in reply to blaming perl for not using a build policy
Most programmers don't want to deal with system issues; that's one of the reasons for getting a Linux distro you like; so you don't have to compile everything yourself.
If your code is going to be distributed widely, then you have little control over what Perl is going to be running it anyway.
I think the article's author has a good point... Redhat is undoubtedly doing some damage to Perl because they are distributing a bad version of Perl. I agree that one should expect their distribution to contain a non-broken and performant copy of Perl.