PHP 5.5.0 feature freeze February 7th, 2013 – : : – APC possibly doomed
PHP 5.5.0 will reach a feature freeze is on February 7th, 2013, just two weeks away, for it’s first beta release.
There was some discussion of including the APC opcode cache into 5.5 but this will decidedly NOT happen because it would delay release by several months.
However in an interesting twist, there is now discussion of open-sourcing ZEND OPTIMIZER PLUS and including with PHP 5.5 instead.
Zend Optimizer+ is a commercial opcode cache for PHP and is slightly faster than APC but currently used on only a small percentage of servers compared to APC.
This essentially would doom APC, despite the suggestion it would remain available as there are only a few contributors to APC at this time and then would obviously switch to the zend optimizer+ sooner or later.
Remember, PHP 5.3 will reach end-of-life in March with the release of PHP 5.5.0