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Web Servers: Don't Count Apache Out

Mar 19, 2008, 16:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Gunderloy)

"There's been discussion in the open source world about a decline in the popularity of the dominant Apache web server. These concerned are fueled largely by the Netcraft survey of the internet, which shows a 20% decline in Apache's market share over the last three years, from a high near 70% to the 50% or so it enjoys today. But bearing in mind the old saw about lies and statistics, it's worth digging a bit more to see what these numbers mean.

"Looking at Netcraft's figures more closely, it becomes apparent that this is more than an 'Apache vs. IIS' battle. One significant change for the Apache numbers happened in mid-2007, when the 8 million or so Google-served sites started reporting themselves as 'GFE' rather than Apache--even though GFE may well be a private fork of the Apache codebase..."

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