Overview of New Features in Apache 2.0
Enhancements: Core | Module
- Unix Threading
- On Unix systems with POSIX threads support, Apache can now run in a
hybrid multiprocess, multithreaded mode. This should improve
- New Build System
- The build system has been rewritten from scratch to be based on
autoconf and libtool. This makes Apache's configuration system more
similar to that of other packages.
- Multiprotocol Support
- Apache now has some of the infrastructure in place to support serving
multiple protocols. mod_echo has been written as an example.
- Better support for non-Unix platforms
2.0 is faster and more stable on non-Unix platforms such as BeOS,
OS/2, and Windows. With the introduction of platform-specific multi-processing modules (MPMs) and the Apache
Portable Runtime (APR), these platforms are now implemented in their
native API, avoiding the often buggy and poorly performing
- New Apache API
- The API for modules has changed significantly for 2.0. Many of the
module-ordering problems from 1.3 should be gone. 2.0 does much of
this automatically, and module ordering is now done per-hook to
allow more flexibility. Also, new calls have been added that provide
additional module capabilities without patching the core Apache server.
- IPv6 Support
- On systems where IPv6 is supported by the underlying Apache
Portable Runtime library, Apache gets IPv6 listening sockets by
default. Additionally, the Listen, NameVirtualHost, and
<VirtualHost> directives support IPv6 numeric address
strings (e.g., "Listen [fe80::1]:8080").
- Apache modules may now be written as filters which act on the
stream of content as it is delivered to or from the server. This
allows, for example, the output of CGI scripts to be parsed for
Server Side Include directive by mod_include.
- Now supports Berkely DB 3.0
- Includes additional support for session caching across processes
using shared memory.
- New module in Apache 2.0.
This experimental module allows for character set translation
- New module in Apache 2.0. This module implements the
HTTP Distributed Authoring and Versioning (DAV) specification for
posting and maintaining web content.
- New module in Apache 2.0. This module includes the functionality
of mod_mmap_static in Apache 1.3, plus adds further caching abilities.