Here we have Rasmus talking about PHP.
Q: How will PEAR fit into the scheme of things with PHP?
A: I think it's vital. We need a better way of installing applications. The PEAR installer is needed at this point, as it is hard to download any PHP application and just make it work. If we can get a single unified installer so you can see PEAR and just make it work, that would be cool.
I have a few packages in PEAR, and depend on even more, so it's nice to see the project getting good press.