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The following paragraph comes from a PHP/Laravel community post: blog: The main PHP development is no longer involved in maintenance due to the pressure of life, the PHP Foundation accelerates the establishment of
On November 23, 2021, the main PHP development Nikita Popov announced that will no longer participate in the main maintenance of PHP, and will gradually fade out from the end of the month. It is said that Nikita Popov has been involved in the development of PHP since he was still in high school. It was in 2011, and it has been 10 years since he has contributed a lot to PHP.
One of the reasons behind this decision is that one of the main contributors, Nikita Popov, decided to shift his focus from PHP to LLVM. Nikita Popov started working on PHP in 2011 and has been working on PHP at JetBrains for nearly three years. He has made significant contributions to the three major versions there-PHP 7.4, PHP 8.0 and PHP 8.1.
Nikita Popov did not clearly state the reason for leaving, it can be understood from the relevant information that this should be due to the pressure of life, because everyone knows that there is no income from maintaining PHP open source projects.
However, the PHP community announced the establishment of the PHP Foundation. For details, see The New Life of PHP-The PHP Foundation . The foundation is seeking for maintainers who can continue to maintain PHP so that it can develop in a healthy way.
In fact, the PHP Foundation has been discussed for a long time, but for some reason, it failed to move forward. The departure of Nikita Popov prompted this almost forgotten agenda to be hurriedly implemented. In order to find a successor as soon as possible and stop the tragedy from happening, the foundation has initiated sponsorship opencollective.com/phpfoundation
In the past two days, the "PHP Foundation" in the community has been screened.
- announced the establishment of the PHP Foundation
- main PHP development is no longer involved in maintenance due to the pressure of life, the PHP Foundation accelerates the establishment of
Regardless of whether the reason for Nikita's departure is true or false, PHP project developers should have some financial feedback. Open source is not easy. After ten years of development work, I saw too many excellent projects along the way and finally gave up maintenance because of the embarrassment in real life. Dreams are beautiful and life is cruel.
As an open source software, PHP currently does not belong to any commercial organization, and is running as a public welfare project. If things go on like this, there are still many drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that there will be no stable developers.
So the "PHP Foundation" is a great thing.
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