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Apache 2.0alpha1 Released

Mar 11, 2000, 16:14 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 16:50:52 -0500 (EST)
From: rbb@apache.org
To: announce@apache.org
Subject: Apache 2.0 alpha Announcement

Apache 2.0alpha1 Released
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The Apache Group is pleased to announce the release of the first public alpha release of Apache 2.0.

Apache 2.0 offers numerous enhancements, improvements and performance boosts over the 1.3 codebase. The most visible and noteworthy addition is the ability to run Apache in a hybrid thread/process mode on any platform that supports both threads and processes. This has shown to improve the scalability of the Apache HTTPD server significantly in our early testing, on some versions of Unix. This release also greatly improves the performance and robustness of Apache on Windows Operating Systems. Lastly we are proud to announce support for BeOS in this version of the server.

Apache 2.0a1 under UNIX has undergone some testing, there are known issues in the current release, including at least one small memory leak. This should be considered a "developers version" including only the source and no pre-compiled binaries. It is anticipated that a binary-release will be available for the first beta release. If you do not feel comfortable compiling code, the Apache Group strongly recommends that you wait for a more stable beta release before you try this version.

Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April of 1996. The February 2000 WWW server site survey by Netcraft (see: http://www.netcraft.co.uk/Survey/) found that more web servers were using Apache than any other software, and Apache hit an all time high of, running on 58% of the Internet.

The Apache project has been organized in an attempt to answer some of the concerns regarding active development of a public domain HTTP server for UNIX. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server which provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

For more information, please check out http://www.apache.org/