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PHP.net:
PHP 5.3.27 Released - PHP 5.3 Reaching End of Life
July 12, 2013 @ 09:17:15

The PHP development group has officially released the latest bugfix release in the PHP 5.3.x series - PHP 5.3.27:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.3.27. About 10 bugs were fixed, including a security fix in the XML parser (Bug #65236). Please Note: This will be the last regular release of the PHP 5.3 series. All users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.4 or PHP 5.5. The PHP 5.3 series will receive only security fixes for the next year.

You can get this latest release from the downloads page (or here for Windows users). As the update fixes a security issue, it's recommended that you upgrade (see this bug).

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Link: http://php.net/index.php#id2013-07-11-1

PHP.net:
PHP 5.4.10 and PHP 5.3.20 released!
December 21, 2012 @ 06:57:21

The PHP project has officially released versions 5.4.10 and 5.3.20 if the language:

The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 5.4.10 and PHP 5.3.20. These releases fix about 15 bugs. Please note that the PHP 5.3 series will enter an end of life cycle and receive only critical fixes as of March 2013. All users of PHP are encouraged to upgrade to PHP 5.4.

Downloads are available here (source) or here for Windows installations. The Changelog has the full list of bugs fixed these two releases. If you're interested in the migration from PHP 5.3 to 5.4 and are wondering what changes you can expect, check out this migration guide with a list of the new features and changes.

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Marco Tabini's Blog:
PHP 5.2 support ends just as its adoption begins
July 27, 2010 @ 11:16:23

In a new post to his blog Marco Tabini has voiced his opinion on the decision made by the PHP development group to set the end of life of the PHP 5.2.x series with the latest release (5.2.14).

n case you missed it, the PHP team has just released 5.2.14, which effectively ends active support for the 5.2 branch. [...] The logic behind this decision is...puzzling.

He mentions the recent announcements of a few large PHP-based projects to officially support PHP 5.2 and how, because of the large jump in functionality from pre-5.2, it might be a good idea to reconsider this (preemptive?) retirement. He adds that making a move like this without consideration to these larger products could reflect negatively on the language itself. Be sure to check out the comments for more views from other members of the community.

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WordPress Blog:
PHP 4 and MySQL 4 End of Life Announcement
July 27, 2010 @ 08:20:02

There's some huge news from the WordPress blog today - an end of life announcement that the popular blogging platform will no longer be supporting PHP4 and MySQL 4.

Our approach with WordPress has always been to make it run on common server configurations. We want users to have flexibility when choosing a host for their precious content. Because of this strategy, WordPress runs pretty much anywhere. Web hosting platforms, however, change over time, and we occasionally are able to reevaluate some of the requirements for running WordPress. Now is one of those times. You probably guessed it from the title '" we're finally ready to announce the end of support for PHP 4 and MySQL 4!

The last version that will fully support PHP4 will be v3.1 and will be released in late 2010. The next version (v3.2) will jump the requirement up to PHP 5.2. According to their statistics, only around 10% of the installs are on PHP4. They also found that less than 6% of users were on MySQL 4. See the full post for complete details.

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Symfony Blog:
3 years after symfony 1.0 Last release!
January 28, 2010 @ 09:16:38

As announced on the Symfony project's blog today, they are officially announcing the last release of the 1.0 series in favor of the 1.4 releases.

The 27th of January is kind of an important date in mankind history. Of course, everybody know it is the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the date of the invention of the light-bulb by Thomas Edison. To this list, the core team is proud to add the last release of the symfony 1.0 branch: symfony 1.0.22.

It's been three years since the first release in the 1.0.x series was made and a lot of progress has come along since then (including a few other branches) including over 163,000 lines of code, 22 stable releases and more than 300 plugins. You can grab the latest from their 1.4.x series (currently 1.4.1) from thier download page either as a package or as a checkout from their Subversion repository.

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Symfony Blog:
Symfony 1.1 end of life approaching
June 08, 2009 @ 07:51:50

If you're a symfony user and haven't upgraded your framework installation for a while, the symfony blog has a reminder for you - the End of Life for the symfony 1.1 series is coming up fast.

As announced when we released it initially, the support for the 1.1 version of symfony comes to its end - targeted for the end of June 2009. [...] For those of you who can't upgrade the PHP version they use in production, e.g. those using and running the latest long-term support RHEL, you will be pleased to know that security-related patches will be applied during one more year to the 1.1 branch. So your existing project running Symfony 1.1 on PHP 5.1 are safe until June 2010.

There's an upgrade guide to help you make the switch to the latest version.

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Marco Tabini's Blog:
Now showing PHP's true colours
August 30, 2007 @ 12:27:00

Marco Tabini (of php|architect) has posted some thoughts to his blog about the PHP4 end-of-life announcement and its relations to the current push to go PHP5 - mainly how it relates to hosting providers.

I'm sure that a large number are owners of small hosting firms - which, by far, provide the vast majority of PHP-powered websites that Netcraft carefully tracks for us - that sell cheap shared hosting. [...] If you provide shared-hosting plans, it's likely that your servers are still running PHP 4. Upgrading to PHP 5 is a logistical nightmare for two reasons: first, you don't necessarily know that you'll be able to properly set up and secure your systems; second, you don't know that your customers' applications will keep on running.

Both reasons can cause very different kinds of hassles for the hoster, especially when it comes to their customers. As Marco puts it "hell hath no fury like a customer scorned". When things are going smoothly, everything's good, but the second that you try to explain that the update is what's good for them, all they see are things breaking and freak out.

He suggests only one real solution - make the move and tell the customers now that things are changing. Help them all you can (with information about updated software and resources) but ultimately it's up to them to make the change.

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Henri Bergius' Blog:
Next Midgard will be PHP5 only
August 01, 2007 @ 07:48:00

According to Henri Bergius, the next version of the Midgard software will be PHP5 only:

It took us a while to get here, but Midgard is finally entering a release cycle which will drop support for PHP4. The reasons are quite clear: simplicity and speed. The whole PHP4 end of life business has caused quite a bit of discussion in the PHP community.

The group chose to go PHP5 only for speed reasons (like advancements in their Query_Builder component) and the new features that PHP5 will allow in their MidCOM component.

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PHP.net:
PHP 4 end of life announcement
July 13, 2007 @ 07:19:44

As of today (mentioned in this post on PHP.net) the PHP4 life cycle is finally coming to a close:

Today it is exactly three years ago since PHP 5 has been released. In those three years it has seen many improvements over PHP 4. PHP 5 is fast, stable & production-ready and as PHP 6 is on the way, PHP 4 will be discontinued.

The PHP development team hereby announces that support for PHP 4 will continue until the end of this year only. After 2007-12-31 there will be no more releases of PHP 4.4. We will continue to make critical security fixes available on a case-by-case basis until 2008-08-08. Please use the rest of this year to make your application suitable to run on PHP 5.

They link to a migration guide for users moving up from PHP4 to PHP5 including guides for the PHP 5.0 to 5.1 switch and the PHP 5.1 to 5.2 switch.

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