LinuxWorld AU: Measuring Apache's success: does the pornography industry hold the key?
Aug 09, 2000, 15:05 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Sherry)
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"The NetCraft Web Servey and the E-soft Security Space Web
Server survey are each respected authorities on Web statistics.
Each have differing methodologies, but both show continuous growth
of Apache -- the leading open source Web server -- against all Web
servers. The methodology of each has been criticised, however, as
being geared toward the Apache server because it is often the only
realistic solution for running thousands of inactive sites on a
small number of servers in a cost-effective manner. ... The
arguments for and against the inclusion of such sites as Apache
driven are both strongly held. Moreover, the exclusion of such
sites in a Web Server Survey often cuts Apache's numbers in half,
bringing it quite close to the Microsoft IIS figures."
"But, it's possible we are looking at this all wrong. Many of
the Web sites around the Web are just as trivial as those hosted by
the domain name companies. The most basic of Web servers could run
them. The real test of a Web site is traffic, online commerce
applications, application serving in general and volume. What
better means of testing the ability and functionality of a Web
server than giving it a grinding under the hot, lusty passions of
cable endowed computer nerds with multiple desktops, multiple
netscape clients and many an automated shell script."
"The shear volume of content, dynamic generation and active
users on a given porn site rivals -- positively outweighs -- that
of an e-commerce or Web-site hosting counterpart. Some figures
provided by Rodger Donaldson in his SmutCraft Web server servey
illustrate just how popular Apache is amongst the pornography site