ownCloud will continue to deliver a Docker Container with maintained and secured PHP 7.4 and its application to all our administrators worldwide. Operating system vendors and professional PHP support companies around the globe have announced that they will also continue to maintain PHP 7.4.
The PHP Community has decided to end support for the 7.4 major version as of November 28th 2022. ownCloud has PHP 7.4 as one of its core dependencies. We at ownCloud take the responsibility to always deliver high quality software and continue to provide supported PHP 7.4 to you in order to maintain a secure operating environment. For that we’re working with external PHP experts.
ownCloud Enterprise customers have additional options and shall contact our support organisation. We will provide them with secure and maintained PHP 7.4 packages for most of your Linux distributions where the vendor is not providing PHP 7.4 support. For community users we will provide a docker image with maintained PHP 7.4 free of charge.
ownCloud 10 Roadmap
The next version of ownCloud 10 will be 10.12 and is expected in the first quarter of 2023. Find an ongoing changelog is here: Server Changelog - ownCloud
Looks like that was it with Owncloud then. Insisting on using an EOL version just shows that there will be no secure version for deployment in any standard environment in the future. It was nice while it was still maintained.
i think it is important to mention that for example Debian and other major Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE and similar are still maintaining PHP 7.4 with security fixes. And this in a reliable way since more then a decade.
I’m also not sure why this is now such a big interest in the EOL of PHP 7.4.
From what i know this happened for previous PHP versions like PHP 7.3 down to PHP 5.3 as well. And Linux distributions also kept the maintenance of these with security fixes for quite a few years even after the EOL of the versions from PHP side.
As a user of ownCloud 10 i’m happily running Debian stable (BookwormBullseye) which receives security fixes / maintenance of PHP 7.4 until ~2024-07 (and likely later in Debian Long Term Support until ~2026-06).
I think you mean Bullseye (Debian 11). Bookworm is still Debian Unstable and it will ship with PHP 8.2.
Using names that start with the letter B for three consecutive versions of Debian has made it more challenging than usual to keep them all straight.
I understand the interest in seeing ownCloud use a developer supported version of PHP. I also have been managing production ownCloud deployments long enough to know that ownCloud has always been slow to migrate to current PHP. With the new OCIS having no PHP, I presume that the decision not to support ownCloud on current PHP is likely to stand.
If OCIS had support for the applications I rely on (mostly, but not exclusively, calendar and contacts), I could consider migrating. Until such time, I am willing to rely on the PHP 7.4 provided by deb.sury.org.