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08.20.08

Apache, Security, IPv6 and Microsoft

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security at 8:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

An excellent article on Apache and security has disappeared from ZDNet and a reader suggested that “it might be good to first check with Stennon about why the blog entry had to be removed [or relocated rather]. His current blog is here, but his address used to be on the original article.”

It is an excellent post and an invaluable reference. We contacted Stennon and discovered that a “new model for content” was the reason for relocation of the post, which sounds plausible.

The reader shared some insights on the subject of Apache now that it makes some headlines due to Microsoft’s sponsorship [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Here is goes:


Apache has been a target of Microsoft since the global dominance of the world wide web eventually forced Bill to give up on his “the Internet is a passing fad”[1] approach towards the end of the 1990′s and face the web.

The Internet, defined by standards like IPv4 and DNS, took off in the mid 1980′s, years before Bill got into his “the internet? We’re not interested in it”[2]

Too little, too late, as usual. So market share has to be made up outside normal supply and demand activities.[3]

Apache 2, by the way, supports IPv6 and version 1.3.x of Apache has patches from several projects[4] to provide IPv6 support. Nearly all the systems it runs on, Linux, BSD, OS X, support secure networking, too.

The Bill’s imitation falls further behind when even the design is considered.


Refer back to what we wrote about IPv6 yesterday.

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[1] http://redmondmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=443

[2] http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/196224/bills-10-biggest-blunders.html

[3] http://www.groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=GatesDepo

[4] Here is one example: http://redmondmag.com/columns/article.asp?EditorialsID=443

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