Subject: no, not another perl release, but still hopefully interesting
To: None <>
From: Jarkko Hietaniemi <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 08/03/1999 22:04:48
If you represent an operating system vendor, you might consider
replying to the below message (of course, assuming that you get
Permission To Do So...)  Notice that I already changed Reply-To.


From: Tom Christiansen <>
To: The Perl Porters Mailing List <>
Subject: Perl Penetration
Date: Mon, 02 Aug 1999 10:10:56 -0600

Long ago and far away, I used to keep a list of the operating systems
that included Perl in their distributions.  I'd like to do this again.
But I don't myself run all operating systems.  I just have a few Linuxes,
one BSD, and a trusty old SunOS, with random other things like MkLinux
and MacOS X lying about.  I'd like to ask for help in reporting to me
what operating system comes with what version of Perl, and as of when.
Not runs on, but comes with.

I found this about Sun:

Please send me entries more or less like this sample.  No need to be
too strict; I'll reformat as needed.

    Vendor Name: 	TLA Nanosystems
    OS Name/Version:	TLAnix release
    Since when:		Summer 1995
    Perl version:	perl3.044
    Status:		standard part of installed system utility set
    Notes:		Installs v5.005_05 as "perl5", but leaves
			v3.044 as "perl".  

Status fields might also be something like "standard, but in /unsupported
dir", or "part of optionally-installed user contrib tape", or "part of
service pack 381", etc.

And yes, I am going to count each branch of Linux and of BSD separately,
so OpenBSD != NetBSD, SuSE Linux != Redhat Linux, etc.  Whether we
have separate things for SuSE Linux 5.0 versus 6.0, I don't know yet.
I'm especially interested in the other (non-free) workstation and
desktop vendors.

$jhi++; #
        # There is this special biologist word we use for 'stable'.
        # It is 'dead'. -- Jack Cohen