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Apache Web server sees major upgrade

Antony Savvas

The Apache Software Foundation has announced a major upgrade to its popular open-source Apache Web server system, including improved caching and support for larger files.

Internet monitoring firm Netcraft estimates that Apache is used to support about 70% of the world’s websites.

Apache is part of the open-source solutions stack LAMP (the Linux operating system, Apache, the MySQL database and the PHP or Perl scripting language).

The Foundation said of the new 2.2.0 release, “This release has been through extensive testing, including live at some of the world’s busiest sites, and is now considered stable.”

The Foundation added that modules and applications developed for Apache 2.2.0 will be both source- and binary-compatible with future 2.2.x releases.

The system can now support large files over 2Gbytes on 32-bit Unix-based systems. In addition, filtering options have been introduced which are said to be easier to set-up and administer when compared to using the previous 2.0 version.

There is also easier connectivity to the MySQL database for those organisations that need it.


 

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