On Mon, 17 Mar 2008 03:19:32 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> Social-networking site keeps Apache atop Web server market
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Research firm says open-source software extended lead over Microsoft's IIS in
>| February
> `----
> http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...609646&rid=-50
> Despite Microsoft's incentives to Web hosts (use of deep pockets to game the
> system and have the rivals suffocate). Apache has been gaining for several
> consecutive months now. Microsoft has been trying to invite Apache developers
> to Redmond (to help Windows, in case IIS is a lost cause).

Yet you fail to mention these parts of the article:

"But Apache's market share steadily eroded over the past two years, largely
due to the growing popularity of Microsoft's Windows Live Spaces blogging
platform and Google's rival Blogger technology, according to Netcraft."


"Netcraft had gone so far as to predict that IIS, propelled by interest in
new features included in Windows Server 2008, could overtake Apache
sometime this year."

I wonder why that is?

And, let us not forget to look at the actual web survey itself


If you look at "Active Sites", that is those sites that are not parking

Developer January 2008 Percent February 2008 Percent Change
Apache 33,344,184 48.84% 32,666,670 48.73% -0.11
Microsoft 24,612,182 36.05% 24,099,347 35.95% -0.10

That's right, both platforms lost, and Apache lost more.

Of course, all this is meaningless because Netcraft is not a market share
report, unlike what the reporter claims. A market share report would
report how many servers are running IIS or Apache, not how many hostnames.