It's at the usual place:

This fixes the bugs that were in Beta 1, adds some polish, and updates all modules.

If your modules are in Strawberry, consider this your warning: the minicpan will be pulled in 96 hours - 11pm Wednesday the 21st GMT - for the release candidates.

Right now, I'm using it as a basis for Strawberry Perl Professional ( Alpha 2 - I'm doing a test compilation right now, and have been for the last 2 days.

See the next post for the news about that.


Well, the final version of perl 5.12.0 has been integrated into the build process for a few days now.

The reason it hasn't been released yet is that there are a few final things I've been working on:

  1. A C++ custom action to do the "perl relocation" step. Beta 1 actually called the Perl script that the zip file will use - and while that's fast enough, it's not as robust as I'd feel comfortable with. I wrote it as a separate executable, it works, now I just have to connect the C++ code to Windows Installer, and that is not looking as easy as I expected... but it should be done today, if everything goes well. (My sister is moving out, and I'll need to help her today, too.)
  2. I've heard reports of crashes on 64-bit systems during uninstallation - I want to get on fixing that as soon as #1 is done.
  3. It's going to take 8 hours after those two things are done to build Strawberry Perl, and then 4 more hours or so to upload it.

24-36 hours, I hope (48 at the most), and Beta 2 will be announced here, and will include a 5.12.0 final.

This means that the April 2010 final version (not Beta 2) will be the last version of Strawberry Perl 5.8.9 built. It'll still be supported for a while (how long is up for discussion - I'm thinking until the October 2010 releases, myself), but I'd encourage moving to 5.10.1 or 5.12.x.

I've been remiss in posting this here - the Strawberry Perl beta has been updated for about 4 days now - but it's time to announce that the last beta for Strawberry Perl is now available.

I've gotten permission from Adam Kennedy to move the download page onto the Strawberry Perl site at, so July 2009 Beta 3 can be downloaded there. Support information is still at my personal site.

In addition to the improvements described on the download and support pages, I also changed the images used in the installer to higher-color images, so that people with better monitors and graphics cards aren't restricted to what I could put into 256 colors.

Along with that, I've updated Perl::Dist::Padre to use the same build process as the Strawberry betas (I'll put a dev release of the module on CPAN soon), and released a first beta of a Windows Installer version of Padre Standalone.

This distribution includes the modules updated from July 2009 Beta 3, the modules the Padre editor relies on, and the Padre editor itself.

It does not include any plugins at the moment, but those should be easy to install, as it is based on Strawberry Perl, and has the same capability to use CPAN and CPANPLUS.

It still looks like Strawberry (in fact, it installs in c:\strawberry, so please do NOT install this on top of Strawberry at the moment, or the other way around) and it does not have any additional links for Padre at the moment.

It is at

Support for the DISTRIBUTION is under the same rules as the Strawberry Perl betas.

Support for Padre is through the normal channels for the editor.
Well, Strawberry Perl (July 2009) Beta 2 is now up and available.

What does this mean?

Two things.

1: The uninstall bug that was in Beta 1 is now fixed.
2: DBD::Pg and DBD::mysql are now included (although the version of DBD::mysql that's included is old enough that help compiling an up-to-date version would be helpful)

The purpose of the beta process for the July 2009 version of Strawberry Perl is to get the bugs out of the .msi installer [also known as the "fourth-generation" installer] and have first-class support of open-source databases. DBD::SQLite has been improved, DBD::ODBC was in April 2009, and now PostgreSQL and MySQL will be supported.

If you want to help, go to to download it and help out the cause. Let me know of any bugs.



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