From: r...@sierra.zyzzyva.com (Randy Terbush)
Subject: Announcing: Apache-1.0 Release
Message-ID: < firstname.lastname@example.org>#1/1
organization: Zyzzyva Enterprises
Announcing: *Apache 1.0*!
December 2, 1995:
The Apache Group formally announces the availability of Apache 1.0.0, a
free, public domain web server for the Unix family of operating systems.
Apache is available in full C source code, and binary releases are available
for the most common systems. Apache has been in use for the past few months
on several major web sites, and has been heavily battle-tested with the aim
of providing maximum performance. Apache 1.0.0 presents no major
advancements over the 0.8 family, but it does represent a lot of bug fixes.
To obtain the release, go to the home page at .
You can download it from there, or select one of many mirror locations. Full
documentation is available on those web sites, including a very attractive
Of particular interest, SSL support has been integrated into Apache by two
vendors (one in the US, one in the UK), and a port to OS/2 has been
completed. In a recent Netcraft web server survey, Apache was shown to
be the fastest-growing web server in installation share - currently #2 in
the ".com" domain, and #1 in the ".co.uk" domain.
Support for Apache comes in several different flavors. Members of the
Apache Group and many Apache users monitor the USENET newsgroup
"comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix", and are willing to answer questions
there. Furthermore, two mailing lists exist to support users - an
apache-announce mailing list (majord...@apache.org, "subscribe
apache-announce") for information about new releases, bug fixes, etc.,
and an apache-users mailing list (majord...@trytel.com, "subscribe
apache-users") for general questions and discussion. A list of
companies which provide commercial contract support for Apache is being
built - send mail to apa...@apache.org if your company is interested in
providing this service and being listed.
If you are interested in helping the Apache Group develop the world's
fastest and most featureful free public domain web server, send mail to
 - < URL:http://www.netcraft.co.uk/Survey/Reports/>
From: r...@volterra.ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Subject: New Apache server BETA release
organization: MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab
The Apache project is proud to announce a new beta release of its
server, Apache; see http://www.apache.org for pointers to code and
documentation. This release features ---
*) non-forking server pool operation on all systems, with the size
of the server pool dynamically adapted to the observed load (so
you don't have to guess how many server processes you need ---
if you can get that right, you're doing better than us ;-).
*) API for server extensions. Just about anything can be done through
the API, and in the server code itself, most things are (including
all forms of authentication, CGI, server-side includes, etc.).
*) Better handling of languages in Content Negotiation --- in
particular, MultiViews can now be configured to recognize certain
suffixes (*.fr, *.en, *.de, etc.) as signifying the language of the
text in the file (a frequently requested feature).
*) Improved NCSA 1.4 compatibility, via optional modules which implement
the RefererLog, RefererIgnore and UserAgentLog features.
Finally, we have some experimental modules, both to illustrate the
possibilities of the API, and to give a preliminary indication of
future directions for our own code (though the official versions of
these features will probably differ somewhat from these experimental
versions). These include:
*) An experimental replacement for the standard logger, which
supports a LogFormat directive allowing you to control the format
of lines in the access_log (and to add such fields as Referer and
*) A module which uses the GNU dld library (if you have it) to load
other modules at runtime.
This code has undergone an internal beta test for the last several
weeks on some very busy servers, and is believed to be more or less
stable; however, it is still beta code, and those valuing stability
above all else may wish to continue using the more mature release
0.6.5 code for the next week or two; after that, we anticipate a
further, non-beta 0.8.x release fixing any minor bugs which are
uncovered during this test period.