It just needs -fPIC instead of -fpic, and the hints/linux.sh doesn't quite do
the check properly. Patch attached to this bug to resolve the issue.
Created attachment 89868 [details]
perl 5.8.0 patch to fix sparclinux builds
This patch got added at some point, perl 5.8.1 works fine on sparc.
Closing as RAWHIDE.