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NewsFactor: The Apache of the Future

Jan 29, 2003, 14:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"By all accounts, the latest version has a lot to offer, but the majority of sites using Apache are still using the 1.3 series. What does the future hold for the world's most popular Web server--and is it a bad sign that the new release has not caught on like wildfire?

"Few companies work with as many machines running Apache as Rackspace Managed Hosting. The company's chief technology evangelist, Dirk Elmendorf, told NewsFactor that Rackspace will stick with the 1.3 series for some time. 'It's a serviceable workhorse,' he said. 'I'm not looking for new features at the Apache level so far, and whenever they have a security issue [with 1.3] it's fixed quickly.'

"Indeed, Apache 1.3.x is a known quantity. '[With a new version] we might hit something we don't know about,' Elmendorf added. 'New features make all sorts of problems for us...'"

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