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What Is Apache?

Apache is an open source project developed by a worldwide group of volunteers known as The Apache Group (http://www.apache.org). It is available on dozens of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows. Apache's appeal comes from its flexibility and extensibility. The base server package excels at serving HTML, but to truly exploit the power of Apache, you can install a number of extension modules, including MP3 streaming servers, SSL security, Java Server Pages, and much more. With a total expenditure of $0, you can set up a secure e-commerce server that processes credit cards in real-time and delivers SQL database access.

Differences Between Classic Web Sharing and Apache

If you're looking for the features of the Mac OS 8/9 Personal web server, look elsewhere. The Apache server under Tiger does not offer the Finder mode, nor does it offer the SimpleText-to-HTML conversion of the early Mac OS operating systems. To place information online, you'll need to create HTML documents. This isn't difficult, but there is no direct upgrade path if you have a collection of SimpleText documents you've been serving to the Internet.


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