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From r..@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Subject [mgoulde@psgroup.com: 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
From: mgoulde@psgroup.com
To: "Robert S. Thau" <rst@volterra.ai.mit.edu>
Subject: Background on Apache

Robert:

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?

TIA

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