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Apache is an open source Web server that runs on UNIX platforms. It has grown in popularity with Linux, another open source product. Apache was originally based on code and ideas found in the NCSA HTTP server (circa 1995), but Apache has evolved into what the Apache Web calls "a far superior system which can rival (and probably surpass) almost any other UNIX based HTTP server in terms of functionality, efficiency and speed." The name is derived from "A PAtCHy server," which provides some clue to the patch code roots of the server.

Like Linux, the server is supported by a network of users, newsgroups, and chat communities, as well as numerous Web sites.

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