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 this at
    http://www.cpan.org/src/latest.tar.gz , which is in a standard Internet
    format (a gzipped archive in POSIX tar format).

    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, including Apple
    systems, 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 perl).


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