Originally posted by weng
2. What is Apache ? Is it equivalent to FrontPage Server Extensions ? If it is, what software can I use to set up a homepage on local system ? On 'Windoes' I used FPSE and FrontPage to build homepages.
I am also a newbie to Red Hat 9. I have posted a lot of questions in this forum, so I feel I need to give something back! Well, in regards to Apache that is.
Apache is a web server, more comparable to the likes of Microsoft's Internet Information Services than Frontpage extensions.
Apache began as the HTTP daemon server. As httpd was maintained by patches, people started calling it "a patchy" server. I.e. Apache. However, Apache is still known as HTTPD.
Most of the sites you visit will more than likely serve their pages through the Apache server, on some version of Linux. MySQL database and php code support can be added to Apache to make a easy to maintain dynamic website.
The Microsoft counter part is IIS + Access database + ASP. Apache with MySQL and php pretty much beats the stuffing out of Microsoft's combination anyway.
If you want to experiment with the Apache server, MySQL and PHP download XAMPP for Linux.
I use it to develop web pages rather than serve them (it does have security issues) but it is well worth a download. You can get it up-and-running within minutes and to get rid of it you just rm it!
As for Frontpage and its extensions I prefer to steer clear of them. I still regard the old way of using a text editor the best way.
HTML goodies taught me all I needed to know!