I’ve noticed that my post from three months ago (“Bye bye non-free PHP JSON extension“) was quoted quite often (thanks (: ). But I also noticed that most people didn’t read the post fully, and didn’t see the replacement package.
Hopefully the title of this post will correct that impression. I’d like to indicate the existence of the php5-json package. It’s part of Debian unstable since June 2013 and testing (jessie) since August 2013.
Users who wish to build the free extension on their own are welcome to download it from PECL at http://pecl.php.net/package/jsonc . It’s a good chance to thank Remi Collet for his work on this replacement. I’m happy that the main Linux distributions have already adopted it.