Ditch Ubuntu’s PHP Packages

I had been frustrated with the state of Edgy’s php packages. I have been developing on 5.2.0 since attending the 2006 Zend Conference. I could have built everything myself, but I have been looking for an easy way to maintain the server. I can always move to a custom compiled server if it becomes necessary. Also, I haven’t seen backports for Feisty yet.

My solution has been Dotdeb. Not only do I get updated php binaries but they include the Suhosin Patch.

The installation is very easy:

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to include
deb http://packages.dotdeb.org stable all
deb-src http://packages.dotdeb.org stable all

then just run
# apt-get update
# apt-get upgrade

you will have to consent to unsigned packages. You should now have updated PHP packages.

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