[development] PHP version stats

Earnie Boyd earnie at users.sourceforge.net
Sun Mar 25 14:33:04 UTC 2007

Quoting Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com>:

> On 3/24/07, Gerhard Killesreiter <gerhard at killesreiter.de> wrote:
>> David Metzler schrieb:
>> > Yep, I agree that this is problematic for dropping support for PHP 4.  I
>> > think that this is not likely to change until there's wider adoption for
>> > php 5 by the vendors who bundle LAMP with operating systems.  Redhat ES
>> > 4 and Mac OSX still default ship with php 4 as the default install.  My
>> > personal preference would be to hold off requiring PHP5, assuming our
>> > goal is to make drupal available to the masses :).
>> As you all should have noticed, Karoly mentioned to drop PHP4 support
>> for Drupal 7. Drupal 7 will be released at some time next(!) year.
>> The correct time to evaluate his proposition is therefore the time when
>> development of Drupal 7 starts, which will be after the release of
>> Drupal 6 later this year.
> Well said.
> By that time, several Linux distributions will have released new
>> versions and the availability of PHP5 might have increased widely.
> Some distros already include it. For example, on Ubuntu 6.10 (release
> last October) has 5.1.6, as well as the option to install 4 if you want to.

I can see an extention to the EOL for 6.0 will most likely happen 
should this venture happen.  Module maintainers would need to be up to 
speed with php 5 supported versions and there are modules still that 
have not been updated to Drupal Core 5.  Planning when this should 
occur earlier than the start of coding is a great idea because it can 
help publicize it with the module maintainers.  The real question needs 
to be will the module maintainers be ready to support such a move?


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