As a Perl module author, I believe there are multiple ways of building/installing Perl modules for ActivePerl: PPM, nmake, CPAN or even CPANPLUS. It's documented in perlmodinstall(1).
If there's a PPM I'll use PPM (since it is pre-tested). If not, I'll try to built it myself with CPAN or nmake.
I understand that ActiveState is a commercial company and I can do not much about it. But we have several alternative solutions anyway.
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