Apache 2.4 released on 17th Anniversary, major release in 6 years

Apache team announced the new enriched version of Its product with superior security and performance. Apparently the release coincides on the company's 17th Anniversary which is a major release in last six years.

Apache controls approximately 60% (around 400 million websites) of all websites on the internet and is widely used because of its simplicity. Apache was launched back in 1995 and since then it is the first choice for devs and website owners.The Apache project was established around a fork of a Web server that was originally developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

The new version of apache provides better security and performance over the predecessor. Some of the scripts have been rewritten and numerous new ones are added to pack.

"This release delivers a host of evolutionary enhancements throughout the server that our users, administrators, and developers will welcome," Apache server vice president Eric Covener wrote in a statement. "We've added many new modules in this release, as well as broadened the capability and flexibility of existing features".

The best of all is the way apache used to interact with the processors has been changed, multiprocessing module system (MPM), ensures the better performance with threaded processing. Users can set the processor values during the runtime, which was not possible before (had to set it once while configuring the server).

Although Apache is highly popular and deeply entrenched, it is facing some fresh competition from Nginx, an open source Web server that has seen dramatic growth in adoption over the past year. The latest statistics show that Nginx has become the second most popular server, surpassing Microsoft's IIS.

Nginx is widely used on the bigger websites and they believe it performs better than apache. CloudFlare one of the biggest CDN service uses Nginx to handle millions of requests per day.

However, Apache team demonstrated (published in a pdf) that the new version performs better than any other application for web server, which apparently contradicts the situation where it doesn't. We are going to implement Apache 2.4 very soon on DigitFreak's server, and will let you know what it does.

You can find more details on the official website apache blog and overview of new features on their website.

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