Ben Laurie blathering

Apache Fan Mail

We quite often get fan mail at Apache from grateful users of our products. Since it’s been decided that these two samples are too risqué for the Apache website, I thought I’d share them here.

Aren’t people sweet?

Addendum (see comments for why): the reason people send this kind of thing to Apache is that when they screw up or have their website screwed up for them, they often see the “Congratulations, you’ve installed Apache” webpage that the default config shows – and then, obviously, all the ills of the world are caused by us.


  1. Gosh, I really just can’t see why someone would want to send something like this to Apache. Now Microsoft I could understand, but Apache? What gives?

    Comment by Scott Johnson — 25 Sep 2005 @ 18:46

  2. Actually, the reason we get these hate mail/faxes is mainly because frequently when some poor schmoe’s home computer is overridden with viruses or trojans, the bad program sends all of his computer’s traffic to one host on the net (typically some spam master or something or other), and said server is typically some stock linux box whose webserver is running unconfigured. So whenever the poor schmoe tries to surf to any website, all he gets is the stock Apache HTTP Server page.

    So, combine that with the fact that many people think that the entire internet resides on their computer and you’ve got a recipe for people thinking that Apache has been maliciously installed on their computers.

    Nice, eh?

    Comment by Fitz — 26 Sep 2005 @ 0:07

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