There's only a week left to qualify for the early-bird
registration fee of US$795 for the O'Reilly
Open Source Convention 2000. After June 19th it'll cost
the slightly higher price of US$895.
Monterey, California plays host to the conference between
July 17th and 20th, and brings together the leaders of 10
critical open source technologies - including Apache - to
give you an inside look at how to configure, optimise, code,
and manage them.
Apache Week will be there, and notable Apache-bods on the
speakers list include Ryan Bloom, Ken Coar, and Rasmus
Lerdorf. If the gravitational pull of those names aren't
enough, there's a feast of activities including the Double
Feature Movie night (with free popcorn) and the Open-Source
Apache Site: www.apache.org/httpd
Release: 1.3.12 (Released 25th February
Alpha: 2.0a4 (Released 7th June 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
Most bugs listed below include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.3.12 will be made available in
the apply_to_1.3.12 subdirectory of the patches
directory on the Apache site. Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.3
patches directory. For details of all previously reported
bugs, see the Apache bug
database and known
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
The majority of development work is now being focused on
Apache 2.0, with the hopes of an updated alpha-test version
towards the end of March 2000.
A number of additions and fixes have been made to Apache
1.3.12 with a view to releasing Apache 1.3.13 sometime in
July. The features added over the last few weeks include:
A directory layout for Solaris 8 has been added to the
The media types have been added to the default
mime.types file including filename extensions
for the WAP types.
An addition to the htpasswd tool allows
passwords to be generated and output to standard output
rather than a password file allowing the tool to be used to
generate passwords for inclusion into other types of
The SetEnvIf and BrowserMatch
range of directives are now able to be used in
A comprehensive review of the Windows documentation has
been committed which should reduce the number of support
inquiries and problem reports.
Windows 95 and 98 can now benefit from an experimental
emulation of the NT services, including install and
uninstall options. The Apache server therefore can start
when the OS loads and will not stop if the current user
logs off. A handler for Win32 Ctrl+C, Ctrl+Break, Close,
Logoff, Shutdown has been added
The Windows project files have been converted to work with
Microsoft Visual C 6.0. Scripts have been provided to allow
developers who only have access to MSVC 5.0 to use the new
files as they are not backward compatible.
The default serialised accept has been changed for AIX 4.3
to provide a substantial performance improvement on
multiple CPU machines serving large numbers of concurrent
A series of alpha releases of Apache 2.0 are being made
available from the Apache site. This
fourth alpha has a number of additions and fixes since the
third alpha released at the start of May but should still not
be considered even beta-quality code. The release of the
third alpha was covered in
Apache Today and slashdot.
In the first of a weekly series of columns in Apache Today,
Rich Bowen explains how Apache can be configured to allow to
permit CGI and ultimately serve dynamic content. "
Apache Guide: Dynamic Content with CGI" is not the most
in-depth article, but it goes some way to getting you started
and understanding the basics.
Everyone knows how powerful open-source solutions can be, and
how well they fair in comparison with their commercial
cousins. Two sites currently have articles about setting up
an internet database - such as Apache-based imdb.com - using
free technologies, including Apache. These show how Apache is
perfectly viable to power high-profile e-commerce sites.
In addition, and once you've got your new site online, Dotcomma
have an article exploring the
performance of PHP and MySQL