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Dec 17, 1999, 19:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Speedie, Patricia Krueger)

"Apache has become the Net's favorite server software. Meet the eight men who started it all."

"February 1995. The Web was just beginning to gain mainstream attention, and most Web servers ran the public domain HTTP daemon developed by Rob McCool at the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Problem was, McCool had left NCSA in '94 and development of the server software had halted. So a group of eight webmasters banded together to share extensions and bug fixes and coordinate patches. (Apache owes its name to "a patch.") These eight core contributors, Randy Terbush, Brian Behlendorf, Roy Fielding, Rob Hartill, David Robinson, Cliff Skolnick, Robert Thau, and Andrew Wilson, founded the Apache Group. Under the Apache license, they enlisted the help of hackers worldwide. (The Apache license allows developers to modify code and sell the new program without having to distribute modifications in the source code.) Now, according to a Netcraft survey, Apache holds 55 percent of the Web server market, more than all the other competing servers combined. Here are the original developers' stories:..."

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