The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) this week rolled out version 2.4 of its open source Apache HTTP Server software. It's the first major overhaul in six years, and it also happens to coincide with the software's 17th anniversary. During its nearly two-decade run, Apache HTTP Server has come to power almost 400 million websites around the globe, making it the most popular Web server around.
"It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of Apache HTTP Server 2.4," said Eric Covener, Vice President of the Apache HTTP Server Project. "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."
Apache Server began as a fork of a Web server created by Rob McCool for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). When McCool left NCSA, an assembly of online programmers formed the Apache Group and continued to improve the software by collaborating through email. It took less than a year for Apache HTTP Server to become the No. 1 server on the Internet.
It's a different landscape today, and with that in mind, ASF said there are a number of enhancements in version 2.4 that will benefit Cloud environments. The team also focused on performance, which they say is now on par with, or better than, pure event-driven Web servers.
You can read the release notes here, and iff you really want to flex your geek muscle, you can check out detailed API changes in version 2.4 here.