Netcraft is a fascinating site all full of information about the
Web. If you're not familiar with common Linux/UNIX networking
tools, you might be a bit taken aback at how much you can learn
about what other people are doing without ever leaving your
comfortable computer chair.
One of Netcraft's most popular features is "What's that site
running?" Look on the top left of Netcraft.com. Enter any URL, for
example linuxtoday.com, and you learn all sorts of snoopy stuff in
a nicely-organized Site Report. The Linux Today Site Report reveals
that LT runs on Linux and Apache. The history only goes back to
2008, so let's see if snooping on LinuxPlanet turns up anything
interesting. The linuxplanet.com report (not www.linuxplanet.com)
shows that LinuxPlanet was running on Solaris/Apache until 2003,
when it moved to Linux/Apache.
Linux Planet runs on Linux/Apache, but has an embarrassing
uptime average- 19.29 days between reboots. Maybe the admins or
devs have been doing a lot of work. Maybe someone clumsy trips over
the power cord a lot.
We see that Linux Today has no uptime bragging rights either,
with a current uptime of only 42 days. There is an uptime graph
which shows a 90-day moving average of 57.55 days between reboots.
However, that doesn't really tell you anything because LT resides
on several load-balanced servers. So uptime has little relationship
to availability. (Measuring uptimes is tricky anyway, due to
peculiarities in the Linux kernel,as the uptime FAQ
Fun and Games With Market Share
April 2009 Web Server Survey page is full of fun data, such as
a summary from August 1995 - April 2009. Apache has been dominant
since 1996. Netcraft sorts Web server share into two categories:
all sites and active sites. All sites include both parked hostnames
and active sites. The active sites category is quite a bit smaller,
and presents a more accurate real-world picture. Microsoft famously
inflated IIS' (Internet Information Server) share in 1996 when
GoDaddy migrated from Apache to IIS, and the bulk of the
transferred domains were parked, rather than active sites.
According to the April survey, there were a total of 231,510,169
sites that Netcraft was able to find. 45.95% ran Apache, and 29.27%
ran IIS. Number three at 12.49% is qq.com, a Chinese domain powered
by QZHTTP, that contains almost 29 million sites. This appeared
suddenly in the February Netcraft survey. What is QZHTTP? According
The Chinese (Web Servers) Are Coming, most likely it is
Rounding out the survey are Google and nginx.
When we move down the page to the active domains, the numbers
Apache 37,268,162 46.52%
Microsoft 30,116,432 37.59%
Google 6,131,966 7.65%
nginx 2,602,109 3.25%
qq.com 0 0.00%
Where did all the qq.com domains go? Netcraft does not say.
Million Busiest Sites
This is where Apache really struts its stuff:
Apache 663,649 67.56%
Microsoft 185,763 18.91%
nginx 31,064 3.16%
Google 16,088 1.64%
Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites
Reliable Hosting Company Sites in March 2009 displays the top
Web hosts and their operating systems. FreeBSD is consistenly
dominant in the top 10, and Linux always makes a respectable
showing. Amazingly, one company that runs Windows Server 2003 is
number 5, which in my opinion is a testament to the amazing skill
of their server admins.