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Linuxcare: Running A Web Server Under Linux, Part II

Sep 10, 1999, 17:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Dennis)

[ Thanks to Matthew Cunningham for this link. ]

"Admittedly, it's an oversimplification to say that Linux-based Web servers are "ready to run, right out of the box." Networking connectivity must be considered. Although a Web server running on localhost will work just fine even if no network connections exist, this doesn't do anybody any good except for the one person at the console."

"In general, there are four sorts of Web servers: test bed or "staging" servers, which are used by Web authors to develop material for their sites; intranet servers, which are accessible exclusively to users within an organization or department; public Web servers, which can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet; and extranet servers, which allow access from selected external sites and users, but which are not accessible to the general public. Indeed, a single Linux host can concurrently provide access to all of these sorts of servers (though this might not constitute the best security profile)."

"Providing any form of network (non-local) access to our Web server depends on the installation and configuration of a number of other subsystems. These have nothing directly to do with the Web server and in fact are the same basic elements that provide us with access to all networking services under Linux (or any other form of Unix)."

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