A few minutes ago, the PEAR Group finished its third meeting, which was the first attended by newly elected PEAR Group member Paul Jones (welcome Paul!). In addition to other things discussed, the one that really interests me, and I suspect all of you, is the future direction of the repository and the PEAR Installer.
I’m happy to announce that big changes are in the works. First of all, a brand new channel will be created for PEAR’s new PHP5+ packages, and a brand new installer is being created for these packages. The new installer will be named “Pyrus” (pyrus is the genus of the pear fruit), and the new channel is yet to be named, so if you have any ideas, feel free to post comments to this blog entry to help us come up with a good one. In addition, new packages written for this new channel will be hosted in a new Subversion repository to be hosted at svn.pear.php.net
More details about Pyrus will be forthcoming as the code is written. Currently, it lives in http://cvs.php.net/viewvc.cgi/pear-core/PEAR2 and is very much pre-devel stability.
Thanks for using PEAR, the best is yet to come!