Mailing list traffic over the last few weeks was dominated by
two long threads discussing the state of Apache development and
of the development community in general. Stas Bekman began the
first thread, pointing out the noticeable drop in volume of list
traffic over the last 18 months, and suggested several reasons
why the pace of development might be slowing down. The second
thread then went on to discuss the 1.3/2.0 split, and whether
integration of substantial new features for 1.3 should be
encouraged. There were many differing opinions on these topics,
and even a few differing micro-benchmarks comparing 1.3 and
One concrete result of the discussions was an audit of the
bug database by Jeff Trawick, ensuring that all bug reports
which included patches are marked with the "PatchAvailable"
keyword: these can now be viewed in a single query.
The fix for a mod_usertrack bug (BZ#16661) which was included in the recent 1.3.29 and 2.0.48
releases caused an unforeseen regression when
CookieTracking On is used without a
CookieName directive. The workaround is
to add CookieName Apache to the
configuration; the new bug is being tracked as BZ#24483.
Aaron Bannert made some test tarballs for a first release
from the "unstable" 2.1 tree available
for download; the most significant changes in the 2.1 tree
which have not been backported to 2.0 are the rewrites of
mod_include and the authentication modules.
PHP users might be interested to try out the second beta of PHP
5 which was released earlier this month: PHP 5.0.0 beta
ApacheCon 2003 has been over for a couple of weeks; this year we
decided that we were going to relax in Las Vegas rather
than spend all our free time writing up the conference for Apache Week.
We can easily get away with it as the conference was widely
covered by a number of attendees and speakers who wrote up their
thoughts about the conference in all manner of blogs. And amazingly,
for blogs, some of them have useful insights:
Conference committee member,
Ken Coar, has a detailed
account of his days as well as a huge selection of
there really was a Klingon female at the opening reception.
One of the best overviews of the conference was written by Doug
Daulton who leads us through the talks he attended with a summary of
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and
Rod Chavez also gives a comprehensive overview of a number of talks he
attended including the keynotes and sponsored sessions. One of
the keynotes was by Doc Searles, who has his ApacheCon presentation and
At Apache Week we tend to focus on the Apache web server and less
on the other ASF technologies that are available. Andrew Oliver blogs
his way through some of the Java projects and questions the purpose of
the ASF's J2EE project, Geronimo. Mr Oliver must have made some
enemies as Sam Ruby reports on an aborted plan to push him into the
hotel swimming pool. On a more useful note, ASF documentation
guru Rich Bowen adds some insight into the closing
panel where the Pet Store web site demonstration was given by the
Also of note, Adam Trachtenberg gives an overview
from some of the Perl and PHP talks and
Kurowski mentions the painfully slow closing raffle.
Not everyone was happy with the conference, as Todd Bishop
wrote in the Microsoft
blog when he found another attendee who was bored with
ApacheCon. With nearly four hundred registrations it's quite
unsurprising that there will be a few people with some complaints. All
the attendees Apache Week spoke to were more than impressed by the
presentations which were given by the guys behind the technology, not
marketing staff. ApacheCon continues to be the main Apache event where
Apache developers and users to come together and discuss everyone's
Also at ApacheCon, the Apache Software Foundation
announced that they had become one of the first official open-source
licensees for the J2EE certification test kit. More news on this
exciting development is available from IT
News and ZDNet.
In this section we highlight some of the articles on the web
that are of interest to Apache users.
One module which got a lot of attention at ApacheCon was
mod_security, a third-party module which can log
and block suspicious requests. O'Reilly take a look at how this
module can be used in "Introducing mod_security".
Rich Bowen starts documenting A Day in the Life of #Apache, whilst helping
users with their support problems on irc.
Dave Shea writes about the process he went through when upgrading his
Movable-Type powered site from IIS (and ASP) to Apache (and PHP), from
start to finish in "ASP
to PHP, with MT to Boot!"