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Chapter 18. Publishing a Web to a Web Ho... > The Problems with Serving Your Own W...

The Problems with Serving Your Own Webs

Web server software is widely available, and if you look around the download sites, you'll even find some excellent packages that are free. You can download the Microsoft Personal Web Server for free if you use Win95 or Win98 (but Microsoft barely supports it any longer), and if you buy Windows 2000 or the upcoming Windows XP, you'll get Web server software with it. Unfortunately Windows Millennium Edition (WinME) ships with no server software, and if you move to that operating system you'll need to purchase or download third-party server software. If you want to get away from Microsoft's platforms completely, you can get Linux (the Unix clone that runs on PCs) either through free downloads or at minimal cost from companies such as RedHat or Caldera. The Apache server comes with the packages, and Apache is the most popular server on the World Wide Web.

Why not set up your own server? As covered, once again, in Chapter 17, there are lots of reasons not to do so, including connection costs, administration concerns, security issues, and hardware/software reliability.


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