11th March 07:15
Anyone against requiring libxml2 2.6.x for
At the end of the day it's a fact that lots of people use the latest
version of PHP on exceptionally old systems. Some of the reasons I can
think of off hand:
- Because they're new comers to PHP, and the first version they try may
already be too 'demanding' for their server
- Because of a (somewhat justified, but not quite) perception that the
latest (major) PHP version is more secure, and because PHP is much more
visible to them than some library(*)
- Because they want specific features in the latest version of PHP, and the
same (*) applies here too.
There are probably other reasons I didn't think about. People who follow
PHP don't necessarily follow all of PHP's dependencies. In my experience
they rarely do.
(*) The average PHP user will easily tell you that he's using PHP, but he's
much less likely to know that he's using libxml2, and will almost
definitely not know which version of libxml2 he's using. We can't assert
that because someone is upgrading to new major versions of PHP, he shows
the same level of interest in OS/library updates.
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