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Apache Leaving the Competition in the Dust

Weekly news report from Linux Bureau Chief, Baiju Thakkar


Over the past week, several studies have come out confirming that Apache remains the prime choice for serving Web content. In fact, Apache is used more than every other web server put together, and Apache use is growing.

Inktomi, Netcraft, and E-Soft: "Apache in lead"

Inktomi and the NEC Research Institute reported that the Web has grown to more than one billion unique pages. The found that just over 60% of servers were Apache -- 63%, if you include all Apache-based servers.

Netcraft's monthly survey reported that in February Apache servers grew from 55.49% to 58.08%. More than one million new Apache servers went online that month, according to Netcraft, up to 6,482,728 from the 5,521,069 online in January.

E-Soft also does a monthly report on web server usage. They confirmed that Apache has a strong lead (55.98%), and it doesn't look like they are willing to reliquinsh it.

Java coming out of the pot

There's been a lot of news recently about Java and Linux, as more vendors realize that Linux is here to stay. Sun Microsystems has finally relased Java 2 SDK to run under Linux.

        Developers have frequently requested a commercially supported  
        port for Java  technology on Linux, and Sun is now fulfilling that 
        request. J2SE v 1.2.2  for Linux is a  port of Sun's  currently 
        shipping J2SE v 1.2.2 for Solaris and Windows.

Informix and JBSi (Jones Business Systems Inc.) released new software packages that combine Informix's Foundation.2000 software and the Linux operating system. Effective until October 10, 2000, JBSi is offering copies of Foundation.2000 for Linux for the special discounted price of only $199/user. Also available is a no-cost evaluation version good for 30 days.

According to Informix Software:

        "Informix Internet Foundation.2000 is the first platform  optimized 
        for Internet-based  applications and services. If you're a dot-com
         or thinking about moving your business  to the Web, Informix Internet 
        Foundation.2000 delivers a  flexible, reliable and easy to  deploy 
        Internet platform -- a java toting, XML wielding,  object-relational 
        database -- hopped up for Linux!" 

Java products for Linux aren't the only thing popping up left and right; Java training and Java articles are also seeing some light.

Building on its decades of experience providing training for its own and many third-party products, Auto-trol has teamed with Caldera Systems as an Authorized Linux Education Center (ALEC) to bring quality technical Java training to Front Range companies.

Okay all that news is great but how do I build Java apps under Linux? Is there an IDE available? How much will I have to spend to get a decent one?

JBuilder 3 Foundation for Linux, by Borland/Imprise is freely available for download. And here's a very informative article by LinuxPlanet on Building Java Apps Under Linux

New releases

Developers love new stuff to play with. Here's some recent releases of some popular software.
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