntu to install all the packages needed to compile perl.
Updates: To clarify, sudo aptitude build-dep perl only ensures that you have everything installed that you would need in order to compile perl (c-compiler, make, ...). It is not a way to maintain multiple perl versions on your system.
The arguments for a separate /home partition are good so indeed, someone following this guide may wish to consider /, /home, and swap. For further information check out this Linux Partitioning mini-FAQ. Especially the "Why Partition at All?" section.
Further commentary on gubbins: Indeed the gubbins should no longer be necessary on a modern system, however, I would argue that very few people actually mess with them as they do no harm. If they offend you mightily, feel free to remove them but they will pop back up whenever you re-install perl.
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