The December 2000 Netcraft Web Server Survey is out; http://www.netcraft.com/survey/ - Top placed developers with numbers of hosts responding and percentage share - Developer November 2000 Percent December 2000 Percent Change Apache 14193854 59.69 15414726 60.04 0.35 Microsoft 4776220 20.09 5027023 19.58 -0.51 iPlanet 1643977 6.91 1722228 6.71 -0.20 - Top placed servers with numbers of hosts responding and percentage share - Top Servers Server November 2000 Percent December 2000 Percent Change Apache 14193854 59.69 15414726 60.04 0.35 Microsoft-IIS 4774050 20.08 5025017 19.57 -0.51 Netscape-Enterprise 1605438 6.75 1682737 6.55 -0.20 WebLogic 789953 3.32 890791 3.47 0.15 Zeus 640386 2.69 676526 2.63 -0.06 Rapidsite 347307 1.46 365807 1.42 -0.04 thttpd 226867 0.95 321944 1.25 0.30 tigershark 120213 0.51 139300 0.54 0.03 AOLserver 136326 0.57 125513 0.49 -0.08 WebSitePro 106618 0.45 110681 0.43 -0.02
Apple switches to Mac OS X and Apache; Wal-Mart hiding Apache usage?
Active Sites Developer November 2000 Percent December 2000 Percent Change Apache 5770634 59.95 6218326 59.54 -0.41 Microsoft 2483691 25.80 2615133 25.04 -0.76 iPlanet 247976 2.58 278724 2.67 0.09 Around the Net Linux distribution trial of force Competition between the Linux distributions has been particularly fierce since the release of Red Hat 7.0, which has provoked a great deal of controversy, initially because the C compiler produces binaries incompatible with other Linux distributions. The argument has escalated to a point well beyond a difference of opinion over the technicalities, with part of the Linux community suggesting that Red Hat is using its leading position in the market to marginalise the other distributions, while Linus Torvalds called Red Hat 7.0 "idiotic", "broken", and "unusable as a development platform". It poses the question whether the Red Hat brand and market position is strong enough to withstand this kind of assault. On a crude count of Linux Apache sites found by Netcraft where the Apache signature has been branded by the Linux distribution company, Red Hat currently has 69%. SUSE and Debian are the closest challengers with 9% and 8% respectively on a worldwide basis, though SUSE is the leading distribution in German speaking countries. Critically, Red Hat is established as the standard install at most well known dedicated server companies and Linux hardware vendors, is the base distribution
used by Cobalt, and has the best established retail channels in English speaking countries. If there is to be an impact on Red Hat's share of the Web, it may be the case that the volunteer Debian distribution is the most likely to gain in popularity and credibility, rather than the other commercial distributions. Dogfood Throughout most of the last year Apple has run www.apple.com in a load balanced configuration consisting of a mixture of Solaris servers and Apple's own MacOS X. Until recently most of the requests have been served from the Solaris machines, but www.apple.com now seems to be running exclusively Apple's own operating system. Solaris is still run on quite a number of Apple's other sites, however. Compaq has also switched to running its own operating system on its signature site. www.compaq.com has switched to Apache on Compaq Tru 64 Unix. Compaq has run NT and Microsoft-IIS since 1996, but may feel that it is important to make a statement about Tru 64 Unix, in the wake of its most visible reference site, amazon.com switching to Linux. Compaq seems to be using Tru 64/Apache as a reverse proxy in front of its existing deployment of NT machines, as the sites content is still produced using Microsoft technology. Another site being queried extensively at the moment is www.walmart.com. This initially looks like a Microsoft-IIS server behind a Linux based reverse proxy. However, there has been strong speculation that Walmart is actually running Apache natively with the server signature hand edited to say "Microsoft-IIS/5.0". This seems quite possible, as on one day the server signature was reported as Microsoft-IIS/4.0 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.6.6 OpenSSL/0.9.5, and the site also offers the JServSessionId cookie commonly used by Apache JServ. References 1. http://x58.deja.com/threadmsg_ct.xp?AN=705169495.1&mhitnum=1&CONTEXT=976973433.7
2. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.apple.com 3. http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/hosted?netname=APPLE-WWNET,184.108.40.206,220.127.116.11&order=max 4. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.compaq.com 5. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.amazon.com 6. http://www.netcraft.com/whats/?host=www.walmart.com