LinuxToday.com.au: Consider Apache

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 5, 2001


"But for the rest of us IT professionals out there, I'm about to give you a crash course in how most of the WWW road on the Internet is built, and how it came to be that way." But for the rest of us IT professionals out there, I'm about to give you a crash course in how most of the WWW road on the Internet is built, and how it came to be that way.

"Some 60% of Web servers on the Internet (according to the Netcraft Web Server survey) are run using software named Apache. Apache is a HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server, which runs on a variety of Microsoft, Netware, OS/2 and Unix variant of operating systems."

"It's distributed under an open source license (the Apache License), and is one of the best examples of the way that an open source product can change an industry forever."

"Basically, pre-1995, the main HTTP server in operation was the HTTP daemon, developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, in the USA. After the lead developer for this product left the NCSA, a situation arose whereby a number of webmasters had independently started patching the public-domain NCSA server so as to make it more functional."

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