I really don’t undestand Dreamhost here.
Now they are running PHP as CGI, so it’s not integrated in Apache, so they could easly offer 5.2.x (stable), 5.3.x (latest) and even 6.x when it will be ready. And they can even offer multiple PHP.ini selectable from the panel.
Yes, we can do all of this ourself, but it means more work for us, more security risks and more load for the servers! Why not just do what even cheap hosts do now?
I managed to get PHP 5.3.1 working, even with FastCGI support, but it’s not really an easy task that any user can perform. Why keep a big % of your users with an old version? Now at least they updated 5.2.6 to 5.2.11 (not even the latest one but better than the 5.2.6).
I really hope to see DH go back to the time where they give us the best and found solutions to make anyone happy…