Red Hat will provide PHP 5.5 for RHEL-6
Stability addicts can keep quiet, PHP 5.3.3 is still the standard version provided with RHEL-6.
RHSCL 1.0 users can also keep quiet, the php54 collection is still there. It's even enhanced with the Zend OPcache extension (php-pecl-zendopcache).
We'll soon have an official and supported way to install PHP version 5.4 or 5.5, beside the system version, without any effect on installed components. Announcement tells the life cycle will be 3 years.
It's a beta version, published for evaluation purpose.
For more information about installation and use, you can read my previous blog article about SCL:
- Red Hat will provide PHP 5.4 for RHEL-6
- Software Collections Introduction
- Various PHP versions with an Apache 2.4 server
RHEL clones (CentOS, Oracle, Scientific Linux, ...) users can use the test Copr repositories:
For users who need more extensions, as I'm waiting to be able to add them in EPEL, I have open 2 Copr repositories with those already adapted (some others should come soon).
Apart from PHP, RHSCL 1.1 is enhanced by some nice collections, I especially appreciate Apache 2.4 and MongoDB (by the way the pecl/mongo is available in the php55 collection).
I think this is a very important new feature which should help for the adoption of recent PHP version in enterprise environment.
If you have questions, I have even open a new dedicated Forum: About PHP SCL.