Strawberry is different from ActiveState in that it does match closely to the way that Unix ports behave, and it accepts the use of CPAN to install CPAN packages, which generally work just as expected. It's a bit of a surprise how you must set up environment variables like PERL5LIB (you have to use an obscure system control-panel feature), but otherwise it works out very much like "using Perl as a non-root user."
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