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Re^4: Why should I use perl 5.10?

by del (Pilgrim)
on Dec 02, 2007 at 00:58 UTC ( #654370=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Why should I use perl 5.10?
in thread Why should I use perl 5.10?

Only if Debian or SPI can satisfactorily convince the legal department that they can indemnify the company in the event of a lawsuit claiming that protected IP made its way into $MODULE. Otherwise, $company may approve a specific Debian release, but any updates would need a renewed approval.

Some @BigLinuxVendors provide this indemnification, or at least enough of it to keep the lawyers happy.

Also, not all companies are 100% Linux in the datacenter. The Perl provided by @BigUNIXVendors is automatically approved. If they also approve Perl 5.10, then its core modules are also approved. Individual module additions or updates will require explicit approval in many cases.

Sure, it sounds like a Brazil-esque nightmare of bureaucracy; but the rationale is the continued well-being of the company and -- by proxy -- the continued employment of the staff. Big money attracts lawsuits, and many companies would rather go about their business than fight the next SCO.

So, back to the topic, some may want to use Perl 5.10 because it is the easiest way to get Nifty::New::Modules.

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Re^5: Why should I use perl 5.10?
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Dec 02, 2007 at 06:47 UTC

    Perhaps big companies should consider instead trying to change the business climate where companies such as SCO can pull their shenanigans instead of prohibiting the use of good things.

    At least, big companies that do stupid things should have the good grace to fail noisily and rapidly so the rest of us can say "You know, let's not do that."

    Please note that Perl 6 will only include those modules absolutely necessary to download and install new modules.

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