Yay, finally we released PHP 5.5, which is a new big release for PHP. In preparation for this I yesterday sent out a mail to the PHP core developers stating that the "PHP-5.3 BRANCH IS CLOSED NOW". After I saw this quoted on twitter and different websites I want to make a few things clear for users of PHP:
- The mail is an information for core developer that all changes for 5.3 should go by the release master and our security group
- We won't do normal bug fixes
- we will continue doing security fixes for a year where needed
What this means for users of PHP is that they can continue using PHP 5.3 and when upgrades come they are very low risk of breaking anything (we always try not to break anything, but any person's bug might be another person's feature) so they should be applicable easily and applied fast. So when you are a happy PHP 5.3 user and don't want to touch too many things there is no immediate need to upgrade to 5.4 or 5.5 - for a year.