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LinuxWorld AU: Measuring Apache's success: does the pornography industry hold the key?

Aug 09, 2000, 15:05 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Sherry)

[ Thanks to Gar for this link. ]

"The NetCraft Web Servey and the E-soft Security Space Web Server survey are each respected authorities on Web statistics. Each have differing methodologies, but both show continuous growth of Apache -- the leading open source Web server -- against all Web servers. The methodology of each has been criticised, however, as being geared toward the Apache server because it is often the only realistic solution for running thousands of inactive sites on a small number of servers in a cost-effective manner. ... The arguments for and against the inclusion of such sites as Apache driven are both strongly held. Moreover, the exclusion of such sites in a Web Server Survey often cuts Apache's numbers in half, bringing it quite close to the Microsoft IIS figures."

"But, it's possible we are looking at this all wrong. Many of the Web sites around the Web are just as trivial as those hosted by the domain name companies. The most basic of Web servers could run them. The real test of a Web site is traffic, online commerce applications, application serving in general and volume. What better means of testing the ability and functionality of a Web server than giving it a grinding under the hot, lusty passions of cable endowed computer nerds with multiple desktops, multiple netscape clients and many an automated shell script."

"The shear volume of content, dynamic generation and active users on a given porn site rivals -- positively outweighs -- that of an e-commerce or Web-site hosting counterpart. Some figures provided by Rodger Donaldson in his SmutCraft Web server servey illustrate just how popular Apache is amongst the pornography site developers."

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