The new PEAR installer release adds PHP 7 support while dropping support for PHP 4 - 5.3. It also fixes a nasty SSL issue that made it hard to use on PHP 5.6. With the update, strict warnings about static calls to a non-static PEAR::isError() are a thing of the past.
I've just published the first preview version: PEAR 1.10.0dev1.
Upgrading your version of the PEAR installer is as simple as a call to
pear upgrade specifying this dev1 release (command is included in the post). He also links to some pre-release versions of the