Patching Apache

Thursday, 22 May 2003, 11:13 AM EST

The Apache Web server basks in the admiration of commercial software distributors and customers alike. According to a May 2003 survey by Netcraft, about 63 percent of all Internet sites are powered by Apache. Indeed, its open-source model seems destined to become the darling of commodity software markets.

But there is a flip side to Apache's success. There are hundreds of distributors of the software, and most of them make tiny changes to the code to suit their own needs. Keeping a tight rein on modifications seems like a difficult proposition, but the politics of the open-source community have kept Apache largely intact. Still, some vendors are going their own way with the software and finding that certain improvements do make sense.

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