For you and me, it makes most sense to build our own Perl installations, but in cases where Management wants liability, a distribution like ActiveState, irrespective of OS, allows for support contracts and a sufficient level of accountability for when things go wrong. That's the only benefit, in my opinion. The product itself isn't necessarily superior to what you can get and build yourself, but the fact that they have people trained to help when problems arise makes that avenue the best (from a business point of view).
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