FAQ 2.16: Where can I buy a commercial version of Perl?

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2.16: Where can I buy a commercial version of Perl?

    In a real sense, Perl already *is* commercial software: it has a license
    that you can grab and carefully read to your manager. It is distributed
    in releases and comes in well-defined packages. There is a very large
    user community and an extensive literature. The comp.lang.perl.*
    newsgroups and several of the mailing lists provide free answers to your
    questions in near real-time. Perl has traditionally been supported by
    Larry, scores of software designers and developers, and myriad
    programmers, all working for free to create a useful thing to make life
    better for everyone.

    However, these answers may not suffice for managers who require a
    purchase order from a company whom they can sue should anything go awry.
    Or maybe they need very serious hand-holding and contractual
    obligations. Shrink-wrapped CDs with Perl on them are available from
    several sources if that will help. For example, many Perl books include
    a distribution of Perl, as do the O'Reilly Perl Resource Kits (in both
    the Unix flavor and in the proprietary Microsoft flavor); the free Unix
    distributions also all come with Perl.


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