Free Web Server

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It used to be, back in the day, that when you bought Windows, you owned Windows. Not so much any more. Now there's the home edition, the super-duper home edition, the professional version (as opposed to the amateur version?), and so on. Each has a different price, and a different set of features, with a direct correlation between price and functionality. One of the features that they decided, in their wisdom, was an "extra" was that of a local web server. There's no such thing any more as the Personal Web Server that used to ship with Win98; now you have to buy the super-duper version of Windows to get a copy of IIS, the big-deal Windows web server. What if you want to create an intranet to use locally, or even a low-volume web site for the real world to access? Time for third-party applications.

Abyss Web Server is a powerful web server that doesn't require a high-priced version of Windows to run–it'll even run on Win95. In fact, it doesn't require Windows at all, since it's also available for OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD.

It's easy to set up and configure, with a browser-based front end. It supports server-side includes, custom error pages, URL rewriting, and many more features. The Windows version even handles ASP.NET pages. With add-ons, it supports PHP, Perl, Python, and a bunch of database backends.

Abyss Web Server is free for personal use. If you want to add extra functionality or deploy it in a production environment, you'll want to upgrade to the paid version.

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