Apparently there is something wrong with my new version of the Compress module
What happens if, in the cpan shell, you run:
For me, that runs flawlessly, and I think I have the same build of Strawberry as you - according to perl -V
my Strawberry Perl was "Compiled at Oct 19 2008 15:47:04" (near the end of the output). Do you have the same ?
Note that I usually download and build modules manually - I rarely use CPAN.pm, don't know much about its workings, and have no interest in troubleshooting it on Strawberry or anywhere else - but I am prepared to try and assist with matters relating to the general configuration and workability of Strawberry Perl. Normally, however, "the general configuration and workability of Strawberry Perl" is taken care of automatically when Strawberry Perl is installed (so it's rather unusual that any assistance with this is ever required).