THE APACHE FOUNDATION has released Apache 2.4, the first major revision of its popular web server in six years.
Apache is the most popular web server and runs an estimated 400 million web sites, with major releases usually occurring at a snail's pace due to its huge impact. Apache 2.4 offers performance improvements, with the foundation citing lower memory usage and better concurrency.
Eric Covener, VP of the Apache HTTP Server Project said, "This release delivers a host of evolutionary enhancements throughout the server that our users, administrators, and developers will welcome. We've added many new modules in this release, as well as broadened the capability and flexibility of existing features."
The Apache Foundation highlighted the Apache 2.4 release's increasingly fine-grained management of resources, even including the ability for configuration files to have conditional statements. The foundation claims its updates help the web server software perform better in high-performance environments, an area where niche web server software such as Lighttpd and Nginx have seen growth.
The Apache Foundation also celebrated the 17th birthday of the Apache web server daemon, which started as a fork of the US National Center for Supercomputing Applications' HTTPD. Apache HTTPD runs over 60 per cent of the web, according to Netcraft, and has continued to reign over the web despite Microsoft shipping its Internet Information Services web server free with Windows Server. µ