I’m currently experimenting with OwnCloud and Nextcloud on a sandbox CentOS 7 server. I’ve been using OwnCloud for the last two years for my own purposes on a Slackware server, and I’m quite happy with it.
In my humble opinion, every admin who wants to host OwnCloud or Nextcloud on a RHEL/CentOS server is confronted with a version dilemma.
1. CentOS 7 sports PHP 5.4, which has been officially EOL for quite some time, but Red Hat will provide security update backports until 2024. Which is fine.
2. Currently supported versions of Nextcloud (namely the 11.x and 12.x branch) require a minimum of PHP 5.6. Which seems reasonable. But if I
pull in PHP 5.6 from Webtatic, for example, I only get the “official”
PHP support, which will end in 2018 for the 5.6 branch. And no security backports.
3. The solution would be to go with Nextcloud 10, which only requires PHP 5.4, and which is also provided in package form by EPEL. ‘yum info nextcloud’ shows that the current EPEL version is 10.0.4… but a peek on the Nextcloud homepage shows me that this version is officially unsupported. Uh oh.
4. Some of the stuff I’m hosting on my CentOS 7 server (like CMSMS) is not compatible with PHP 7.x versions.
So right now I don’t see a solution for this. As far as I can see, the
“least evil” solution would be to pull in PHP 5.6 from Webtatic and go for Nextcloud 11.x, and have an EOL for both around next summer.
I’d be curious if some of you are familiar with this sort of dilemma (I
guess so) and how you manage it.
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