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Subject cvs commit: apache-site/press 05Jan98.txt
Date Sat, 10 Jan 1998 14:07:14 GMT
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  Added:       press    05Jan98.txt
  Add the 5/1/98 press release
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  For Release: January 5th, 1998
  Jim Jagielski
  The Apache Group
  c/o jaguNET Access Services
  +1 410 931 3157
  Mike Prettejohn
  Netcraft, Ltd.
  +44 1225 447500
  Sameer Parekh
  C2Net Software, Inc.
  +1 510 986 8770
  The Apache Web Server, from the Apache Group (,
  now serves over half the domains on the Internet, according to the
  latest Netcraft Web Server Survey ( According
  to the January 1998 survey, the Apache server and its derivatives
  serve 50.24% of the 1,834,710 sites found by Netcraft.
  From its humble beginnings in early 1995 as a set of patches to the
  original NCSA Web Server, the Apache Web Server has steadily grown in
  popularity as well as power and capability. The Apache server was one
  of the first Web servers to implement the HTTP/1.1 protocol, for
  example. The Apache server has become established as the dominant Web
  server, far outpacing commercial offerings from the giants Microsoft
  and Netscape.
  The key to the success of the Apache Web server is its dedicated
  development team. A core group of developers, known as the Apache
  Group, constantly update, fix, and improve the server in order to
  create the best server available. 
  Another key to the Apache server's impressive popularity is that it is
  freely available via the Internet. Webmasters can quickly and easily
  download the entire source code for the server to compile it
  themselves, or they can download various precompiled and "ready to
  run" versions.  Since the source code is freely available, it is easy
  for webmasters to greatly enhance the Apache Web server's capability,
  either by adding numerous "modules" which extend the server's
  functions or by editing the actual server code to suit their needs.
  "It really is a labour of love," said Jim Jagielski, member of the
  Apache Group. "Every one of us in the Group are committed to making
  Apache the best it can be. We are all experienced Net citizens
  and therefore have a real feel for what's needed. We also listen
  very intently to what is needed and desired by the Net community, so
  we can implement those features into Apache. And since we don't have
  the huge inertia of a commercial company to worry about, we can do it
  quicker and better than anyone else."
  "One of the strengths of the Apache project is that many of the core
  team and key contributors are themeselves running high profile sites,
  and so know what is required from first hand experience," said Mike
  Prettejohn, Director of Netcraft, "in particular, the support for
  virtual domains, and the server's overall stability and resilience has
  made Apache the de facto choice for ISPs and hosting companies
  throughout the world."
  "Apache is the ideal platform for building mission-critical web-based
  applications," said Sameer Parekh, President of C2Net Software, Inc.,
  whose Stronghold Web Server is the most widely used commercial
  Apache-based server. "Apache confuses most industry analysts because
  they have forgotten that mission-critical Internet services, from web
  services to domain name services to electronic mail, have been running
  on free software since Day One."
  The latest version of the Apache Web server is 1.2.4, which runs on
  most UNIX platforms. The next release of the Apache server, version 1.3,
  currently in beta test, will run on both UNIX and Microsoft Windows NT.
  Netcraft ( is an networking consultancy based
  in Bath, England and is well known worldwide for its Web Server
  Survey, which is widely considered a primary empirical metric for the
  number of web sites and the relative popularity of web server software
  on the internet.
  C2Net Software, Inc. ( is a leading provider of
  uncompromised network security software. Through its international
  offshore development programs, all C2Net products are exempt from
  U.S. government export restrictions, allowing the company to offer
  uncrippled, strong cryptography solutions to customers worldwide.
  The Apache Group is a group of individuals who are committed to
  developing the best web server in the world and making it freely

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