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News Straight From ApacheCon -- Apache 2.0 Alpha Released

Mar 10, 2000, 22:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

By Paul Ferris
Editor, Linux Today

If Linux version 2.4 is the Mindcraft release of Linux, then Apache 2.0 is the beginnings of the same thing, only for web servers.

Apache 2.0 will incorporate better threading, allowing machines that support threads to answer multiple server requests without spawning costly sub-processes. This, along with a host of other enhancements make Apache 2.0 a platform for scalability in the future of Web serving.

Currently, the stability, portability and scalability of Apache is down right frightening. I predict that the traditions will continue with Apache 2.0.

Manoj Kasichainula of the Apache Software Foundation and Collab.Net says, "Apache 2.0 will add a lot of the features that people have been demanding yet at the same time keep the stability and flexibility that people have cherished over the years."

Ryan Bloom of the Apache Software Foundation and Covalent Technologies added that "Apache 2.0 uses the Apache Portable Runtime (APR) to improve performance on Windows as well adding support for BeOS and other platforms not supported by 1.3 (that will surprise you). You can use the 2.0 alpha to implement your own protocols in Apache's robust structure."

Apache is an open source web server solution which currently powers over 58 percent of the web and growing according to netcraft. It's cost (free) and it's installed base (over 6 and 1/2 million customers and growing) make it a testament to the power of open source software.

Given the fact that there have been literally no marketing dollars spent pushing the product, these figures are down right astounding.

The development of Apache 2.0 signals a new era of unbelievability: Likely you won't be able to buy web server software this good anywhere. Curious? Visit the apache home page and download your very own copy of Apache 2.0 today.

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