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Chapter 13. Network Administration > Running the Apache Web Server

Running the Apache Web Server

When you activate Personal Web Sharing as explained in Chapter 15, you are actually activating the Apache Web server on your OS X system—and in traditional Macintosh fashion, “the right thing just happens.” Previous versions of the Mac OS supported personal Web sharing, but at a much more minimal level by using a simple built-in Web server.

The Apache Web server is the open source movement’s biggest success story, a high-quality Web server that delivers an estimated 60% of the pages and services on the Web. Apache was born when a dedicated set of Web system administrators and wizardly programmers began enhancing free Web server source code through a series of patches. In fact, the name is a takeoff on the phrase “a patchy Web server.” When the patches exceeded the size of the original code, the source code for Apache began being distributed as a standalone entity.


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