Apache Software Foundation Releases 2.0 Beta of Their Web Server

From: Roddy Young (press@apache.org)
Date: Thu Apr 05 2001 - 06:00:26 PDT

For Immediate Release

Roderic Olvera Young
ZOT Group


First Public Beta Follows Testing On The Apache Web Site

http://httpd.apache.org/ -- 5 April 2001 -- The Apache Software Foundation
(ASF) today proudly announced the first public beta of the Apache Web
Server at ApacheCon 2001, held at the Santa Clara Convention Centre.

"The latest release puts the world's most popular Web server at the
forefront - in terms of usefulness and scalability. With the release of the
first beta of Apache 2.0, not only are we giving the open source software
community access to a 'real' look at 2.0, but module developers gain the
ability to start porting the modules to 2.0." said Jim Jagieslki, ASF Board

Apache 2.0 offers numerous enhancements, improvements and performance
boosts over the 1.3 codebase. The most visible and noteworthy addition
is the support for the lightweight process model known as threads.
This means the beta works well on Windows and improves the
scalability of the Apache HTTPD server significantly.

"We've taken the Web Server and added some critical elements that will help
it grow in the years to come. For instance, Apache 2.0 allows system
administrators to tailor their Web server specifically for their site and
machines, using the multi-processing module support and the filtered
input/output," said Ryan Bloom, Vice President Apache Portable Run-Time
"This release also features the Apache Portable Run-time, allowing the
Apache Web Server to be ported to more platforms, and still be easily
maintained. Download it and give it whirl."

Apache 2.0 support for filtered I/O allows modules to modify the output of
other modules before it is sent to the client. For example, a server side
include (SSI) can modify the results of a CGI script. Taking a step toward
the future, the release also includes support for IPv6, the next version of the
Internet protocol already being tested on Internet 2.

The Apache team has successfully tested the beta on many versions of Unix,
BeOS, OS/2, Mac OS X and Windows.

Apache has been the most popular Web server on the Internet since April
of 1996. The February 2001 WWW Server site survey by Netcraft (see:
http://www.netcraft.com/survey/) found that more Web servers were using
Apache than any other software running. More than 60 percent of the
Internet Web servers run Apache while the next highest is Microsoft IIS at
20 percent.

For more information or to download the software, please check out

About the Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal and financial
support for the Apache open-source software projects. Formed by members of
the Apache group, the group still exists beyond the participation of
individual volunteers, to enable contributions on intellectual property and
financial support, and to provide a vehicle for limiting legal exposure
while participating in open-source software projects. For more information
on the Apache Software Foundation, please see http://www.apache.org/


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