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The purpose of this RFC is to define when the PHP 5.3 series will no longer be supported.
As PHP 5.3 was released before the new release process was defined and implemented, we have to define a clear EOL 1).
Even if the 5.3 release manager already stated something about the status of PHP 5.3, it is critical for us to have a clear and open decision. PHP 5.3 is still the most widely (maintained) branch and many projects rely on it as a minimum version. It is also important to keep in mind that we won't have this problem anymore in 5.4 or later and the life cycle is already clearly defined by the release process RFC.
One year with bug fixes followed by one year with security fixes only.
Security issues cover only bugs marked as security issues or defined as such by the PHP Security team.
Two years with security fixes only. Security issues cover only bugs marked as security issues or defined as such by the PHP Security Team.
One year with bug fixes (both security and normal bugs).
One year with security fixes only.
* 2013/01/08: Final draft * 2012/03/02: adding “Pros/Cons” sections to help future discussion