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Netcraft: Open Source Parking Spoofing Headers to Benefit Apache

Apr 05, 2007, 16:30 (2 Talkback[s])

"An open source initiative to reverse gains for Microsoft web server software appears to be using edited server headers to try and improve the showing of the Apache web server. Sites using the Open Source Parking service report that they are running on Apache, but appear to actually be hosted on lighttpd. Both Apache and lighttpd are open source web servers, but Apache leads in the Netcraft survey with a 59 percent market share, while lighttpd is a newcomer with just 1.2% share.

"Open Source Parking was formed last year by Linux evangelist Bruce Perens to counter a 5 percent market share gain by Microsoft in the April 2006 survey, when domain registrar Go Daddy shifted 4.5 million parked domains from Linux to Windows Server 2003. The project's goals are to increase the market share for open source software and generate revenue from advertising on the parked domains to fund political efforts on behalf of the open source community. While parked domains can be challenging to track accurately, there is no evidence that the effort has made any impact on web server market share..."

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