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What are they afraid of? Bugs? Your OS has bugs. So does your database. Paying lots of money, or writing it yourself does not preclude bugs. However, with CPAN modules you have the source, so you can do as much investigation as you need to before putting that code into production. Add in extra logging, throw torture tests at it, etc. This is the beauty of having the source.
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