Strawberry Perl is free a distribution of Perl for Windkws, that comes with many commonly used modules included, and also lets you download and use at least some Perl XS-based modules (Perl modules that require a C compiler, to be installed), since it comes with a basic setup of the MinGW C oompiler and related tools. (On Linux and most other UNIX variants, this is not a problem, since C compilers and the other needed tools are typically installed by default).
According to the entry for Strawberry Perl on Wikipedia, Larry Wall, original creator of Perl, has used Strawberry Perl and says it is a good port of Perl to Windows. There is a link to a ComputerWorld interview of Larry in which he says that. See page 3 of
that Larry Wall interview.
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