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PHP.net:
PHP 5.5 RC3 is available
June 10, 2013 @ 10:21:28

The PHP development group has released the latest Release Candidate for the PHP 5.5 series - Release Candidate 3. This is a development preview, so it's not to be used in production but all testing is appreciated.

To get the full changelog, please, check the NEWS file attached to the archive. For source downloads of PHP 5.5.0RC3 please visit the download page, Windows binaries can be found on windows.php.net/qa/. We were pleased if you could test this release candidate against your code base and report any problems that you encounter to the QA mailing list and/or the PHP bug tracker. Thanks you helping us making PHP better.

Bugs fixed in this release include issues causing segfaults, buffer overflows and truncation of data when hashing with hash_pbkdf2.`

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-06-06-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.0RC2 is available
May 24, 2013 @ 09:55:27

On PHP.net today they've announced the release of the latest Release Candidate in the PHP 5.5.x series - PHP 5.5.0RC2.

The PHP development team announces the availability of the second release candidate of PHP 5.5. This release fixes some bugs against RC1 and improves overall stability. [...] Please help us to identify bugs in order to ensure that the release is solid and all things behave as expected. Please test this release candidate against your code base and report any problems that you encounter to the QA mailing list and/or the PHP bug tracker.

Issues corrected include a segfault when memory was used up, an issue with mbstring in PHPT tests in Windows x64 and a problem with custom exceptions. You can find the full list of changes in the NEWS file. Please download this latest release candidate (Windows here) and test it out on your systems.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-05-23-1

Brandon Savage:
Compiling PHP 5.5 From Scratch
May 15, 2013 @ 09:48:41

Brandon Savage has a new post to his site today showing you how to compile and install PHP 5.5, the next major upcoming release for the language (in RC status as of the time of this post though).

There's always a lag behind new releases of PHP and releases of packages for operating systems such as Ubuntu. This lag time means that you could be kept from upgrading to the latest and greatest PHP for a year or more, unless you use an outside repository like Dotdeb. [...] Instead, I roll my own version of PHP. It's simple and easy to do, and something that any developer can do. Here's my instructions for doing so on a fresh Ubuntu installation.

He gives a reason or two why you might want to "roll your own" installation and helps you get the environment prepared via some "aptitude" install commands for supporting software. Commands are included for installing needed dependencies, configuring/building PHP and updating Apache to use this new install. He finishes it up with a few smaller things to do like making the php.ini and enabling the Zend opcode caching extension.

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Link: http://www.brandonsavage.net/compiling-php-5-5-from-scratch

PHP.net:
PHP 5.5.0RC1 is available
May 09, 2013 @ 10:27:24

As is mentioned on PHP.net today, the first release candidate for the PHP 5.5.x series, PHP 5.5.0RC1, has been released for testing:

The PHP development team announces the availability of the first release candidate of PHP 5.5. This release fixes some bugs as well as some possible leaks from our last beta. This is a development preview - do not use it in production!

Some of the more major changes in this release include an update to the FPM SAPI for QUERY_STRING, a fix for a build issue with libgd, bugs in SNMP and a problem with stream_select on Windows x64 systems. You can find the full list of changes in the NEWS file. Please download and test (Windows binaries here) this latest release to help the development team find issues and move along with the PHP 5.5.x releases.

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-05-09-2

Community News:
PHP 5.3.18RC1 & PHP 5.4.8RC1 Released for Testing
October 05, 2012 @ 09:22:53

The latest Release Candidates in the PHP 5.3.x and 5.4.x series and are available for download and testing - PHP 5.3.18RC1 and PHP 5.4.8RC1:

We've released PHP 5.3.18RC1 and 5.4.8RC1. This is a regular bugfix release, the full list of issues fixed can be found in the NEWS files. Please test and report if anything is broken. If no critical issues is found in this RC, the final version will be released in two weeks.

Bugs fixed in this release include issues with is_callable, the catching of an exception in an __autoload call, fixes for the SOAP an dSPL extensions as well as updates to the CLI server (501 response, PATCH support) and changes to the DOM, FPM and cURL extensions. You can download these latest Candidates and get testing here:

5.3.18RC1:

5.4.8RC1:

Windows binaries for both as always are at: http://windows.php.net/qa/

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.1RC2 Released for Testing
April 13, 2012 @ 12:19:06

As mentioned on the main PHP.net site, the latest Release Candidate for the PHP 5.4.x series is now available for testing:

This is the 2nd release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. The release candidate fixes a critical issue when using the internal classes in multiple threads. A complete list of changes since the last release candidate can be found in the NEWS file.

The source packages can be downloaded from the main QA site and the Windows binary packages from the Windows QA site.

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.0 RC8 released
February 24, 2012 @ 08:46:15

The PHP project has officially announced the latest release candidate for the upcoming PHP 5.4.0 series - PHP 5.4.0 RC8.

The PHP development team would like to announce the 8th release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION! This is the 8th release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. No new features should be included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0.

Improvements in this release include bugfixes for an issues with htmlspecialchars/htmlentities as well as improving on the "max_input_vars" configuration setting to work better with nested variables. You can find the full list of changes in the NEWS file and download the release for testing from the QA site (Windows binaries).

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PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.0RC4 Released!
December 28, 2011 @ 08:55:32

The latest version of PHP in the 5.4.0 release candidate series has been posted - PHP 5.4.0 RC4, complete with new features and lots of bugfixes.

The PHP development team is proud to announce the 4th release candidate of PHP 5.4. PHP 5.4 includes new language features and removes several legacy (deprecated) behaviours. Windows binaries can be downloaded from the Windows QA site. THIS IS A RELEASE CANDIDATE - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION! This is the 4th release candidate. The release candidate phase is intended as a period of bug fixing prior to the stable release. No new features should be included before the final version of PHP 5.4.0.

Updates in this release candidate include an update to the max_input_vars directive and a fix for a segfault in the traits code. You can find the full notes for the release in the NEWS file and can download the latest from the PHP.net site - source downloads, Windows binaries.

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Community News:
PHP 5.4.0beta1 Released for Testing
September 16, 2011 @ 12:12:22

The PHP development team has released the latest beta version of the PHP 5.4.x series for testing - 5.4.0beta1.

Release candidates are development packages released to check if any critical problems have slipped into the code during the previous development period. Release candidates are NOT for production use, they are for testing purposes only even though in most cases there are almost no differences between the general availability (GA) release and the last RC. You can help the PHP Team and yourself detect problems by installing and testing release candidates on your own (non-production!) server.

You're encouraged to compile this version on your platform and include the "make test" command in the process to report any issues found directly back to the PHP dev group. Windows users can find the latest binaries over on windows.php.net.

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Johannes Schluter's Blog:
PHP 5.3.1RC2
October 22, 2009 @ 13:06:47

Johannes Schluter has posted about the release of the latest Release Candidate of the PHP 5.3.x series - PHP 5.3.1RC2.

Just a quick heads-up: After quite some time from RC1 PHP 5.3.1RC2 has finally been packaged and released. The PHP bug tracker is welcoming reports about issues, I also welcome positive feedback.

Here's the links to the downloads: tar.bz2, tar.gz and Windows binaries.

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