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Zeus Web Server

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Commercial; $1,699

Current Version: 4.3r4 (July 30, 2007)

Zeus Technology Ltd. produces Zeus Web Server, a scalable, ultra-high-performance (used by eBay and several other high-traffic sites) UNIX-based Web Server that now runs on Mac OS X.

ZWS 4.3r4 is a minor revision of ZWS 4.3r3, containing a number of bug fixes. Customers are recommended to upgrade as soon as possible. Changes include:

  • The Bandwidth Throttling maximum number of simultaneous requests limit now applies across all ZWS processes. Previously each ZWS process applied the limit separately.
  • Fix a bug where the '' SNMP counter could return incorrect, negative values.
  • The "Options" directive in the htaccess support now supports the '+' and '-' notation.
  • Prevent a crash when multiple virtual servers share the same SSL certificate.
  • Fix a problem where viewing the Current Connections page while SSI requests were being handled could cause a crash.
  • X509 Certificate Signing Requests now use the SHA-1 hash algorithm and include the 'attributes' section (required by some certificate authorities).
  • Ensure that variables set using a FastCGI authorizer appear in the environment for Java Servlets.
  • Improve Perl Extension handling of connections closed early.
  • Improve FreeBSD 6 kqueue support.
  • PHP has been upgraded to version 4.4.7.
  • Ensure 'start on boot' works correctly in Solaris 10 and the newest Ubuntu Linux releases.

Note: From 10th June 2008, Zeus will no longer support Zeus Web Server (ZWS) on several platforms, including Mac OS X. For more details, see the end-of-life announcement page.

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Built Into Mac OS X

Mac OS X has a huge amount of TCP/IP-based server software built into it that I don't specifically cover here. Your "Sharing" Preference Pane allows you to enable and disable these services with a click of the mouse. The software running behind the scenes to provide many of these services is generally of the open source variety. The standard release of Mac OS X includes, among many others:

  • Apache httpd (web server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • Postfix (mail server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • tnftpd (FTP server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • OpenSSH (Secure Shell server; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane via "Remote Login" but additionally configurable via selected applications listed on this page).
  • BIND (Domain Name System server; see Mac OS X Hints for more information).
  • Samba (Windows file sharing; enabled via the Sharing Preference Pane).
  • XFree86 (X Window server; enabled via the "X11" application in your "Utilities" folder, if you elected to install it with Mac OS X).

Of course, Mac OS X Server includes many more, in addition to offering more recent versions of many of the above servers.

Related Links

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Also Consider . . .

These are applications that are newer and of potential interest, but which I haven't yet selected for permanent inclusion. Have a look, and let me know if you think they deserve to be part of the permanent collection!