LiteSpeed Web Server 2.2 review

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LiteSpeed Web Server is a high-performance, secure, easy-to-use, and Apache interchangeable Web server.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 3479K
Developer: Lite Speed Technologies Inc.
Price: $0.00
Updated: 28 Aug 2006
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LiteSpeed Web Server is a high-performance, secure, easy-to-use, and Apache interchangeable Web server. Supports HTTP/1.1, SSL, CGI, FastCGI, LiteSpeed SAPI (LSAPI), PHP, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JSP, Python, Perl, Servlets, GZIP compression, chroot, IP level throttling,
connection accounting, DoS attack prevention, SNMP monitoring, Cacti graphing integration, and auto-service-recovery watchdog. With its Apache compatible rewrite engine, .htaccess, and MS FrontPage support, migration is quick and easy. A web admin GUI included for online browser-based administration and configuration. LiteSpeed Web Server can be used as a content accelerator, compression proxy, or a Layer7 security firewall running in front of any web application server.

Runs natively with both Intel and PowerPC version of OS X.

Here are some key features of "LiteSpeed Web Server":
Backward compatible with HTTP/1.0
Chunked Transfer Encoding
Basic Authentication (htpasswd and LDAP backend)
Entity Tag
Range/Multi-range Request
Static and dynamic content compression(gzip)
Dynamic Content Generation
Fast CGI
PHP (through Fast CGI interface), compatible with third party PHP Accelerators.
JSP/Servlet (interface to back-end Servlet engine)
Transparent reverse proxy (interface to back-end web server, application server)
URL Rewriting
URL Rewriting is fully compatible with Apache's configuration,
MS Frontpage server extension 2002
Supports content publishing with MS Frontpage client.
Virtual Hosting
Supports IP based and name based virtual hosting
.htaccess Support
Apache compatible distributed per-directory Access Control and Authentication configuration.
High performance Secure HTTP (HTTPS): supports SSLv2, SSLv3 and TLSv1
Access Control at server, virtual host and directory (context) level
File system protection
HTTP Authentication
IP level throttling (Bandwidth and Request Rate)
Comprehensive IP level connection accounting
Hotlink protection
Strict HTTP request checking
Comprehensive protection for static files
External application firewall for dynamic content
CGI resources consumption limit
CGI suEXEC excution and chroot
Chroot whole server process[Professional Edition only]
Watch dog and Instant recovery maximizes up-time
Graceful shutdown, all requests in process will be completed.
Runs completely in the user space, OS reliability is not affected
CGI, Fast CGI and servlet engine run in standalone processes, the reliability of the web server is not affected by third party software.

What's New:
New: Ruby on Rails integration introduces a simplified method of binding Rail applications.
New: Ruby on Rails vhost template available in /lswsinstall/conf/templates/rails.xml.
New: Global Force GID option for suEXEC CGI/FCGI/LSAPI.
New: PHP suEXEC options for vhosts configured via Apache configuration file.
New: SNMPD Bridge + Cacti Templates introduced in /lswsinstall/add-ons/snmp_monitoring/.
New: Updated bundled PHP binary to 4.4.4. Installer will not overwrite php binary of existing installation.
Fixed: Awstats permission problem in suEXEC mode.
Updated: Improved documentation.

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