Red Hat provides PHP 5.6 for RHEL (and CentOS)
Announcement : Red Hat Software Collections 2 – now generally available
And for CentOS : Software Collections 2.0 available
Stability addicts can keep quiet, PHP 5.3.3 is still the standard version provided with RHEL-6, and 5.4.16 with RHEL-7
RHSCL 1.x users can also keep quiet, the php54 and php55 collections are still there. They even have been updated to 5.4.40 and 5.5.21.
The new rh-php56 collection provides version 5.6.5.
We now have an official and supported way to install PHP version 5.4 or 5.5 or 5.6, beside the system version, without any effect on installed components. Announcement tells the life cycle will be 3 years.
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
- Red Hat will provide PHP 5.5 for RHEL-6
- Software Collections Introduction
- Various PHP versions with an Apache 2.4 server
For users who need more extensions, I maintain 3 repositories on softwarecollections.org with those already adapted (some others should come soon).
Apart from PHP, RHSCL 2.0 is enhanced by some nice collections, I especially appreciate MariaDB 10 and PostgreSQL 9.4.
I think this is a very important new feature which should help for the adoption of recent PHP version in enterprise environment. Which other enterprise distribution does so much ?
If you have questions, I have even open a new dedicated Forum: About PHP SCL.