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IT-Director: Apache grows up - and up

Jul 19, 1999, 13:51 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cheshire Cat)

"It is not only Microsoft's admittance to be running Apache on some of its MSN Web servers that indicate the growing maturity of the server software. The loosely knit federation of Apache developers have formed the Apache Software Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation which aims to continue Apache's development in its open source vein."

"Apache's maturity is bolstered by its global takeup. According to a recent survey, Apache is, now, the software in use by over half of the world's Web servers. This trend is set to continue, as the formation of the ASF will be seen as good news for the corporate world. It can be a difficult decision to take as an IS manager, to use the industry standard (and free) Apache, or to follow a traditional model of buying licensed software which comes with a nominal offer of support, services and upgrades. The reality is that the Apache community is as good at supporting its software as any corporation but making the leap to public domain software is seen as a bit like voting for the Green party, in some circles."

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