[development] "Go PHP 5" for MediaWiki

David Strauss david at fourkitchens.com
Sun Jun 10 01:22:47 UTC 2007

Some of my friends in the open-source CMS community have created a
movement called "GoPHP5" which will eventually reside at GoPHP5.org.
We're trying to encourage projects to -- as of February 2008 -- drop
support for versions of PHP prior to 5.2. This would not mean older
versions that support PHP 4 would be abandoned, just that new releases
would only officially support PHP >= 5.2.

This is an effort to have web hosts support modern PHP versions. Right
now, there is little incentive for web hosts to upgrade because so many
web applications support PHP 4 and old versions of PHP 5.

We'd like to get MediaWiki on-board. Because the current version of
MediaWiki already requires PHP 5 and runs on PHP 5.2 without problems,
this would not be as jarring to MediaWiki as it would be to projects
that still release new PHP 4-compatible versions. Currently, we're in
talks with Drupal, Joomla, CakePHP, Symfony (already in), Symfony's
partner projects, Gallery, and WordPress.


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