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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Apache in the news...
Date Thu, 11 Jan 1996 03:23:35 GMT

note the copyright, don't forward around (Brad Templeton hates it).  
Didn't realize so many of my quotes would be taken verbatim. :)


>From: (NB / TYO)
>Subject: Apache Web Server Gains Fans Fast 01/09/96
>Organization: Copyright 1996 by Newsbytes News Network
TOKYO, JAPAN, 1996 JAN 9 (NB) -- In the world of browser software for 
the Internet's World Wide Web, everyone knows Netscape Navigator. To 
many users it is the software of choice and it is hard to spend ten 
minutes on the Web without seeing a message telling you a page is 
optimized for it, but in the world of Web server software, a just-over 
six month-old program called Apache is proving to be the rising star.  

According to the latest results from Netcraft's Web Server Survey, a 
monthly automated survey that seeks to find what server software all 
known Web sites are using, Apache now runs just under 20% of all sites 
on the World Wide Web, an impressive figure given the software didn't 
exist nine months ago.  

The server was born out of the wishes of people for faster development 
of new additions and updates of the NCSA (National Center for 
Supercomputing Activities) Web server. Work on this software slowed 
when the primary authors left to form Netscape Communications 

As set out by the project, "The goal is to provide a secure, efficient 
and extensible server which provides HTTP (hypertext transfer 
protocol) services in sync with the current HTTP standards." Apache 
was designed as a plug-in replacement for NCSA 1.3, so anyone wishing 
to use an actively maintained, public domain Web server could change 
with the "minimum of difficulty."  

When Netcraft released the first Web Server Survey, in August, 1995, 
the Apache server accounted for just 3.47% of all sites, well behind 
the NCSA and CERN servers which dominated the network with 57.16% and 
19.69% respectively.  

As the year continued, the percentage of sites using the Apache server 
climbed to reach almost three times the August figure by November, 
when it hit 11.39%. The December 5 release of version 1.0 of Apache 
pushed up usage figures to 17.91% of all servers, and as of January 
1, Apache was running on 19.74% of all Web sites.  

In the same period since August, Netscape has seen its percentage rise 
from 2.65% to 13.50% and other servers, notably the NCSA server, which 
Apache seems to be replacing, have lost ground.  

Brian Behlendorf, a core member of the Apache Project, told Newsbytes 
what he believed to be the reasons people were switching to the 
software, saying, "The features, and the ability to add new features 
easily through the API (application programming interface), plus the 
huge community of other Apache users and module builders, makes for a 
very rich soup."  

The huge community of users that Behlendorf talks of are adding, and 
taking, a lot from the project, making it an interesting experience. 
He continued, "Increased notoriety has its benefits and drawbacks. 
Certainly the demands for supporting this increase as the user base 

"Sometimes, the code base needs to be pulled aside and revamped top to 
bottom and when people are pressuring to add little enhancements here 
and there, revamps are discouraged. Since this is a volunteer effort, 
people contribute time when they can, which means that some people 
have contributed and left, but there are some new faces in the group 
too," he noted.  

As for the future, "There are still lots of things to add, and the 
user interface needs to be greatly enhanced," said Behlendorf. However, 
he added with some satisfaction, "What's there now represents a 
significant advance over what we started with last April."  

On the drawing board are versions for OS/2 and the full release of 
Apache SSL, a Web server that includes support for Netscape's Secure 
Sockets Layer which is used in applications requiring encryption of 

The seeds that Netscape grew from were planted in a very similar way -- 
the NCSA Web server that Apache is now largely replacing. Will, or 
could, a commercial venture ever spin off from this project?  

"There is an API to its internal workings which allows other parties 
to write commercial modules which plug into it, and they are free to 
distribute those modules however they see fit," said Behlendorf. "The 
core will stay in the public domain -- taking any part of it private 
would lose one of its greatest strengths -- the fact that it is a 
public-source-code server."  

As of January 1, major Internet sites running Apache include Hot 
Wired at , and Web Crawler at .  

More details on the Apache Project can be found on the World Wide Web 
at . Netcraft's Web Server Survey can be found 
at .  

(Martyn Williams/19960109/Press, public contact: Apache Project, 
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