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From (Robert S. Thau)
Subject [ Background on Apache]
Date Wed, 19 Jul 1995 18:44:18 GMT
A reporter forwarded me a request for general project info.  I pointed
him at the Web site, and also offered to write up a few paragraphs on
general project background and future directions.  Would anyone object
much if I sent him something like this:

   Briefly, we're a group of webmasters with busy servers to manage, who
   are trying to produce a server which meets our own needs, and
   hopefully those of others.  (For instance, the DBM authentication code
   was originally written for HotWired, which has a *very* large
   authentication database to manage, and has subsequently been used by
   other people with similar problems).
   Likewise, our multi-hosting capability is there because many members
   of the group are ISPs who use it.
   Our current working code, hopefully out in the next week or two, is an
   upward-compatible with the current release, but it's something of a
   refit internally.  The major new feature is an API for extensions to
   the server functionality --- in fact, in the new release, most of the
   server's features (DBM authentication, and even CGI) are actually
   implemented as plug-in modules according to the API.  The API is quite
   flexible; one group member, for instance, has a module which uses the
   "cookie" feature of the Netscape browser to track and log click-trails
   of users who use the Netscape client.  (We'll be shipping this as an
   optional module with the new release).

------ The original request follows: ---------

Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 21:05:40 -0400
To: "Robert S. Thau" <>
Subject: Background on Apache


I am researching an article for my company's publication, "Open Information 
Systems". The subject of the article is web servers.

Could you please point me to some background information on Apache?


Michael Goulde
Editor in Chief
Patricia Seybold Group
148 State Street
Boston, MA  02109

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