Apache HTTP Server Marks 17th Anniversary With New Version 2.4
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) celebrates the 17th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server by delivering version 2.4 of the technology, which has been tuned for cloud computing.The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server by delivering version 2.4 of the technology. ASF officials said as of Feb. 21 there are nearly 400 million Websites powered by the Apache HTTP Server, which has been the most popular Web server on the Internet since April 1996.
¢ reduced memory usage;
¢ asynchronous I/O support;
¢ dynamic reverse proxy configuration;
¢ performance on par, or better, than pure event-driven Web servers;
¢ more granular time-out and rate/resource limiting capability; and
¢ more finely tuned caching support, tailored for high traffic servers and proxies. Additional features include easier problem analysis, improved configuration flexibility, more powerful authentication and authorization, and documentation overhaul, ASF officials said. Version 2.4 is the first major upgrade of the Apache Web server in several years. The Apache Web Server began as a fork (an independent development stream) of the NCSA httpd Web server created by Rob McCool at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). After McCool's departure from NCSA in 1994, an online community of individuals called the Apache Group formed to support and enhance its software via email collaboration. The Apache Groups founding members included Brian Behlendorf, Roy Fielding, Rob Hartill, David Robinson, Cliff Skolnick, Randy Terbush, Robert Thau and Andrew Wilson. For the complete feature list, click here. Apache HTTP Server software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A project management committee (PMC) guides the projects day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache HTTP Server source code, documentation, mailing lists and related resources are available here.