What's the plan for PHP support in LTS releases?

Dale Amon amon at vnl.com
Tue Sep 23 16:47:56 UTC 2014

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 05:30:16PM +0100, Oli Warner wrote:
> We had a question on Ask Ubuntu that really got me thinking today:
> http://askubuntu.com/questions/527533/
>  - PHP 5.3 from 12.04 has already ended its community security support
> period
>  - PHP 5.5 from 14.04 will be dead by mid-2016
> Basically, PHP version die a lot quicker than our LTS releases...
> But PHP upgrades also have backwards incompatibilities so SRUing them
> through is haphazard.
> So what's the plan? Is somebody manually backporting fixes?

Just a perspective from personal experience: I can remember at
least twice when forced PHP upgrades broke web site code of major
customers of companies I was working for at the time and cost
a great deal of lost sleep.

I also remember PHP as a bug farm, but that's off topic.

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