The most popular Web service application is the Apache server — it's free and open source, and it's multi-platformed (working on MS Windows and every incarnation of Unix and Linux). Apache runs primarily off one configuration text file and is highly configurable. However, some configuration possibilities can be tricky, and some options are unknown to many would-be Apache systems administrators. In this new Apache series, I will cover how to configure the Apache server for various common and specialized needs, and also discuss how to adjust Apache for better performance.
In this installment, I will discuss the basics of Apache — what role it plays and how to configure the essentials. Although this article may be a bit basic for some readers, it can help get you started and serve as a reference for later articles.
By Russell J.T. Dyer at Unix Review.
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