(Please excuse the gratuitous cross-post)

Now that PHP 5.3 has been officially released[1], the Debian PHP packaging
team would like to announce the availability of PHP 5.3 packages for initial
public testing.

The packages are currently available for both amd64 and i386 users of
testing/unstable, via the "experimental" release section of the debian
packaging archive. To install these packages on your system, add the
following line to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental main

you should then be able to install these packages with

apt-get install -t experimental php5

(and you can replace php5 with a more specific package selection
of course)

DISCLAIMER: You should not install these packages on a production system,
until they have recieved wider testing and review. I have
given the packages limited local testing but due to the
nature of the 5.3 upgrade it's possible that you may have
problems with either the packaging or one of the many changes
in this update!

As time progresses we may set up an alternate location dedicated for
php5.3 related packages, depending on demand, how many additional packages
we need to rebuild for testing (all debian packages that build against
the php API/ABI need to be updated) and how long we delay the transition
to 5.3 in debian unstable.

I should emphasize that we don't have plans to transition to PHP 5.3 in
debian testing/unstable in the immediate future; at least not until we
feel comfortable that the packages and software are reasonably stable and
tested. So if you want to see this happen faster the best thing you can
do is report to us with your problems (and successes!) using these packages.

Please forward any and all feedback/problems to the Debian PHP team's
mailing list[2] and if you're convinced that there's a problem, the
debian bug tracking system[3] and/or the PHP bug tracking system[4] depending
on who you think should get the blame :).

Sean Finney (and the rest of the Debian PHP Maintainers)

[1] http://www.php.net/archive/2009.php#id2009-06-30-1
[2] pkg-php-maint@lists.alioth.debian.org
[3] "reportbug php5"
[4] http://bugs.php.net

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