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.
The Apache Software Foundation found itself the victim of a fairly sophisticated online attack, the group announced on their website. Apache described the event as a direct, targeted attack against their infrastructure, and specifically the server hosting their issue-tracking software.
According to Philip Gollucci, vice president of Apache infrastructure, the attack did not compromise the open-source Web server's source code repository, however hackers were able to access a server used to keep track of bugs, as well as obtain low-privilege accounts on another server used to maintain the people.apache.org portal.
"None of the source code was affected in any way," Gollucci said.
The hackers, who so far remain unidentified, broke into Apache's HIRA server on April 6 using a Web programming error known as a cross-site scripting bug. They then used a password-guess attack to steal user passwords up until Apache admins noticed the attack on April 9.
Some belated birthday wishes are in order, as the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced the 15th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server on Wednesday.
"A triumph for the all-volunteer Foundation, the Apache HTTP Server reliably delivers petabytes of data across the world’s most demanding uses, including real-time news sources, Fortune 100 enterprise portals, cloud computing clusters, financial services platforms, mission-critical military intelligence applications, aerospace communications networks, and more. The server software can be downloaded, modified and installed by anyone free of charge," the ASF wrote in a blog post.
The Apache Web server was launched on February 23, 1994, and represented ASF's first project. After just 6 months on the scene, it became the world's most popular Web server and has hardly slowed since. Today the Apache HTTP Server powers almost 112 million websites.
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) this week revealed plans to make Apache Pivot a Top-Level Project (TLP), as well as release version 4.0 of the technology, the fourth update of the platform for building rich Internet applications (RIA).
"Users have much higher expectations for Web applications now than they did 10 years ago," said Greg Brown, Chair of the Apache Pivot Project Management Committee (PMC) and Principal Consultant at Cantina Consulting. "This is why we're seeing tools like Flex and Silverlight beginning to gain traction, however, both of these require developers who are otherwise happy using Java to switch technologies. Pivot is an attempt to create a model, rich client development platform in Java."
Pivot brings to the table a set of standard user interface elements from buttons to editable tree and table controls. In addition, it includes an XML markup language to help with the development of modern GUI apps.
Head over to the Apache Software Foundation's website and you'll see an announcement posted by ASF Chairman Jim Jagielski welcoming Facebook as the open-source company's newest sponsor.
"With Open Source in its DNA, Facebook is an enthusiastic champion and active contributor to the ASF, including the Hive subproject of Apache Hadoop, as well as the popular incubating projects Thrift and Cassandra -- all originally developed by Facebook," Jagielski wrote.
Per the announcement, Facebook signed on as a platinum-level sponsor, the highest membership level available and one which requires an annual donation of at least $100,000. Other membership levels include Gold ($40K/year), Silver ($20K/year), and Bronze ($5K/year).
Sometimes you just want to browse and listen to your album collection at the office without having to load it all into a portable music player. Pandora and Last.fm are great web services that can help you discover new music, but they won’t let you specify your own music playlist. Streaming music from within a home network is easy with iTunes and Windows Media Player; what’s trickier is getting access to your 100GB music library while away from home. We’ll teach you how to turn your library into an Internet radio station with Apache server software and a little-known program called netjukebox. You’ll be able to browse your collection via a gallery of album cover art, stream custom playlists, and even download entire albums as zip files.
The first thing you'll need to do is set your desktop up as an Apache server.
Microsoft has released the source code for its Sandbox virtualization technology, offering Web developers a new method for protecting the contents of a Web page from malicious exploits and code injections. The project has been released under the Apache 2.0 license, a source no doubt familiar to Microsoft, as the company began sponsoring the Apache Software Foundation to the tune of $100,000 annually last July.
While the Apache Software Foundation isn't sponsoring or endorsing Sandbox--Microsoft's just using the software license--the move is nevertheless the second time Apache and Microsoft are tangling up this year. Microsoft announced its intentions to donate code to Apache's Stonehenge project on January 19.
We've explored Microsoft's increased interest in the world of open-source solutions before. Click the jump to find out why the software giant is so interested in letting everyone else play in its Sandbox for free.
Microsoft's sponsorship is at the Platinum level ($100,000/year), where it joins Google and Yahoo!
Not Just Money, Patches for Open Source Projects
These sources also report that Microsoft is also providing a patch that provides ADOdb database abstraction layer support for the PHP SQL driver developed in conjunction with Zend Technologies. What may be more significant to open-source advocates is that Microsoft is licensing the patch under the Free Software Foundation's lesser GPL (LGPL) licensing terms. This appears to be the first time that Microsoft has licensed code using a FSF licensing agreement.
What's In It for Microsoft?
According to The Register:
The decision to work on PHP fits with the overall strategy of improving the language's interoperability with Windows and stemming the loss of PHP application deployments to Linux. LGPL allows code to be used with proprietary programs - such as SQL Server - unlike its GPL cousin.
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Internet research and security firm Netcraft has released the findings of its June 2008 Web Server Survey. Netcraft pegged the number of websites at a shade over 172 million, an increase of 3.9 million from the preceding month. Although the main objective of this survey wasn’t to perform a headcount of websites but to size up web server usage trends, it still gives a fair idea of the website population.
Click through to find out how accurate Netcraft's census is and whether you need to make a beeline for that proverbial pinch of salt.