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Re: ActiveState Perl 5.6 package repository password protected?

by Intrepid (Deacon)
on Mar 02, 2010 at 01:51 UTC ( #826048=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to ActiveState Perl 5.6 package repository password protected?

another posterwrote

No comment on what ActiveState is doing,
but I will comment on it.

Since Perl 5.6 is an ancient release in perspective, the only parties likely to still be running a 5.6.X installation are companies with tiny IT staff that are involved in Perl. So your company is one of those and what's more, it is a `MS Windows shop´ so the whole `release early, release often´ notion, along with other parts of the Open Source approach, are probably not familiar memes or logical ideas for the management.

I really think that people who work in Open-Source embracing businesses are happier in their worklife.

Aside from you and your possible plans to now update your resumé, ActiveState has historically had trouble maintaining a good image in the Open Source universe because of problems of various sorts. They might not feel like they have that much to lose by making a choice that penalizes the users of the very old release and the package repository that supports it. It's a logically defensible choice on their part. Another way to do it would have been to say `OK, we'll keep this repo open for free, but every question or complaint that gets directed at our company regarding packages from it will get a formula response to the effect that we've terminated support for this release of Perl (5.6.X), sorry

If you're a company with a chequered history of having users speak well of you in the past, a company dealing in support of an Open Source product or products, then it might not seem like that big a deal to invite a little more complaining by a move like this; and you may generate a little bit of additional income in the bargain.

You might want to be aware, at least, of the other options available in Perl distribution kits for MS Windows.


Comment on Re: ActiveState Perl 5.6 package repository password protected?
Re^2: ActiveState Perl 5.6 package repository password protected?
by fwashbur (Sexton) on Mar 02, 2010 at 02:37 UTC

    Hey guys thanks for the comments. I get the picture. I've been quite frustrated with our inability to move forward to 5.8 and we waited so long that now we really should be considering 5.10. I guess I have a new proposal to make. Thanks for the tips and comments.

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