Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Jun 2006 21:32 UTC, submitted by Ricus
Internet & Networking Microsoft continues to gain share in the web server market, chipping away at Apache's commanding lead. The number of hostnames on Windows servers grew by 4.5 million, giving Microsoft 29.7% market share, a gain of 4.25% for the month. Apache had a decline of 429K hostnames, and loses 3.5% to 61.25%. Apache's lead over Microsoft, which stood at 48.2% in March, has been narrowed to 31.5%, a shift of 16.7% in just three months.
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RE[5]: god
by atsureki on Thu 8th Jun 2006 06:48 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: god"
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So Apache should be immune from competition?

What supposedly makes it immune? It should be protected from anticompetitive practices, but... seriously, where did you get "immune?"

IIS, on the other hand, would make Windows immune to competition if it were the leader. And precluding certain platforms from a consistent web experience means changing and implementing closed web standards that only Internet Explorer could interpret. So far, that's just ActiveX, which is pretty much only used for updating Windows systems and installing viruses, so it's not exactly envied by the other platforms, but they could come up with something more useful later.

Apache is standards based. Anyone can write a program to do what Apache does. They can even fork Apache into their own project and compete with the original authors that way. And if you want to use Apache, you have a nearly infinite choice of operating system and hardware to run it on. Apache is good for competition. IIS is not, in speculation or in fact.

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