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Open Source IT: The Buzz at Apache Conference: World Domination

Mar 14, 2000, 15:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

"More than 1,000 Apache developers and users gathered at ApacheCon 2000 in Orlando last week to discuss -- among other things -- the progress the Apache Web server is making towards World Domination."

"In the opening plenary, while members of the Apache Software Foundation took questions from the audience, ASF vice president Ken Coar casually displayed on an overhead screen the Netcraft Web site, which monitors Web server software use on the Internet. Apache holds a commanding lead, running nearly 60% of the servers on the Internet. Microsoft's IIS was a distant second, with around 20%."

"A series of sessions on the PHP and Perl scripting languages, for example, went under the tongue-in-cheek title 'World Domination Heroes.' Behind the levity, however, was the knowledge that Apache does indeed hold a commanding position in the world of Web servers."

"Unlike the recent LinuxWorld conference in New York, which had a huge show floor and was accompanied by a veritable tidal of press announcements from various vendors, ApacheCon 2000 was billed as a conference for developers. For many attendees, like Ben Laurie, director of London-based A. L. Digital Ltd., and an Apache Software Foundation board member, the chance to talk to fellow Apache developers in person was a high point of the meeting. 'I've been working with Apache for five or six years -- since version 0.9.11 -- and until this meeting I hadn't met a lot of my fellow ASF board members,' he says."

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