Get 2.4

What are you waiting for? httpd 2.4 has been the preferred stable release since 2012; httpd 2.2 is still supported, but it first appeared in 2006 and we won't keep updating it forever. Start moving to 2.4 before you have to.

The "official" list of reasons to upgrade is long but admittedly quite boring. The key takeaways for 2.4 are

You need this stuff!

Some of the drag on the uptake of 2.4 has been due to Linux distribution cycles, but there are also plenty of cases where the documented configuration for using third-party software with httpd is some old and heavy mechanism from when you were in high school, and the promoted configuration for nginx is a lean web server setup with segregation between front-end and application.

httpd bundled with the OS

As time goes on, more and more OS distributions are including httpd 2.4. Even when they don't, even versions from several years ago may include a version of OpenSSL new enough to support modern protocols (as well as httpd 2.4).

Distribution/version

Has httpd 2.4?

If not: Platform has sufficient OpenSSL?

Debian Wheezy

No (httpd 2.2.22)

Yes

Fedora 20

Yes

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FreeBSD Ports for FreeBSD 9 and 10

Yes

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openSUSE 12.3

No (httpd 2.2.22)

Yes

openSUSE 13.1, 13.2

Yes

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RHEL/CentOS 6

No (httpd 2.2.15)

Yes

RHEL/CentOS 7

Yes

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Ubuntu 14

Yes

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Ubuntu 12

No (httpd 2.2.?)

Yes

For situations with a sufficient level of OpenSSL bundled, other support libraries such as Expat, PCRE, and zlib are also bundled. You just need to build apr 1.latest, apr-util 1.latest, and httpd 2.4.latest.

Modern ways to configure applications with httpd

Where "Modern" == lean web server proxying application requests to separate processes

Get24 (last edited 2014-10-30 16:53:11 by JeffTrawick)