Apache Server Announcement (was Re: distinguishing browser types)

Brian Behlendorf (brian@organic.com)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 17:17:59 +0500

On Fri, 21 Apr 1995, Dan Connolly wrote:
> Rick Silterra writes:
> > I wonder if someone could point me to some code that
> > would show how to serve up data tailored to a particular browser.
> > Specifically, I would like to serve a file with
> > some tables as <PRE> blocks for browsers that do not get tables
> > yet, and html3 table stuff for browsers that do.
> Please don't key on the browser name (User-Agent) for this
> functionality. The HTTP protocol has included a facility for
> format negociation for several years. I hear the Apache group
> has implemented it in their revision of the httpd 1.3 server.

As a matter of fact, we have!


Folks, we in the Apache Group are happy to announce a new public-domain HTTP
server based on patches to NCSA's 1.3 httpd called "Apache". It fixes many
bugs, in both performance and functionality, and it includes the following
new features:

Content negotiation (for all you who want to do HTML 3 right!)
Multiple Domain Names (http://foo.com/ & http://bar.com/)
Custom error responses (internal redirects to pages or script)
Send "as is" file types - for including HTTP headers with documents
More HTTP spec compliance
DBM-file based user authentication

Currently in version 0.6.2, the server has been tested and is being used
by HotWired, the movie databases at Cardiff and Msstate, the MIT AI Lab,
Organic, and Hyperreal. OS's include SunOS, Solaris, SGI, HPUX, and BSDI.

Details are available at <URL:http://www.apache.org/apache/>. All support
questions should go to comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix - it was just
created, so in the meantime use comp.infosystems.www.providers. Real bug
reports should go to apache-bugs@mail.apache.org.

It's a beta product so there's guaranteed to be some bugs, but we think we've
given it a pretty good workout. And remember, you get all the support
you pay for!


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