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From Sam Rasins <>
Subject Re: RfD: new Announcement message
Date Tue, 14 Apr 1998 09:03:03 GMT
> Subject: RfD: new Announcement message
> Comments?
>                                        Ralf S. Engelschall

Okay, here are a few comments from a USER (lurker) ....

I think the announcement that Ralf put together is a good step towards
better communication of the added benefits to running 1.3 .vs. 1.2.  I
especially like the URL references ... it shows that the Apache Group
has much more to offer than just code!  Personally, I *know* y'all put
way more than just code into the project ... but this may NOT be evident
from the Joe Blow perspective.

>  Apache 1.3 Beta 6 Released
>  ==========================
>  The Apache Group is pleased to announce the release of the 1.3b6 version 
>  of Apache, the latest beta release of the Apache HTTP server.
>  Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April of
>  1996. The Web Server Survey by Netcraft (
>  found that more web servers were using Apache than any other software. Apache
>  and its derivatives are run on over 50% of all web domains on the Internet.
>  The Apache project has been organized in an attempt to answer some of the
>  concerns regarding active development of a public domain HTTP server for
>  Unix. The goal of this project is to provide an open-source, secure,
>  efficient and extensible server which provides HTTP services in sync with the
>  current HTTP standards. For more information about the Apache project check
>  out

Though the history lesson in the front of the announcement is great for
the unknowing user (i.e. a newbie to Apache), it is not as important as
the new features and should be reduced in size (if possible :).  Maybe
the first three paragraphs could be combined into one or two with a little

>  To grab the latest Apache distribution, check out 
>  and the huge list of available "Internal Mirror Sites" at 

This is an important paragraph ... a MUST KEEP!!!

I like the use of + and - to show ALL the changed since 1.2 ... cool.

>  For a detailed list of changes please read the CHANGES file in the
>  distribution and the "New Features with Apache 1.3" document at
>  For your convenience here
>  is a short summary of all major changes between Apache 1.2 and 1.3 (changes
>  introduced between last 1.3b5 release and current 1.3b6 release are
>  additionally marked with a plus sign):

I realize that all of the references (well most of them) are in the doc
package included in the distribution ... however, if a copy of the doc
package were put on the site and the URLs given (instead of
the files), then those who view the announcement from a modern mail
reader can link directly to the page on the Apache site to see it ...
>    -  Ported to Windows 95/NT
>         (see README.NT and htdocs/manual/windows.html)

could be:
     -  Ported to Windows 95/NT
          (see README.NT and

and it will appear as a link in the mail reader.  It will then be just a
click away!  (I guess the same can be done for the README.NT as a
"text/plain" type file as well).

>    -  Ported to BS2000/OSD, a mainframe OS with EBCDIC charset 
>         (see src/README.EBCDIC)
>    +  Apache Autoconf-style Interface (APACI) for out-of-the-box installation
>         (see README.configure and INSTALL)
>    -  API Additions
>         (see htdocs/manual/new_features_1.3.html)

Overall ... a vast improvement ...  thanks!

Sambo	P-)

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