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HungryGuy's avatar

What is a good free open-source web server for Windows?

Asked by HungryGuy (16014points) December 21st, 2009

I have an idea for a dating web site that would be free (none of this “post your ad for free and then pay through the nose to reply when someone answers your ad” bulls**t).

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gggritso's avatar

I think you can run Apache on Windows, no?

jrpowell's avatar

Apache runs well.

I suggest xampp

HungryGuy's avatar

@gggritso – I always though Apache was for Linux.

jrpowell's avatar

Apache runs on damn near anything. I would say it is the most used open source project in the world. You are using it now.

HungryGuy's avatar

@johnpowell – Yeah? Fluther runs on Apache? Cool! :-)
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On which platform…Windows or Linux?

jaytkay's avatar

Yep, Apache

The other popular free (but not open source) server for Windows is Microsoft Internet Internet Information Services (everybody calls it IIS).

They are both available with database servers and scripting technologies, making the a lot install easier.

On Apache that would be XAMPP ( Apache, MySQL, PHP)
http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

Microsoft has the Web Platform Installer
http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx

jaytkay's avatar

Fluther is on Linux

You can check any web site’s server through Netcraft
http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph

HungryGuy's avatar

@jaytkay – Ah! That was going to be my next question…a good free and/or open source SQL server…

HungryGuy's avatar

@jaytkay – What is the server side of Fluther written in? Java? Something else?

jrpowell's avatar

Django. It is a framework coded in Python with MySQL used for the database.

jaytkay's avatar

What is the server side of Fluther written in?

It looks like Python from the Netcraft info:
“Linux Apache/2.2.11 (Ubuntu) mod_python/3.3.1 Python/2.6.2 mod_wsgi/2.3 ”

And looking at the source code of the page we are all reading, I see this:
“Django. It is a framwork coded in Python with MySQL used for the database.”

HungryGuy's avatar

@jaytkay – Ah! MySQL is open source, yes? But I don’t think Python is, is it?

jrpowell's avatar

Python is open source. It actually comes pre installed on every Mac

Last login: Sat Dec 12 10:16:16 on ttys000
john-powells-imac52:~ johnryanpowell$ python -V
Python 2.6.1
john-powells-imac52:~ johnryanpowell$

MySQL is also open source, as is Django.

HungryGuy's avatar

@johnpowell – Thanks! That answers this question, and all the questions that I was about to ask as well :-)

PS. I know you don’t like awards, but I think you just got a few :-p

jrpowell's avatar

I like the awards. I just don’t like the big blue bar that notifies me of them.

pjanaway's avatar

Use xampp. Used it for years, its great.

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