[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/1o7h ]

Milestone release of world's most popular Web server now faster, more secure, 
and more efficient with TLS and OpenSSL support

Wakefield, MA —23 October 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the 
all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source 
projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® HTTP Server 2.4.37, the 
latest version of the world's most popular Web server.

Apache HTTP Server is an Open Source HTTP server for modern operating systems 
that include UNIX, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Netware. For more than 23 
years, the award-winning server software has been lauded as a secure, 
efficient, and extensible server that provides HTTP services observing the 
current HTTP standards.

"The Apache HTTP Server 2.4.37 represents a continuing marvel of a journey 
through Open Source history," said Daniel Gruno, Vice President of Apache HTTP 
Server. "More than four thousand people have contributed directly to the 
project during its lifetime, and one dare say many more will contribute, as we 
continue a steady pace at the very forefront of Web server software 

Apache HTTP Server v2.4.37 features Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 support 
when linked with a supporting OpenSSL (software library/toolkit for the TLS and 
Secure Sockets Layer protocols). Highlights include:

 - Improved Speed —shorter handshake time for quicker connections;
 - Enhanced Security —removed/deprecated less secure features for protection 
now and into the future; and
 - Upgraded Efficiency —integrated state-of-the-art protocols such as TLS 1.3 
with HTTP/2 for reduced overhead and added performance.

The full list of new features and changes is available in the project release 
notes at https://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/CHANGES_2.4

"Keeping pace with the major browsers and servers, this release is another step 
in our collective journey to a more secure Internet," said Daniel Ruggeri, 
Apache HTTP Server committer and v2.4.37 Release Manager. "We are in an 
exciting time in the Web technology space, and are proud to keep a great server 
on top of its game. We look forward to feedback and shipping more releases with 
killer features!"

The Apache HTTP Server has long been the server of choice for Websites of all 
sizes, and played an integral role in the growth of the commercial development 
of the World Wide Web. It remains the most popular Web server on the planet 
since April 1996.

"If I had to pinpoint the number one feature of the Apache HTTP Server Project 
and its long successful run, it is the community and self-driving mechanisms," 
added Gruno. "For nearly two decades, our community-first focus has given 
people the ability to come to us with a problem they need to solve, or piece of 
new technology that makes sense to them, and work with the community towards 
that goal —independent from who they are or who they work for or represent— and 
have it implemented and released with the The Apache Software Foundation 
guarding their backs. We encourage those in the HTTP sphere with an itch to 
scratch to step forward and leverage this advantage as we continue to serve the 
users of the Apache HTTP Server."

Availability and Oversight
Apache HTTP Server software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is 
overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A 
Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, 
including community development and product releases. For downloads, 
documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache HTTP Server, visit 
https://httpd.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apache_httpd

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most 
popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as 
"The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 6,800 Committers across 
six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available 
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of 
software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community 
actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and 
ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The 
ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations 
and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget 
Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, 
Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, 
Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, and Union 
Investment. For more information, visit https://apache.org/ and 

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