This week an Apache 2.0.19 tarball was made available for
testing, although it was soon discovered that a last-minute
change to the scoreboard code meant that there were serious
problems with the threaded MPM. The code was fixed soon after
but it seems unlikely that this tarball will be released
One of the benefits of Apache 2.0's design is that it allows
a module to add support for a protocol other than HTTP to the
server. To demonstrate this, Ryan Bloom announced that he has
written a POP3 protocol module for Apache 2.0. It is not yet
decided whether this module will be developed under the
auspices of apache.org.
Recent commits to the CVS repositories include several
improvements to the FTP handling in the Apache 2.0 mod_proxy
from Victor Orlikowski, and a large amount of work on the
modular memory system "SMS" code in APR.
ApacheCon Europe 2001 will be held in Dublin, Ireland on the
15-17 October 2001. The conference follows hot on the heels
of ApacheCon in London last October and the recent ApacheCon
in Santa Clara, during which the Apache Web Server beta 2.0
was launched. The location for this ApacheCon couldn't be
better, being set in Ireland's largest hotel just minutes
away from the lively city centre, and with it's own night
club and Irish Cabaret.
The agenda for the conference was made
available this week. The conference has less talks than
previous ApacheCons, but there is no compromise on quality,
and ApacheCon gives you the opportunity to meet the main
players behind the Apache technologies.
Apache Week will be there to cover the festivities, and to
drink our way through the Guinness. Find out more at the conference web site, or
read our account of ApacheCon
2001 Santa Clara.
Only a few weeks and Apache Week will be heading off to the
coast of San Diego, California for the O'Reilly Open Source
Convention. You need to register soon if you want to join us
and meet the leaders of more than 14 critical open source
technologies - including Apache. The schedule looks pretty
packed, and last year we just couldn't find time to attend
everything that looked interest (Read our account
of the 2000 convention). This year we are looking forward
to the scheduled live debate on Open Source with Microsoft.
Register now, or find out more at the conference web
It has been a few months since we last reported on new
figures from the Netcraft and E-Soft
surveys of web sites. Netcraft find that Apache and servers
based on Apache now have nearly 65% market share, and E-Soft
report 60%. In the secure server space, E-Soft find Apache
and Stronghold together have 61% market share. These
percentages have changed very little since we last reported
on them back in December 2000.
Netcraft have recently developed a technique to try to find
out how many of the sites they query are hosted on the same
machine, as some sites run many thousand virtual hosts from a
single copy of Apache. They found that Microsoft Windows has
a signifcantly higher share of the web when counted by number
of machines are counted. They conclude
that although "Apache running on various Unix systems runs
more sites than Windows, Apache is heavily deployed at
hosting companies and ISPs who strive to run as many sites as
possible on a single computer to save costs. Windows is most
popular with end-user and self hosted sites, where the host
to computer ratio is much smaller."
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
It's another one for Mac OS X as
"Building Apache 1.3.19 and PHP 4.0 for Mac OS X 1.0"
looks at installing the latest version of Apache Web server
directly over the Apple supplied binaries. It includes
instructions for updating WebDAV, and adding PHP support, but
not enabling support for SSL.
Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier walks you through the process of
setting up and running a few benchmark tests against Apache
using autobench and
"HTTP Benchmarking, Part 2". The tests are performed on
both the Debian x86 and SPARC distributions but will apply to
any UNIX-based OS running Apache.
Daemonnews brings you an article
which takes advantage of SSL/TLS by adding mod_ssl to the
Apache Web server. It shows you how to build Apache v1.3.19,
mod_ssl v2.8.2, and OpenSSL v0.9.6a from source.
For complex web applications, it is sometimes necessary to
separate presentation from logic. The Developer Shed presents
one of the many ways to do this by using PHP and an
external class called FastTemplate.