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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
According to Netcraft, their latest Aug 2007 survey shows more very large gains for Microsoft technologies on the web. "What does this mean for Apache? Is Apache dying? Is Microsoft set to take top spot as the web platform of choice?
My take on this is a little out left field; let's look at the bigger picture here. What I believe we are seeing here is quite simple--the old client-server fat desktop model of development is dying, and everybody wants to get in on web apps.
So, of course, there is a big rush of growth in domain names (many of them parked), simple brochure-ware sites, and first-attempts at websites with a mix of content and back-end code.
Thus it's no surprise to see the result of millions of former desktop VB programmers take their first big steps out of the 1980s, with the result being a big growth in new sites of all types. We are going to see more and more and more Windows 'servers' popping up on the Net.
You cannot infer from this anything useful in terms of comparing the functionality of IIS to Apache, or Windows to Unix, or (insert religious-war flamebait here).