For most people, the World Wide Web has become synonymous with the Internet. No discussion of Internet services is complete without mention of web servers. Web servers have become an essential part of every networked business—they are used to advertise products and offer services to external customers as well as to coordinate and disseminate information within the organization.
Linux systems make excellent web servers. In fact, the Apache server software that comes with Linux is the most widely used web server in the world. The daemon that Apache installs on a Linux system to create a web server is the Hypertext Transport Protocol daemon (httpd). This chapter describes how you can create your own web server with Apache and Linux by installing Apache and running httpd. It provides all the information you need to understand a default Apache configuration and to make the adjustments needed for an average server. For more advanced needs, see Linux Apache Web Server Administration, by Charles Aulds (Sybex, 2000).
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