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Is Apache the Most Important Open Source Project?

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Back in the mists of time - I'm talking about 2000 here - when free software was still viewed by many as a rather exotic idea, I published a book detailing its history up to that point. Naturally, I wrote about Apache (the Web server, not the foundation) there, since even in those early days it was already the sectoral leader. As I pointed out:

With the visible and measurable success of Apache, shown in the monthly Netcraft reports detailing how many public Web servers were using which program, people were increasingly aware not only that free software was widely used by companies, but that it was running the single most important new development in computing for decades: the World Wide Web.

As such, Apache played a crucial role in preparing the ground for the later and continuing success of GNU/Linux, and for the dramatic uptake of open source programs in the late 1990s. In one respect, Apache still leads the field among free software projects. Although the debate still rages fiercely about whether open source software such as GNU/Linux can ever hope to best Microsoft, Apache has already done it.

That is, even at the beginning of this millennium, Apache had shown that free software could beat all-comers, and offer a solution that was simply better than anything else. That was a hugely important data point for the future, and helped pave the way for other open source code to do the same.

The above passage refers to the Netcraft reports. These are still going, and the latest one came out recently. Here's what it found: