FAQ 2.1 What machines support perl? Where do I get it?

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2.1: What machines support perl?  Where do I get it?

    The standard release of perl (the one maintained by the perl development
    team) is distributed only in source code form. You can find the latest
    releases at http://www.cpan.org/src/README.html .

    Perl builds and runs on a bewildering number of platforms. Virtually all
    known and current Unix derivatives are supported (perl's native
    platform), as are other systems like VMS, DOS, OS/2, Windows, QNX, BeOS,
    OS X, MPE/iX and the Amiga.

    Binary distributions for some proprietary platforms can be found
    http://www.cpan.org/ports/ directory. Because these are not part of the
    standard distribution, they may and in fact do differ from the base perl
    port in a variety of ways. You'll have to check their respective release
    notes to see just what the differences are. These differences can be
    either positive (e.g. extensions for the features of the particular
    platform that are not supported in the source release of perl) or
    negative (e.g. might be based upon a less current source release of


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