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LinuxWorld.com.au: Web serving revolution
The result of these efforts is apparent in the up-and-coming Linux 2.4 release: not only does Linux now offer much faster networking, it also offers the ability to run a kernel-level Web server.
"This examination led to a lot of work on the Linux networking core, as well as work commencing on a new kind of Web server. The result of these efforts is apparent in the up-and-coming Linux 2.4 release: not only does Linux now offer much faster networking, it also offers the ability to run a kernel-level Web server."
"The Tux Web server has been one of the most successful projects to come from the work on Linux and Web serving. Whereas Apache is designed to run as an application, Tux is integrated into the operating system, making its performance more efficient. The reason is that it can access system resources faster because it does not have to interact with the operating system to the extent that Apache does...."
"The difference with Tux, and the other kernel-level Web servers (such as khttpd), is that you don't have to use them. In fact, you have to go to some effort (see below) to use them by default."