PhpSwitcher plugin - Should we drop support for PHP versions older than 5.3, that is, PHP 4.4 and 5.2?

  • Should we drop support for PHP versions older than 5.3 61

    1. Yes (53) 87%
    2. No (8) 13%

    Dear community,


    Support for both PHP 4.4 and PHP 5.2 versions has been provided since the first version of the PhpSwitcher plugin, even through those versions were already not longer supported by upstream PHP team.


    As time goes on, it become really hard for us to support these versions that are not longer compatible with various development libraries provided by newest OS versions. Also, these versions don't provide the PHP FastCGI process Manager (fpm) and so, they are not usable with the i-MSCP apache2/fpm server implementation which should be your first choice.


    As a reminder:

    • PHP 4.4 is EOL since 7 August 2008 (~ 10 years ago)
    • PHP 5.2 is EOL since 6 January 2011 (~ 8 years ago)

    We think that it's time to drop support for these "prehistorical" versions as nobody should rely on them. However because we care about our customers, we open this poll to let's you choose.


    Thank for your participation.

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  • Nuxwin

    Changed the title of the thread from “PhpSwitcher plugin - Should we drop support for PHP version older than 5.3” to “PhpSwitcher plugin - Should we drop support for PHP versions older than 5.3, that is, PHP 4.4 and 5.2?”.
  • I would go further and drop anything older than 5.6 - 5.4 is already a critical security problem and should not be supported anymore, 5.6 is officially old and outdated before the year is out - even supporting that will provide problems to the server provider, the customer and other users of the internet (hacked CMS sending spam any many more scenarios).

  • I would go further and drop anything older than 5.6 - 5.4 is already a critical security problem and should not be supported anymore, 5.6 is officially old and outdated before the year is out - even supporting that will provide problems to the server provider, the customer and other users of the internet (hacked CMS sending spam any many more scenarios).

    I cannot. There are still some ISPs asking me to keep support for PHP 5.3. Anyway hacked CMS most of time has nothing to do with the PHP version in use. Bugs are generally in the CMS itself. Note that for PHP versions 5.3 up to 5.6, I'm still backporting security fixes when needed.

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  • As long as you don't drop 5.3 and up, I'm ok... but my whole reason for purchasing phpSwitcher was for a client who needed 5.3 for his app.


    One day, he's going to have to do a (painful) upgrade, but for now, its not in the cards.

  • As long as you don't drop 5.3 and up, I'm ok... but my whole reason for purchasing phpSwitcher was for a client who needed 5.3 for his app.


    One day, he's going to have to do a (painful) upgrade, but for now, its not in the cards.

    We are talking about PHP 4.4, 5.2 here...

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  • For me it's absolutely ok to drop PHP 4.4 and 5.2.

    For me the reason for PHP-Switcher was, that i could use NEWER PHP-Versions than 5.6, wich was bundled with Debian-9 (Stretch) and one-time for PHP-5.5 - for only one customer, which was in the migration-process with me.


    So: Do it ;-)

  • Vote is now closed. According the result, support for both PHP 4.4 and PHP 5.2 will be dropped in next PhpSwitcher plugin version.

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  • Nuxwin

    Closed the thread.