Security notice: PHP 7.4 is *dead*
With everyone all abuzz about deals, it's easy to forget about security.
Today's big security news is that PHP 7.4 (and thereby 7.x as a whole) is finally dead. It's past time to start thinking about migrating to 8.0 or 8.1, if you haven't yet migrated, as those are the only versions getting new security updates as of this writing.
Some interesting related links:
You may find that LTS distros still backport some of the patches for 8.x to 7.x. But really, you should be looking at migration paths: migrating now is less hassle than potential pwnage later.
If you're on a RedHat-derived distro (RHEL/CentOS/Alma/Rocky/etc.), take a look at Remi's Repo for the best third party packaging I know of. (Remi is a PHP contributor, so you can be pretty sure the builds are done "right", rather than being some rando on the net scratching their own itch.)
From Ubuntu-y friends, I keep hearing that this is the One True PPA to use. I don't use Debian-derived distributions, so I cannot say much more than that.
For openSUSE/SLES, devel:languages:php is the place to look. There are, of course, other OBS repos available. But devel:languages:php is the "official SuSE upstream". You can also install it via
sudo opi php8 if you have
And if you are thinking of waiting a few days, consider jumping straight to PHP 8.2 which is coming any time now.