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Chapter 27. Web Serving

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The Macintosh has never been a major contender in the Web-serving space. As a platform, it has been unstable, and suffered from a slow network stack. Users had only a few choices—either expensive proprietary software, or Apple's built-in Web Sharing application. As an enterprise-level Web server, the Macintosh had almost nothing to offer. Being personally involved in Web development, I became accustomed to sitting in front of my Mac and remotely accessing Linux servers for development and production.

The introduction of the Mac OS X Server signaled the end of the agony. The Mac OS X Server includes the world-class Apache Web server. Apache, an open source project similar to Mac OS X itself, is a high-speed extensible server that is supported by thousands of developers nationwide. Mac OS X also ships with Apache as a replacement to the Mac OS 8/9 Web Sharing server. Never before has a personal Web server been so powerful. This chapter introduces Apache, its capabilities, extensions, and basic administration.


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