I, for one, will never forget the day a certain benchmark report from

Mindcraft
surfaced about a year and a half ago. It showed my beloved Linux

getting smashed by Windows NT in file and web serving benchmarks. A lot of things

came out of those benchmarks - accusations of cheating, more benchmarks, and finger

pointing to name a few - but a year and a half later, an answer to those benchmarks has arrived.

This summer the SPECweb99 results were published and out of nowhere, a Linux

webserver was now *creaming* its Windows 2000 counterpart. This for the most part caught

the Linux community(myself included) way off-guard. A year later, we had completely

turned the tables on the Microsoft offering, now beating them at their own benchmarking game. What was even more of a shock was that the webserver that turned in the incredible results wasn't our tried and

true Apache webserver, but

a newcomer called Tux.

Tux is mostly the work of Ingo Molnar from RedHat. TUX is a kernel-based, threaded, extremely high performance HTTP server. It is able to efficiently and safely serve both static and dynamic data. It is a new breed of webserver that is very closely integrated with the new Linux kernel(2.4). This close integration between OS and webserver(as IIS has shown) leads to increased performance. You can read more about the hardcore details of Tux and how it uses integration with the Linux kernel to

achieve such high levels of performance in this interview with Tux's author on Slashdot.

Since the SPECweb99 results this summer, many people have been eagerly awaiting a quality release version of TUX to

test, tune, and try on their own high traffic webservers. Today, the first binary release of TUX is available for

all to download, try, and use. You can download it from ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/tux/tux-1.0/ and try it on your Red Hat 6.2 or 7.0 systems now. Support

for other distributions is sure to follow.