suPHP End of Life Notice

suPHP developer has announced that it is now end of life and no further updates will be released.

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Dear suPHP community,

suPHP has been around for more than ten years now.

As some of you have noticed, the development activity has declined with time, in particular over the last four years.

I started the suPHP project when I was sharing a server with some friends and thus we wanted each user to have her individual space. As over time servers became cheaper and cheaper, each person started to use a server of her own. For about the last six years, I have only been using suPHP because my server had been setup this way and there was no immediate reason to change.

Thus, I have not been personally interested in further developing suPHP for quite some time. In addition to that I hardly found time to take care of suPHP in the last few years. I am still very interested and active in the idea of open-source software, however as my interests shifted, the projects I have been working on lately shifted as well.

If you want to get an idea about which kind of projects I am talking about, you might want to have a look at my personal projects at http://projects.marsching.org/ and my company’s open-source projects at http://oss.aquenos.com/.

In conclusion this has left suPHP in a state where it would be irresponsible to suggest to users that it is being actively maintained. For example the latest security update has been lying around for years before actually being released.

Therefore, I officially announce that suPHP has reached its end of life and will not be maintained by me in the future.

So does this mean that suPHP is dead? This entirely depends on you, the community.

At some points in time during the last years, I have seen quite some activity on the mailing-list, including people discussing bugs and new features and writing patches for them.

As suPHP is open-source software, everyone is free to keep building on top of it. Actually I hope that someone might be interested in maintaining suPHP in the future.

While I will not take an active role in this process, be assured that I will support it (e.g. by keeping this mailing-list available as long as needed or making the existing code-base available under a different OSS license, if this helps).

I want to thank all people who helped me with the suPHP project, be it by reporting bugs, sharing their ideas, writing patches or answering questions on the mailing-list. Thanks to all of you!

– Sebastian
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