PHP 8.2 is right around the corner. What new features are you looking forward to the most?
The PHP License is free & open source according to the OSI. See: https://opensource.org/licenses/PHP-3.01 (interestingly, I’m listed as the license contact 🙂).
By some definitions of freedom, PHP is more free than AGPL software because AGPL places more restrictions on what you can do with your modifications to the software. Indeed, if PHP switched to AGPL, fewer people would be able to use PHP.
If we changed the license to anything, it would probably be to MIT.
@cregox Corporations won't adopt a programming language that could potentially require all their proprietary code to be opened to the world because they linked against it. You'll never see an AGPL3 programming language gain wide adoption outside of academia and the non-profit sector. It's way too risky for the corporate sector. Most companies have policies against using any GPL libraries in their products.
Open source. Open community. We are dedicated to building and enriching the PHP community.