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    Why is Apache losing market share?

    I just looked at netcraft and was surprised to see apache's market share down to 50%. Last time I looked in 2005 it was at 70% and climbing. You can clearly see that Microsoft and Apache are a near perfect reflection of each other.

    So why is everyone going to Windows servers now?


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    Could it be a reflection of ASP.NET's market share? The fact that the bigger companies prefer Microsoft's products?

    http://www.port80software.com/about/press/060105
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldcdc View Post
    Could it be a reflection of ASP.NET's market share? The fact that the bigger companies prefer Microsoft's products?

    http://www.port80software.com/about/press/060105
    That's a survey conducted by a company that (if I'm reading correctly) relies on an IIS after-market for their business. Not that that means everything they say is wrong, but has anyone double checked them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldcdc View Post
    Could it be a reflection of ASP.NET's market share? The fact that the bigger companies prefer Microsoft's products?

    http://www.port80software.com/about/press/060105
    So tell me what happened in 2005 to make big companies start going windows/asp.net instead apache.
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    I don't know... I was just raising questions myself.
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    For me personally, it offers the benefits of PHP as well as ASP.NET in one single package. I'm still on apache, but is currently considering moving onto a Windows server. Not decided on this yet though.
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    I' would love to share a link, but there is away to setup ASP.net on a Unix Server. Granted I'm sure Microsoft's user terms would say otherwise.
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    The major shift, is because a couple of companies such as GoDaddy changed from Linux to Windows for their domain parking/holding pages - So millions of domains switched from being parked on Linux to being parked on Windows in a short space of time - They weren't the only company to do it either (I'd imagine they were given good incentives to switch).

    Also if you look at the graph you'll see Google went from branding it's Apache instances to Google, as presumably they have tweaked the Apache code that much, that it deserves to be classed as Google Web Server so that also accounted for a large drop in Apache share.

    ASP.net on Linux - You can use mod_mono, but it's not going to give you all the same functionality, much like ChilliSoft ASP never did for standard ASP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    The major shift, is because a couple of companies such as GoDaddy changed from Linux to Windows for their domain parking/holding pages -
    That makes sense. If that is the case then Apache is still holding strong. As a LAMP dev I could care less about big companies and what server is running their parking pages. I do care about what the user base is running though.

    A couple of months ago our team started trying to make our scripts run on windows/apache and linux without loosing functionality. I has been a pain, but we are making progress.

    One more thing. Has the price of Windows server licenses come down much. I haven't looked in a while.
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    Web Hosting companies don't buy Windows like consumers do, they have to rent their licenses monthly, prices are pretty static.
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    cant be sure about the reason apache is losing steam..... i thought windows hosting would be expensive for companies....
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