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6 Excellent Linux/Open Source Web Servers - page 2

Apache, Nginx, Lighttpd

  • December 6, 2010
  • By Eric Geier


Cherokee is a full-featured web server with a user friendly configuration GUI, just released in 2010 under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It runs on Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, and Windows.

Cherokee supports the popular technologies, such as FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, SSI, and TLS/SSL. It also features virtual host capability, authentication, load balancing, and Apache compatible log files. Plus there are some neat features, such as zero downtime updates where configuration changes can be applied with no restart required and secure downloads with temporal URL generation.

HTTP Explorer

HTTP Explorer is a web server specially designed to serve files over the HTTP protocol. It was released in 2006 under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Its available for Windows in many different languages as a full installation or binary-only.

This server makes it easy to share your photos, music, videos and other files. Using the server application, you can select folders and files to share. You can define user accounts and permissions. Shared files can be access and viewed via the web interface; no client application is required. Photos are automatically shown with thumbnails and music can be played with the integrated player.

HFS HTTP File Server

The HFS web server is for serving files, similar to HTTP Explorer but with a simpler web interface. It was released in 2009 under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It's a single executable file that can run on 32bit-versions of Windows and in Linux with Wine.

The HFS server lets you and/or your friends easily send, receive, and remotely access files over the web. Files can be downloaded and uploaded to and from the server via the web interface, in addition to using the server application. It's customizable and features a user account authentication, virtual file system, HTML template, bandwidth controls, logs, and a dynamic DNS updater.

Eric Geier is the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise mode of WPA/WPA2 encryption by offering an outsourced RADIUS service. He is also a freelance tech writer, and has authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press.

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