Another server survey shows that Apache is used by 50.7% of
the primary web servers within the non-geographic top-level
domain names (.com, .edu, etc). ServerStats surveyed just
the main server within each domain, for example,
www.company.com, and not any servers with other names or in
sub-domains such as "server.company.com" or
"www.dept.company.com". This makes the results reflect the
single server that the domain uses for its most visible site,
and not the full range of servers used on the Web.
The results are in line with other Internet surveys. Apache
on its own accounts for 50.7%. When the Apache derivatives
are also included this rises to 57%. Microsoft are on 19.9%
of surveyed sites, and Netscape on 10.3%.
They also present figures where multiple servers on the same
case C subnet are regarded as served by a single server (a
class C subnet is basically the group of IP addresses where
the first three numbers are the same, for example, 220.127.116.11
through 18.104.22.168). This is an attempt to eliminate "virtual
hosting", and to get to a better figure for the number of
distinct installations. When processed like this the figures
show that Microsoft has 36.% and Apache 30.2%. However, as
they point out, this processing is not very accurate because
it can collapse real separate servers into one, such as when
servers are located at a "server farm".
Apache Site: www.apache.org
Release: 1.2.5 (Released 5th January 1998)
Beta: 1.3b5 (Released 19th February 1998)
Apache 1.2.5 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.2.4 and earlier should upgrade to this version since it
fixes a number of bugs and potential security problems. A new
version, 1.2.6, is expected soon.
The bugs listed below now include a link to the entry in the
Apache bug database where the problem is being tracked. These
entries are called "PR"s (Problem Reports). Some bugs do not
correspond to problem reports if they are found by
These bugs have been found in 1.3 and will be fixed in the
next beta (1.3b6)
If the final line in a configuration file did not have a
trailing newline, Apache would not read it correctly PR#1869
Multiple SetEnvIf directives may not be
evaluated in their configure file order, if the same header
and regular expression is used. From the next beta, all
SetEnvIf directives will be evaluated in
configuration file order.
If the module which handles a particular "handler" is not
compiled in, the default handler will be used. From the
next release, Apache will log this as a warning, since it
probably indicates a mistake.
A workaround has been applied for the next beta to avoid
possible problems when the proxy is accessing a site via
another proxy. PR#1741
When proxying FTP files, Apache previously was not
returning the file's content length. It will now add a
content length if the file is transferred in binary mode.
Patches for bugs in Apache 1.2.5 may be made available in the
directory on the Apache site (this directory may not exist if
no patches are available). Some new features and other
unofficial patches are available in the 1.2
patches directory (these may not apply cleanly to 1.2.5).
For details of all previously reported bugs, see the Apache
bugs pages. Many common configuration questions are
answered in the Apache FAQ.
Development has slowed down to prepare for the release of
Apache 1.3. During the beta release cycle Apache is in a
"feature freeze" where no major new features will be added.
Support has been added to Apache for building shared modules
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apache's free
software gives Microsoft and Netscape fits. This is a
detailed article on Apache, which shows that some major
companies do run Apache despite the views of some industry
analysists: McDonalds, Digital, Kimberley-Clark and Texas
Instruments are listed as Apache users. Apache is not backed
by a commercial organisation, so some people think it will be
poorly supported. However there are increasing reports from
people who prefer the support they do get from Apache: "It
takes most vendors several weeks, sometimes months, to get
fixes out. We need it within days," says Steve Madere, chief
technology officer of Deja News Inc.
This article also describes Apache as written by people
"working in their spare time over gin and tonics at home".
Unfortunately, gin and tonics are actually not very common
Apache development aids.