that Apache just passed Microsoft's Internet Information Server as the most popular server for SSL sites.
"Version 1 of Apache did not include SSL support: in the 1990s, US export controls, and the patent on the RSA algorithm in the US, meant that cryptographic support for open source projects had to be developed outside of the US, and were distributed separately. Several independent projects provided SSL support for Apache, including Apache-SSL and mod_ssl; but commercial spin-offs, like Stronghold by c2net (later bought by Red Hat), were more popular at that time.
Now that mod_ssl is included as standard in version 2, Apache has become more popular for hosting secure websites.
" This announcement
contrasts the Netcraft April 2006 Web Server Survey,
covered on LWN
in which the statistics were skewed toward IIS by inactive domain parking activities.
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