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The Apache Software Foundation, Under the Hood

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Mention "Apache" to a crowd of system administrators, and group-think conjures up the well-known Web server. The one that has been No. 1 at serving Internet pages since 1995. No doubt, the Apache HTTP Server Project is both the founding and most influential work of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

But today, more than a decade later, the Web server is just one of dozens of open source software projects developed under the ASF's auspices. The same collaborative and cooperative organizational framework that encouraged a group of volunteers to improve the old NCSA Web server now incubates projects ranging from a directory server to a database server, from content management tools to the SpamAssassin spam filter.

Chances are, you've worked with or benefited from the maturity and performance of the Apache Web server. With this in mind, this article looks at the ASF's full range of open source solutions.

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