The Perl community seems abuzz about the cool new cpanminus client by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa. After about two weeks of development, this is a reasonably functional CPAN client with just a fraction of the overhead, complexity and verbosity of the CPAN and CPANPLUS clients that come with the Perl core.
I've been working on yet another CPAN client cpanminus and it's got a lot of attentions and great feedbacks so far. I don't have yet much time to write about it but David Golden who maintains a lot of CPAN ecosystem infrastructure such as Module::Build, Test::Reporter and CPAN.pm, has kindly written a great post reflecting the views from CPAN toolchain people. You must read.
Also, I appreciate your excitement and kind words on cpanminus but please do not just trash CPAN(PLUS). Criticism is fine, but calling them bloated is just too lame. They have reasons for their flexibilities and verbosities to make sure it works everywhere everytime, which cpanminus can fortunately ignore.