Some time ago, I've acknowledged the LWP::Protocol::Net::Curl existence here. Lots of things changed since then due to the feedback received, so thank you all, guys! Today, I am proud to announce the reach of the stable milestone with the version 0.011.
Which doesn't actually mean that plugging libcurl in will make your LWP-based code harder, faster, better, stronger (at least I guarantee HTTPS over SOCKS5 is less hard than the traditional way). Your mileage may vary, albeit the general CPAN Testers Reports are fine.
After all, the purpose of this module boils down to "having one single XS dependency for handling multiple protocols and formats". So, give it a try and tell me what you think!
One more thing
Does anyone know how to reach Przemysław Iskra, the author of Net::Curl? I've discovered, reported and provided a patch for one extremely slow memory leak, the source of infamous "Attempt to free unreferenced scalar: SV 0xdeadbeef during global destruction." warning. Would be very nice to see it upstreamed to the CPAN