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From "Boyle Owen" <>
Subject RE: [users@httpd] apache vs iis (with its 10 users connection block)
Date Tue, 04 Mar 2003 11:00:51 GMT
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Laurent Blume []
>the problem here is not technical, it's licensing.
>Windows 2000 Professionnal license forbids you to use it as a server 
>system, whatever software you're using.
>That's why there are 10 connection max for IIS.
>If you install Apache on a Windows 2000 Pro system and use it as a 
>server, you're breaching your contract with MicrosofT.
>You have to use a Windows 2000 Server for that.

I've no doubt this is correct, but doesn't it just show how crazy and
intrusive the MS "licensing" scheme is? What right does anyone have to
tell you what you can use your computer for? The only thing I can think
of is that MS do not trust their OS to operate successfully in a server
environment, which says rather a lot...

In any case, how can they enforce it? Your webserver doesn't have to
tell the world what OS it's running or what licensing agreement you
might have or not have with whoever. Nor does the OS know how many
clients apache is serving. 

Owen Boyle
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>Boyle Owen wrote:
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>From: Philippe Dhont (Sea-ro) []
>>>We have an application that now works with iis and nt4 and i 
>>>want to upgrade
>>>it to windows2000 prof. (no server) but the iis has a limit 
>>>for 10 users
>>>connected at one time.
>>>Now, i use apache for linux but never used it on windoze so my 
>>>question is
>>>now,  can i do everything with apache for windows just like iis ?
>>>It's just for viewing an active page.
>> Apache will run happily on win2k and can certainly serve up 
>any type of
>> web content with no arbitrary limits on no. of clients etc. The only
>> snag might be with your "active page". In what way is it 
>active? Does it
>> contain Microsoft ASP code? If so, apache-out-of-the-box 
>will not parse
>> this. But there are a couple of workarounds:
>> - buy the commercial Chilisoft package which allows apache to process
>> MS-ASP.
>> - Convert the MS-ASP code to an open source alternative (e.g.
>> apache-ASP, embed-Perl, PHP) and install the apache module 
>required to
>> handle this. 
>> Rgds,
>> Owen Boyle
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