In this issue
This week a press release announced that
VeriSign and Red Hat signed an agreement to deliver trust
services to Apache/Linux customers. The release explains
that VeriSign will now issue Global Server ID certificates to
Apache users, even those not based in the USA. Global Server
ID certificates were designed when exports of strong
cryptography from the USA were more controlled. A site with
such a certificate would cause some older export-crippled
browsers to renegotiate with full strength cryptography.
In the past, VeriSign had only been able to issue these
certificates to companies in designated industries, in a
limited set of countries, running approved server software.
Apache was not approved, but some Apache-based commercial
servers were. However, now that full-strength browsers from
Microsoft and Netscape are available to nearly all countries,
the importance of using Global Server ID certificates has
diminished. More details of their announcement are available
at the Thawte
E-commerce territory examined
InformationWeek looks at Apache and SSL in "Open
Source Moves To The Mainstream". The article discusses
the secure server survey from e-soft which shows Apache with
63% market share but notes that the "battle over E-commerce
territory has been a little more difficult for open source,
perhaps an indication that security-minded companies prefer
to use commercial products".
Apache keeps the Internet open
Linux Magazine interviews Tim O'Reilly in "A
Conversation With the Man Behind the Animal Books". The
article discusses the evolving open source industry and pays
particular attention to Apache. Tim O'Reilly is quoted as
saying " I think Apache plays an enormously important role
here. Because it has a dominant market share, it keeps the
Internet open. I think it's more important for Apache to have
dominant market share than for Linux. If Linux is dominant
too, that's better, but I'd hate to see us lose Apache.
That's a really important battleground."
Other Apache news
The April Netcraft
Server Survey shows another gain for Apache amongst the
14 million sites surveyed. Now over 64% of Internet servers
run Apache or servers based on Apache.
review of the new book "Apache Server Commentary" is
available. The book is aimed at developers and contains
source code listings of the Apache server.
UserLand hosts an interesting open forum
about commercial software, which originally started as an
email discussion between Dave Winer and Brian Behlendorf. In
own comments he picks out some of the discussion and his
own point of view, accusing Apache of being boring.
LinuxPlanet have a new feature about Apache,
"Using the Apache CVS Repository". The article explains
how the Apache developers use a master code repository for
the work on Apache 1.3 and 2.0. Anyone interested in keeping
up to date with the cutting edge developments of Apache can
use the described methods to maintain their own copy of the
source tree, whilst easily keeping with the changes being
made by the Apache developers.
GB direct have a case study on WAP-Enabling
a Website with PHP3. The article shows the design
decisions they made using the MySQL database and PHP
scripting lanugage. They show that interactive sites can be
simplified by separating data management from the
presentation, as they feed CGI script output through PHP
before returning it to the client. This has enabled them to
easily add support for browsing using a mobile phone (using
WAP and WML), although they found that the current technology
will leave phone users extremely frustrated.
This occasional section contains short announcements of jobs
which require significant Apache experience. To see more jobs
or find out how to submit your vacancy visit the Apache Week Jobs
Technical Support (Newbury, UK)
We are seeking a technical support specialist to provide
first line web server support via email and phone. An
excellent customer manner, prior technical support, UNIX,
and web server experience a bonus.
Management Engineer (USA)
MP3.com is seeking a Configuration Engineer to manage our
code and data and assure new software is designed so it
will both scale and can be easy to manage. You will work in
a pure Unix environment where we use open-source tools:
Linux, Perl, CVS, MySql, Apache.
MP3.com seeks an engineer who loves building out
infrastructure. You will work in a team environment to
enhance internal business web applications. You'll combine
the potent ingredients of Linux, mySQL, Apache and Perl
with your imagination to address our internal application
Sr. Web Programmer
(USA, San Diego)
MP3.com, Inc. is looking for Sr. Web Programmers. you will
be working on the content management and web publication
applications at MP3.com. These applications are responsible
for managing our ever growing databases of artists, songs,
CDs and publishing this data to our web servers.
Apache Site: www.apache.org/httpd
Release: 1.3.12 (Released 25th February
Alpha: 2.0a2 (Released 31st March 2000) (local download
Apache 1.3.12 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.11 and earlier on Unix and Windows systems should upgrade
to this version. Read the Guide
to 1.3.12, the Guide
to 1.3.11 for information about changes between 1.3.9 and
1.3.11 and the Guide to
1.3.9 for information about changes between 1.3.6 and
A third alpha of Apache 2.0 is expected to be available this
Every day at Apache Week we receive many requests to help
with individual Apache problems. Whilst we can't respond to
every request we are interested to hear about particular
problems you are having with Apache so that we can write
about the things that more commonly occur. We are equally
interested in any success stories you might want to share,
how you came across pit falls and what you did to solve them.
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