The debian - CPAN interface
How do you get thousands of perl modules to play nicely with thousands of debian packages?
The debian-perl group integrates perl source code from CPAN into the wider debian distribution allowing users to easily handle dependencies and installation. Relying on a relatively standardized interface (CPAN) the group uses tools, often written in perl, to create packages that not only fit the debian policies with regard to 'freedom' and license but also that are easy to manage. Active maintenance and bug tracking are included in this process allowing debian to be up-to-date with a wide selection of packaged perl modules.