I am a web developer and I am looking to start my next (Rather huge) project using a PHP framework called Laravel, which requires at a minimum PHP 5.4. Currently, on my company's web server we run Centos 6, along with PHP 5.3.3.
I know that it is indeed possible to install PHP 5.4+ on my Centos 6 system using third party repositories (For example: https://webtatic.com/packages/php54/) however I am looking for advice on the implications of doing this.
Since 5.3.3 is the most up to date package available in the normal repositories, I was wondering if there was a reason 5.4+ has not yet been added. Perhaps there is some kind of instability with 5.4+ and Centos 6? If I decide to install 5.4+ on my server, is there a chance anything could break?
If I had to roll back to 5.3.3, the application I build in Laravel will be essentially useless, so I just want to know all the ins and outs before I decide to either upgrade to 5.4 and use Laravel or change my approach to the application i.e. go for another framework.
Just looking for some advice before making the decision.