Pierre-Alain Joye has a new note on his blog today about the release of a new version of his Zip package and his efforts to get it included in the upcoming PHP 5.2.0.
I released zip-1.6.0 on wednesday. This release contains no bug fixes and no new feature. In the past weeks, many zip users asked me when I will bundle it in PHP. I cannot bundle extensions without asking the internals list. I steped in and ask to bundle it in 5.2.0, it was hard but finally sucessful.
For the inclusion, he's change the name of the archive to "ZipArchive" from just "Zip" in an effort to clarify what the package is for (archiving versus zip code related functionality).