I don't know why people don't just want to compile php on their account.
Speaking for myself, I don't install my own versions of stuff like this because I just don't want to deal with it.
Before buying my DH account I ran my own web/mail/etc servers and I gave that up because I got tired of admining servers all day at work and then going home and doing it on my own systems. The benefits to installing my own stuff are minimal, and I can live without them if it means I also don't have to keep up on security patches and the like. That's what I'm paying DH for.
You just sit there and watch the screen until it finishes and then edit your .htaccess file
And then watch Bugtraq and the PHP announcement lists for the exploit du jour, then download and compile again. And repeat.
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