Enough of the comedy ears gags. Still, bear in mind that
there's now less than one month to get your tickets sorted
for ApacheCon 2000 -
the conference dedicated to the world's most popular
non-mickey mouse web server. From March 8-10, Orlando,
Florida plays host to the second official Apache conference.
You'd be goofy to miss out.
This issue marks the fourth anniversary of Apache Week. Issue
one was published on 9th February 1996, although it was
only available on the Web until we started an email
subscription option with issue 6.
When issue one was published, Apache version 1.0.0 had been
out for just over a month. The current stable version was
1.0.2. The first Netcraft Server Survey we reported on, in issue 5
(March 1996) showed that Apache was almost the most
popular server: it had 27% compared to NCSA's httpd with 28%.
Apache became the most widely used server in the April 1996
survey, reported in issue 9.
By happy coincidence, this issue also celebrated the first
anniversary of the creation of Apache. In July 1996 Apache
1.1 was released (issue
By January 1997 we we delivering Apache Week to over 3000
address, plus visitors to the Apache Week web site. We
covered the long Apache 1.2 beta cycle, which had started on
1st December 1996 with 1.2b1 and continued until Apache 1.2
was released in June 1997 (issue
68). The 1.3 beta cycle started in October 1997 (issue
87) and continued until Apache 1.3.0 was released in June
118). Whilst 1.3.0 was highly stable on Unix systems, it
was much less developed on Windows.
In August 1998 the Netcraft Server Survey showed for the
first time that Apache was in use on more than half the
world's internet servers, and Ralf Engelschall released the
first version of the popular mod_ssl module. In
October the first official Apache conference, ApacheCon 98,
was held in San Fransisco and was a huge sucess drawing
nearly 500 registrations (issue
134). The record was set for the most Apache developers
in the same place at the same time: 14. here is
the proof [jpg,53k].
Towards the end of 1998, Apache was recognised by Microsoft
as a real and credible threat to their business in their
leaked memos (issue
In July 1999 (issue
165) the Apache Software Foundation was formed with the
aim to provide a legal framework for Apache and related
open-source projects such as the Jakarta and XML projects.
Apache 1.3 remains the stable branch of the Apache software,
now at 1.3.11 (released 21st January 2000). Although the new
releases are designed mostly for bug fixes there have been a
significant number of new features added. A number of
additional new features have been written for 1.3 (including
EAPI, IPv6, and performance patches) but these will unlikely
be included in future 1.3 releases. All development effort is
now being focussed on Apache 2.0
Today Apache-based servers are on use on over 60% of the
world's Internet sites, including some of the more famous
sites such as Amazon.com. Apache Week is now delivered to
over 11,000 addresses, with a similar number of unique
visitors each week to the web site. We've teamed up with the
O'Reilly network, but the content, editorial control, and
impartiality have not been changed. The revenues we get from
the extra advert banners are being used to fund more in-depth
articles, as well as a percentage direct to the Apache
The Apache group have been working on Apache 2.0 for a long
time, with initial plans reported in February 1998 (issue
102). In September 1999 (issue
173) we published a Apache 2.0 preview and stated that a
beta version should be available in late 1999 or early 2000.
It is now likely that a public beta release will be made
available in March 2000, although it will still be some time
before 2.0 is a full stable relase. Previous experience has
shown it can take nearly a year after a release before a
large proportion of sites upgrade.
Apache Week will continue to bring you the latest news about
Apache and its development, as it happens. We will also
monitor how Apache is being reported in the news, and where
appropriate respond with corrections or clarifications.