is PERL, a freeware in all companies?

Hi,
  Our company is planning to move from Unix platform to windows platform and so,want me to write perl scripts,replacing the existing unix shell scripts.For that we need to install perl on windows.

  My question is, how do we install perl? is it a freeware? or do we have to buy it from someone?
  Please guide me here.

Thanks!
pvsbandiAsked:
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lwadwellConnect With a Mentor Commented:
pvsbandi,

Activeperl is my prefered distribution ... more because I have been using it for many years now without any real complaints.  Would I recommend this over any other ... no, not really.  I have also used IndigoPerl and perl on cygwin without complaint.  I would not take my preference as being the best - Perl being open source is built on the same building blocks in all distributions and all should be the same.  That said, it is probably the most widely used distro out there ... that in itself is a plus.

On a slight tangent ... if I were you, I would have a look into cygwin also.  Being a *nix like environment for windows, it may allow you to keep your shell scripts (in the short term at least) nearly intact and could help the transition to a windows platform.  This is also my opinion based on this question only - I do not know the full extent of your companies changes and this may not be benefit at all.

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lwadwellCommented:
Hi pvsbandi,

Yes it is "freeware" ... although there are 'purchase' options out there.  There are several distributions for windows, I personally use the one from Activestate (http://www.activestate.com/activeperl/).

You may want to look at http://win32.perl.org/wiki/index.php?title=Win32_Distributions


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pvsbandiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input! So, you recommend using the activeperl for a company,as big as 300 employees?
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pvsbandiAuthor Commented:
Thanks man! I'll give it a try.Will keep you posted on what i find.
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