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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
There are a lot of test and comparisons about Nginx vs Apache. And yes for static content because it is asynchronous, Nginx preforms better. What happens when you have PHP?
I have setup two servers with:
Adding APC and Varnish as stages and it seems that in those conditions both Apache and Nginx are almost the same thing.
Actually I used them to server Wordpress documents, so MySQL was also involved, but the bottle neck was PHP, APC made a great job and with Varnish both setups fly.
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