The Apache Software Foundation officially released the Apache 2.4 today as the first major update to this leading open-source web-server in more than a half-decade. Apache 2.4 is slated to deliver superior performance to its 2.2 predecessor and better compete with the growingly-popular NGINX web-server.

Besides much faster performance, among the many enhancements to the Apache 2.4 HTTP Server is better a-synchronous support in its core, run-time loadable MPMs, reduced memory usage compared to Apache 2.2.x, several new modules, enhancements to existing modules, and much more.

Apache HTTP Server 2.4 provides a number of improvements and enhancements over the 2.2 version.
List here:   http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/new_features_2_4.html

You can download Apache HTTP Server 2.4.1 from:  http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache 2.4 comes with new modules like:

mod_proxy_fcgi
mod_proxy_scgi
mod_proxy_express
mod_remoteip
mod_heartmonitor, mod_lbmethod_heartbeat
mod_proxy_html
mod_sed
mod_auth_form
mod_session
mod_allowmethods
mod_lua
mod_log_debug
mod_buffer
mod_data
mod_ratelimit
mod_request
mod_reflector
mod_slotmem_shm
mod_xml2enc

More info here: http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/Announcement2.4.html

Piwik announces Piwik 1.7

Valic —  February 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Piwik announces the immediate availability of Piwik 1.7 after weeks of development and testing.

The Piwik team has been implementing new features based on your feedback and on Professional Services requests:

  • New Web Analytics reports (Loyalty and Recency reports)
  • Better performance when tracking hundreds or thousands of websites
  • Improved PDF/HTML reports (now including Graphs, possible to add the “All Websites” dashboard to the reports)
  • Better usability (Change Dashboard layouts, Plot specified metric on graphs)

screenshots of the new features:

  1. Loyalty report
  2. Recency Report
  3. Loyalty & Recency reports for Goals and Ecommerce conversions
  4. Visitors > Overview now displays Page views, Downloads and Outlinks stats separately
  5. PDF / HTML Reports now include Graphs! (optional)
  6.  Graphs: Select the metric to plot
  7. Dashboard with Custom Columns layout
  8.  How to change the Dashboard columns layout?
  9. Include the All Websites dashboard in PDF/HTML Email reports
  10. Summary

Here you have piwik 1.7 images:

 

The Debian Project has announced the launch of a new artwork contest for version 7.0 of its Linux distribution, code-named “Wheezy“. The project’s developers are seeking proposals from contributors for a variety of graphics and other artwork that will make up the look and feel of the next Debian operating system release.

 

Suggested ideas for theme submissions include “Blue Debian” & “Debian Universal”, as well as “Night” & “Space”. Graphics necessary for these include Boot Screen Images, artwork for the Debian Installer as well as a Desktop Wallpaper. However, users are not necessary to have all of these parts to make their submission â�� ought to an incomplete submission be selected, the submitter will be asked to add any missing parts. Existing proposals are available online on the DebianArt/Themes page.

The Debian Project has announced the launch of a used artwork contest for version 7.0 of its Linux distribution, code-named “Wheezy”. The project’s developers are seeking proposals from contributors for a variety of graphics & other artwork that will make up the look & feel of the next Debian operating technique release.

Further information about the contest, including a list of requirements, can be found on the Artwork for Wheezy wiki page. Those with questions are asked to post them to the debian-desktop mailing list. The current stable release is Debian 6.0.4.

Francesca Ciceri reminded Debian users that version 5.0 of the multipurpose operating technique has reach the finish of its supported life-cycle. year after the release of Debian 6.0, the plug has finally been pulled on Lenny. Users are urged to upgrade their installs to the fully supported Squeeze.

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny was released years ago on February 14, 2009 with Linux two.6.26, X.Org 7.3, GCC four.3.2, OpenOffice.org two.4.1, & desktops such as KDE three.5.10 & Xfce four.4.2. The server stack included Apache two.2.9, MySQL five.0.51a, & PHP five.2.6. This release was well received & served the community well. On February 6, 2012 security support has been terminated.

In the same Debian Announce posting Ciceri reassures nervous Site owners that “Debian GNU/Linux systems can be upgraded painlessly, in place, without any forced downtime” when using Aptitude Package Management. A detailed guide for upgrading from Lenny is located on Debian.org.

Today 6.0 Squeeze, or the latest incremental update, is recommended. 6.0 was released on February 6, 2011 featuring Linux two.6.32, GCC four.4.5, Apache two.2.16, KDE four.4.5, & OpenOffice.org three.2.1. Version 6.04 was released on January 28 with lots of bugfixes & security updates.

Debian developer Ben Hutchings has announced that Debian 7.0 (Wheezy), due for release in around a year’s time, will use a version of the Linux kernel 3.2 that was released in early January.

Debian 7.0 is due to be moved from the unstable to the testing repository soon. Hutchings also noted that the development team was open to backporting selected new features from later kernel versions in to the Debian three.2. kernel to improve the latter’s hardware support.

According to current designs, Debian developers are not intending to build any multi-architecture specific kernel versions, and OpenVZ and VServer specific versions will be dropped unless someone steps in to rescue them. There will, at least for the AMD64 architecture, be a kernel offering enhanced real-time characteristics based on kernel extensions from the RT tree.

Together with Ubuntu developers, who are deploying the three.2 kernel in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the Debian development team intends to maintain Linux version three.2 as a long-term kernel. Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman recently elevated Linux kernel three.0 to long-term kernel status, meaning that it will continue to be patched for a year period. The developers behind the RT patch are also planning to maintain the patch for Linux three.0 for a similar period. RT patches for Linux 3.2 are still at the experimental stage.

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