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PHP 7 and Linux Kernel 4.4 RC8 are Now Available in Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella)

On January 5, the Manjaro development team, through Philip Müller, announced the general availability of the second stable update for the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) computer operating system.

The “Manjaro Update 2016-01-05” update is here to upgrade all the PHP packages to the latest stable and most advanced version of the world’s most popular server-side programming language, PHP 7. With this occasion, the Manjaro devs made a few adjustments for better integration of PHP 7 in Manjaro Linux, such as to remove the php-pear, php-mssql, php-ldap, php-mongo, php-xcache, and graphviz packages.

“Packages of the new major version of PHP have been released into all our repositories. Besides the new PHP 7 features there are the following packaging changes. In general the package configuration is now closer to what was intended by the PHP project. Also refer to the PHP 7 migration guide for upstream improvements,” said Philip Müller on behalf of the Manjaro development team.

Linux Kernel 4.4 RC8, KDE Plasma 5 improvements

In addition to the new PHP 7 packages, Manjaro Update 2016-01-05 adds the recently released Linux 4.4 RC8 kernel, improves the KDE Plasma 5 OpenRC flavor, the Deepin and Budgie desktop environments, as well as Bumblebee. The distribution’s graphical installers also received various optimizations, and the entire system has been synchronized with Arch Linux’s software repositories as of January 5, 2016.

Last but not least, the Manjaro developers managed to patch a bug in the GRUB bootloader that made the the system to reboot instead of shutting down when issuing the halt command, add various new Haskell and Python packages, and update the Linux firmware. All users of the Manjaro Linux 15.12 (Capella) operating system are urged to update their installations as soon as possible to get the latest improvements and new software versions mentioned above.

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