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Is Apache overextending itself as rivals devour its core web server share?

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Have you wondered if the Apache Software Foundation is overextending itself while rivals like NGINX dig deeper into its core web server business?

Consider this. The 17-year-old foundation — whose namesake HTTP Server is the most popular web server on the Internet with more than 60 percent market share– now governs more than 150 open source software projects, including recent additions of mega projects OpenOffice and Cloudstack, whose proprietary corporate sponsors were only too happy to hand off the code to a willing party.

Yet in that same timeframe, NGINX has established itself as the other (and fast growing) leading open source web server running roughly 70 million web sites — about 10 percent of the total on the web.

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