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From r...@imdb.com (Rob Hartill)
Subject another one (AOL)
Date Fri, 27 Dec 1996 23:33:39 GMT


http://www.techweb.com/wire/news/1227aol.html

  Vienna, Va. -- AOL has reversed its decision to withdraw support for a
  common Internet protocol, a move that had previously prevented AOL
  customers from viewing web sites running on Apache servers.

  According to Apache Group members, America Online had initially
  supported HTTP 1.1 in its beta release. Apache software, which runs on
  about 40 percent of servers on the Internet, supports HTTP 1.1.

  AOL decided the week before Christmas to withhold support for HTTP 1.1,
  reverting to the previous version of the protocol. Users visiting a site
  hosted by an HTTP 1.1 compliant server would simply get a message telling
  them the site wasn't supported by AOL.

  "AOL suddenly shut off access to information to any server that was
  running the protocol," said Randy Terbush, president of Zyzzyva, a Lincoln,
  Neb., web hosting service and Apache member. Apache is a worldwide
  consortium of web masters who offer fixes to the National Computer
  Science Foundation server software.

[Rob - cough. Reporters are so dumb]

  One company effected by the decision was Creative Wonders, an AOL
  content provider that was hosted on a Zyzzyva server, Terbush said. The
  16,000 customers of Hiway Technologies, a Boca Raton, Fla. web hosting
  company that runs its servers on Apache software, were also effected.

  "They had been accessible to AOL customers for months prior to AOL's
  decision," Terbush said.

  Terbush and Hiway spokesperson said that AOL didn't have to do anything
  special to support HTTP 1.1 except to stop blocking it. The new version
  offers some file transfer improvements over HTTP 1.0. 

  AOL officials could not be reached for comment.




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