Apache 2.4 is First Major Update in Six Years

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) this week rolled out version 2.4 of its open source Apache HTTP Server software. It’s the first major overhaul in six years, and it also happens to coincide with the software’s 17th anniversary. During its nearly two-decade run, Apache HTTP Server has come to power almost 400 million websites around the globe, making it the most popular Web server around.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of Apache HTTP Server 2.4,” said Eric Covener, Vice President of the Apache HTTP Server Project. “This release delivers a host of evolutionary enhancements throughout the server that our users, administrators, and developers will welcome. We’ve added many new modules in this release, as well as broadened the capability and flexibility of existing features.”

Apache Server began as a fork of a Web server created by Rob McCool for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). When McCool left NCSA, an assembly of online programmers formed the Apache Group and continued to improve the software by collaborating through email. It took less than a year for Apache HTTP Server to become the No. 1 server on the Internet.

It’s a different landscape today, and with that in mind, ASF said there are a number of enhancements in version 2.4 that will benefit Cloud environments. The team also focused on performance, which they say is now on par with, or better than, pure event-driven Web servers.

You can read the release notes here, and iff you really want to flex your geek muscle, you can check out detailed API changes in version 2.4 here.

Ref : http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apache_24_first_major_update_six_years

For the record, we’re looking into A2.4, but it’s going to take a LOT of work to do anything in re iworx functioning with it.

Apache 2.4 is indeed nice but I rather see Robert and his colleagues spending their resources in full ipv6 support :slight_smile:

Working on it! And it’s looking good. It took quite a bit of time to rework the basic structure of InterWorx to allow for multiple IPs per SiteWorx account (the limitation is removed for IPv4, too!) but that’s working quite well.

Right now, I’m working on a hugely important piece of the puzzle - backup. Well, technically, restore. Backing up the settings is simple, but the number of things that can possibly go wrong on restore/import has increased exponentially. Improving the UI to allow the end user to recover from some of these problems is the current focus.

After that, it’s time to look at the IPv6 clustering situation.

The current intention is to be able to release something (perhaps just a beta, but still) in time for the 2012 World IPv6 day. (No promises, just a forum post, blah blah blah, but that’s the intent)

Paul’s been working on the Apache 2.4 build - the issue isn’t really InterWorx, but rather that it requires a number of packages that aren’t standard fare in CentOS/RedHat, and that’s complicating matters. It’s coming though!