"The Apache Web server basks in the admiration of commercial
software distributors and customers alike. According to a May 2003
survey by Netcraft, about 63 percent of all Internet sites are
powered by Apache. Indeed, its open-source model seems destined to
become the darling of commodity software markets.
"But there is a flip side to Apache's success. There are
hundreds of distributors of the software, and most of them make
tiny changes to the code to suit their own needs. Keeping a tight
rein on modifications seems like a difficult proposition, but the
politics of the open-source community have kept Apache largely
intact. Still, some vendors are going their own way with the
software and finding that certain improvements do make
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