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CRN: Web Server Software Forms Core Of Profitable Net Reseller:

Mar 27, 1999, 14:27 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Preston P. Forman)

"Web server software is more than just an operating system for a company's Web activity. It is a critical layer between the untamed Internet and the systems of a modern enterprise. This mostly transparent technology is also the core of the battle between Microsoft Corp. and Netscape Communications Corp."

"While this war dominates headlines, the real action is on the forgotten flanks. The most underreported aspect of the open source movement is that Apache, a totally free Web server that runs on several different operating systems, drives more than half the world's Web servers."

"According to Netcraft... almost 55 percent of Web sites use Apache, followed by ...Microsoft with 24 percent; ...Netscape with about 4 percent; and ...O'Reilly & Associates Inc. with less than 2 percent."

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