The strictperl experiment by chromatic, and the strict-by-default patch by Steffen Mueller, will help me explain what approaches are right or wrong in dealing with Perl 5 evolutions.
strictperl is, as chromatic puts it, unilaterally enabling strict for all code not run through -e. Unsurprisingly, that breaks a lot of code. And I mean a lot, as in "most". Not only on the DarkPAN (I seldom use strict for scripts of four lines), on the CPAN (I have modules that will break under strictperl), but in the core itself. chromatic mentions Exporter and vars as modules that break under it. Well, of course they break. Their very purpose is to manipulate symbols by name, which is exactly the kind of thing that strict prevents. (Incidentally all code that uses Exporter or vars can't run under strict perl, and I think that's most of the Perl code out there actually.) That is why chromatic added a separate makefile target to build strictperl: if the patch was going in perl itself, perl couldn't be even built! That's how broken it is.
It's certainly interesting to dive in Perl's internals, but to experiment with enabling strict on a global level, a simple source filter would have been sufficient. One could have written one in ten minutes, including time to look up the documentation, and it would have been immediately obvious afterwards why it was a bad idea. Except to chromatic, who still thinks it's (quoting) a feature I believe is worth considering.
So now let's look at Steffen Mueller's solution, which is strictperl done right, and which is already in bleadperl.
Currently, with bleadperl, a simple use 5.11.0 will enable strictures in the current lexical scope, like use strict would do, but implicitly. (It will also enable features, but that's unrelated.) Look:
$ bleadperl -e 'use 5.11.0; print $foo'
Global symbol "$foo" requires explicit package name at -e line 1.
Execution of -e aborted due to compilation errors.
Moreover, like in chromatic's strictperl, a simple -e or -E won't enable them, because strictures are not wanted for one-liners.
That way, we don't break code that doesn't want strictures, (actually we don't break anything at all that doesn't require 5.11.0 already, it's completely backwards compatible), but it's still removing some boilerplate for default strictness if you're requesting a perl recent enough.
Steffen's patch itself is not very recent, but I didn't apply it to bleadperl immediately, because I disagreed with the implementation. As you can see in the sources, it uses Perl_load_module to load the file strict.pm and execute its import() method. That's very slow. I applied it when I got around to make it faster with the next commit, which replaces that method call by just flipping three bits on an internal integer variable.
All this goodness is coming to you in Perl 5.12 when someone will be willing to take the pumpking's hat.
Next time, I'll explain why enabling warnings by default is not a good idea.