Successfully install with Drupal 6.17 + Debian Squeeze + PHP 5.3
It is a good news for Debian testing user: Drupal 6.17 can now successfully install with Debian Squeeze (testing) + PHP5.3.2. In case of Drupal 6.16 the installation procedures will get stuck on database installation, but now all are working like a charm :D Here is a screenshot with most of my daily used modules installed.
So what's the benefit of using PHP5.3? At least from my point of view:
- It solve the GD library dependency of Drupal Image module (see http://drupal.org/node/465264).
- If using Debian testing MySQL (5.1.47) with stable PHP5, the MySQL client library is pointing to the legacy version but not that of 5.1.47.
- If you need some new features from PHP5.3 (see http://www.php.net/manual/en/migration53.new-features.php).
- Drupal 7.x will based on PHP5.3, therefore the upgrade path may be more smooth :D
Sorry, not truth: PHP 5.2 or higher will be a requirement for Drupal 7 (http://drupal.org/requirements)
Long story short, if your site is now working fine with Drupal 6.x + Debian stable, just simply ignore this message; BTW, if you would like to test with something new and also hope to remove some annoying GD error message as me, Drupal 6.17 give you a good reason for changes. P.S. Well, my blog looks much faster after move to PHP5.3, too :O