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9 Excellent Open Source Configuration Management Applications
This software automates the configuration of machines to a particular state. Like any other tools, they are designed to solve specific problems in certain ways. The goal is to get a system from whatever state it is in, into the desired state. Configuration management software are the tools of choice for many system administrators and devops professionals.

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  • AOLserver
    AOLserver is a multithreaded, Tcl-enabled, massively-scalable and extensible web server tuned for large scale, dynamic web sites. AOLserver also includes complete database integration and a dynamic page scripting language. hot
  • Apache
    The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards. Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April of 1996. The February 2005 Netcraft Web Server Survey found that more than 68% of the web sites on the Internet are using Apache, thus making it more widely used than all other web servers combined. Read more hot
    XAMPP is a very easy to install Apache distribution for Linux and Windows. The package includes the Apache Web server, MySQL, PHP, Perl, an FTP server, and phpMyAdmin. Killer App hot
  • And-httpd
    And-httpd is an HTTP server that currently only maps URLs to files. In other words, in can take an incoming URL and map it to a file in a number of ways. It cannot do CGI or other kinds of code execution. It cannot even dynamically create directory listings.
  • Anti-Web HTTPD
    Anti-Web is a light-weight, single-process, non-threaded webserver that emphasizes simplicity, efficiency, and security.
  • Apache-Ssl-Jserv
    Apache-Ssl-Jserv is the leading World Wide Web server with SSL and Java servlet support.
  • Aphid
    Aphid provides a facility for bootstrapping SSL-enabled Apache web servers (mod_ssl) with an embedded Perl interpreter (mod_perl). Source is downloaded from the Internet, compiled, and the resulting system is installed in the directory you specify.
  • Arachnida
    Arachnida is an embeddable Web server. It uses the OpenSSL library and consists of a small framework for networking that allows you to asynchronously accept and handle connections using a "new connection handler" to handle new connections and a "data handler" to handle incoming data. This makes it possible to add support for any TCP/IP based protocol by just adding a handler. A test suite is included.
  • Ashd
    Ashd is a modular HTTP server based on a multi-program architecture.
  • Athana
    Athana is a small, simple standalone Web server written completely in Python (based on Medusa). It has support for upload functionality, session handling, cookies, and TAL Page Templates.
  • BitRock LAMPStack
    BitRock LAMPStack is an easy to install, pre-integrated distribution of Apache, MySQL Community Edition, PHP and Python. It allows you to take advantage of the stability, low cost and high performance of the LAMP platform (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Python) without the hassle of integrating, configuring, and supporting your own build. BitRock LAMPStack is a great way to achieve rapid, consistent deployments across a variety of Linux platforms.
  • Boa
    Boa is a single-tasking HTTP server. That means that unlike traditional web servers, it does not fork for each incoming connection, nor does it fork many copies of itself to handle multiple connections.
  • Caudium
    Caudium is a GPL webserver written in the interpreting language Pike as well as in C. It is originally based on the Roxen Challenger 1.3 code base. It is an attractive alternative to servers like Apache, Netscape and Zeus due to it's strength in dynamic page and data generation, modularity and more.
  • Cherokee
    Cherokee is a very fast, flexible and easy to configure Web Server. It supports the widespread technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, TLS and SSL encrypted connections, Virtual hosts, Authentication, on the fly encoding, Apache compatible log files, and much more.
  • Cooperation IWS
    (commercial) Cooperation IWS is an Intranet Nomad Web Server. It is a Web server to provide hosting services for Web applications for collaborative work that contributes to knowledge management and knowledge engineering.
  • DatHTTPD
    DatHTTPD is a Web server for Dat and HTTPS, with zero-config TLS.
  • foXServe
    (commercial) foXServe is a full featured Apache 1.3.37 Embedded WebServer with PHP 5.0.5, SQLite, mod_dav and mod_ssl running on ACME SYSTEMS srl Fox Board 832.
  • gatling
    gatling is a high performance web server which is small (87k static Linux-x86 binary with HTTP and FTP support), fast, scalable and uses platform-specific performance and scalability APIs on Linux 2.4, Linux 2.6, NetBSD current (2.0+), FreeBSD 4+, OpenBSD 3.4+, Solaris 9+, AIX 5L, IRIX 6.5+, MacOS X Panther+, HP-UX 11+.
  • ghttpd
    ghttpd is a fast and efficient HTTP server that has CGI support. ghttpd has a small memory inprint and is capable of handling thousands of connections. It is ideal for large and small websites.
  • Hiawatha
    Hiawatha is an advanced and secure webserver for Unix. It has been written with 'being secure' as its main goal. This resulted in a webserver which has for example DoS protection, connection control and traffic throttling. It has of course also thoroughly been checked and tested for buffer overflows.
  • Hydra
    Hydra is a high performance multi threaded HTTP web server. Unlike traditional multi threaded web servers, Hydra uses a constant, but configurable, pool of threads, and each thread can handle several connections by multiplexing the connections. This may remind you a non blocking server, and this is true, but Hydra has not the killing limitation of a non blocking server, which is that they cannot use more than one CPU. Hydra will take advantage of every available CPU in a system.
  • ImgSvr
    ImgSvr is an embedded web server that is specialized in photo album publishing. This Image server provide an http access to image content. It generates dynamic pages from a standard directory based hierarchy, manages thumbnails, and metadatas.
  • Jigsaw
    W3C's leading-edge Web server platform, providing a sample HTTP 1.1 implementation and a variety of other features on top of an advanced architecture implemented in Java
  • Kritton
    Kritton is a very compact and fairly efficient web server under development, supporting most of the rudimentary features other HTTP daemons support.
  • LiteSpeed Web Server
    LiteSpeed Web Server is a full-featured, high-performance, secure, and easy-to-use Web server that runs on Unix and Linux. It supports HTTP/1.1, SSL, CGI, FastCGI, PHP, JSP, Servlets, GZIP compression, .htaccess, chroot, IP level throttling, connection accounting, DoS attack prevention, and instant recovery mechanisms. Installation is very easy with pre-built binary. Administration and configuration is very easy through a Web interface.
  • Mbedthis AppWeb
    (commercial) an embedded HTTP Web server that has been designed with security in mind. It is fast (over 3,500 requests per second) and compact (from 110K) and includes support for dynamic page creation, server-side embedded Javascript, in-process CGI, dynamically loadable modules, SSL, Digest authentication, Virtual hosts, Apache-style configuration, logging, and single- and multi-threaded apps
  • MonoStack
    MonoStack is a distribution of Apache, mod_mono, and XSP that hooks up to your existing Mono installation and allows you to easily get ASP.NET up and running in your Linux distribution.
  • myServer
    myServer is a web server that allow everybody to have his own web server for free. It is developed in C++. It is compatible with linux and windows. It supports the CGI and ISAPI.
  • Naviserver
    Naviserver is a web server written in C and Tcl. It can be easily extended in either language to create interesting web sites and services.
  • NCSA httpd Server
    NCSA httpd Server is an HTTP/1.0 compatible server for making hypertext and other documents available to Web browsers.
  • nginx
    nginx is an HTTP server and mail proxy server. It has been running for more than two years on many heavily loaded Russian sites.
  • nhttpd
    nhttpd is a simple, fast and secure HTTP server. It runs as a single process, handling connections with select(2). For CGIs and directory listing it does fork(2). nhttpd has the minimum of HTTP/1.1 and CGI/1.1 implemented. Also supported are; chroot, setuid, basic authentication, SSL, IPv6, custom repsonses, aliases, and virtual hosts.
  • Ocsigen
    Ocsigen is a research project aiming at developing new programming techniques for the Web. It contains a full featured Web server and a programming framework that provides a way to create dynamic Web sites. Its goal is to offer an alternative to Apache/PHP, based on technologies from research in programming languages. There is also a module, called Eliom, for generating dynamic Web pages. With Eliom, you program in a concise and modular way, with a strong type system which helps you to produce valid XHTML. The server handles sessions, URLs, and page parameters automatically.
  • PostgREST
    PostgREST is a standalone web server that turns your database directly into a RESTful API. The structural constraints and permissions in the database determine the API endpoints and operations.
  • Premium thttpd
    (commercial) Premium thttpd is a fast, secure, non-blocking, multiplexing web server. Premium thttpd provides a clear migration path for companies deploying the original thttpd or HTTP accelerators like TUX. Supported operating systems include Linux, Solaris, AIX, and FreeBSD.
    PS-HTTPD is a webserver written in Postscript. The main reason behind this was to check if it is possible to write a somewhat compatible server in Postscript, and not to forget the hackvalue.
  • publicfile
    publicfile supplies files to the public through HTTP and FTP.
  • Puma
    Puma is a small library that provides a very fast and concurrent HTTP 1.1 server for Ruby web applications. It is designed for running Rack apps only.
  • Rails Ugly Dispatcher
    RUgD is a simple, pre-forking, fast (pure C) Web server designed only for Rails application deployment.
  • Rainbows!
    Rainbows! is an HTTP server for sleepy Rack applications. It is based on Unicorn, but designed to handle applications that expect long request/response times and/or slow clients.
  • Reptile Web Server
    Reptile is made in Python. It supports server side scripting with "Embedded Python", PHP, and CGI scripts. It has an integrated HTML/XML validator that checks the pages before publication and others handy features.
  • Resin
    Resin brings server-side JavaScript, XML and XSL to Java Server Pages (JSP). Using the standard JSP 1.0 syntax, web applications can mix HTML and JavaScript or Java to create HTML pages.
  • Rikulo Stream
    Rikulo Stream is a Dart web server supporting request routing, filtering, template technology, file-based static resources and MVC design pattern.
  • Rimfaxe Web Server
    Rimfaxe Web Server is designed to be lean, fast, and highly scalable. Features such as Nonblocking IO, Native compilation of JSP and servlets, and a servlet engine running natively on GNU/Linux systems sets RWS apart from all other servlet containers.
  • Roxen
    Roxen is a secure web server released under the GPL, free for private and commercial use. The full version includes SSL 3 and strong 128/168-bit encryption.
  • ScrollServer
    ScrollServer is a Python based http server that provides access to a ScrollKeeper database with any web browser. You can use ScrollServer to browse and search help files that are installed in the ScrollKeeper database on your computer. Someday you will also be able to view online ScrollServer databases.
  • Stronghold
    (commercial) Stronghold was a secure SSL Web server for Unix with full-strength, 128-bit encryption. Based on the popular Apache web server, Stronghold adds a host of benefits.
  • Stunnix Advanced Web Server
    (commercial) Stunnix Advanced Web Server is a Web server for putting Web sites onto CDROMs, DVDs, FlashDisks, and other readonly media to be used on any typical system. Sites can be scripted with PHP or Perl and can be driven by MySQL or SQLite databases. All required software programs are designed to reside on the CDROM to avoid the need to install software on the user's computer. The Web serving core is based on Apache 1.3.x, and has additional functionality to detect and use free ports, automatically start a browser on each platform, and to stop the Web server once a resource with a special name is visited. Desktop applications can also be created with it.
  • Stunnix Perl Web Server
    Stunnix Perl Web Server is a cross-platform web server written in Perl, for use on read-only media and for browser-based applications.
  • taskrambler
    taskrambler at the moment is a HTTP server. It's written from scratch in C and serves as the user interface provider for taskrambler.
  • Thunk Web Server
    Thunk Web Server is a Scheme Web server written in Bigloo. Web pages are defined using the same language the Web server is written in. Thunk hopes to provide all of the usual strengths of Lisp: repl, macros, first class functions, etc.
  • tntnet
    Tntnet is a modular, multithreaded, high performance web application server for C++. To create webapplications Tntnet has a template-language called ecpp similar to php, jsp or mason, where you can embed c++-code inside a html-page to generate active content.
  • Toolserver Framework for Python
    The Toolserver Framework for Python is a Medusa-based Web server with added dynamic multithreading and support for easy object publication via SOAP, XML-RPC, and REST.
  • W3C (CERN) httpd
    The CERN httpd (also known as W3C httpd) is a generic public domain full-featured hypertext server which can be used as a regular HTTP server. The server is typically running on port 80 to serve hypertext and other documents but it can also serve as a proxy -- a server on a firewall machine -- that provides access for people inside a firewall to the outside world.
  • Waterken Server
    Waterken Server is an extensible HTTP server and Web services platform. The server implements the HTTPSY YURL scheme to provide decentralized authentication for the WWW.
  • WN
    WN is a server for the Hypertext Transfer Protocol HTTP/1.1. Its primary design goals are security, robustness, and flexibility, in that order. One of its objectives is to provide functionality usually available only with complex CGI programs without the necessity of writing or using these programs. (Of course CGI/1.1 is fully supported for those who want it). Despite this extensive functionality the WN executable is substantially smaller than the CERN httpd, NCSA httpd or Apache servers.
  • Woo
    Woo is a fast non-blocking HTTP server built on top of libev. Although Woo is written in Common Lisp, it aims to be the fastest web server written in any programming language.
  • Xitami
    Xitami is small, fast, and robust: it's based on a solid software engineering tools developed for multithreaded TCP/IP servers. The server supports HTTP/1.0, FTP, CGI/1.1, SSI protocols, server-side image maps, user-defined MIME types, multiple document roots, persistent connections, on-the-fly server reconfiguration, customisable error messages, multilingual HTML documents and multilingual CGI scripts, HTTP GET, HEAD, PUT, DELETE, MOVE, and COPY methods, customisable HTTP headers.
  • yaws
    yaws is a HTTP 1.1 webserver entirely written in Erlang. It is a multithreaded webserver where one Erlang lightweight process is used to handle each client.
  • Zbatery
    Zbatery is an HTTP server for Rack applications on systems that either do not support fork(), or have no memory (nor need) to run the master/worker model.

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