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6 Excellent Linux/Open Source Web Servers

Dec 06, 2010, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Geier)

"Apache isn't the only Web server in town, though it is by far the most popular. Eric Geier rounds up a batch of excellent Open Source Web servers for all occasions, from fully-featured to stripped-down yet capable of handling large loads.

"Here are six different web servers freely provided by the open source community for Linux, Windows, and other OSs:

"Apache HTTP Server

"Initially released in 1995, this is the most popular web server across the entire World Wide Web, currently used by around 60% of web domains. Its released under an Apache License, which requires preservation of the copyright notices and disclaimers, but doesn't require modified versions to be distributed using the same license. Though most prevalent on Unix-like operating system, it also runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and others.

"Common languages supported by the Apache server include Perl, Python, Tcl, and PHP. The core functionality of the server can be extended with modules to add server-side programming language support, authentication schemes, and other features. Popular authentication modules include mod_access, mod_auth, mod_digest, and mod_auth_digest. Modules are also available for SSL/TLS support (mod_ssl), proxying (mod_proxy), URL rewriting (mod_rewrite), custom logging (mod_log_config), and filtering support (mod_include and mod_ext_filter)."

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