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    OpenLiteSpeed - now available as open version

    I was just browsing the Litespeed site to see when it was updated last and just found that they released an open version of litespeed:

    LiteSpeed Announces the Release of OpenLiteSpeed 1.0

    World's Fastest Web Server Joins the Open Source Community

    Basking Ridge, New Jersey — May 2, 2013

    LiteSpeed Technologies announced today that it has joined the open source community with the release of OpenLiteSpeed 1.0. LiteSpeed Web Server has long been the 4th most popular HTTP server and the 2nd most popular commercial server on the web. We want to continue to expand the options open to users, allowing more people to experience our high-speed, lightweight web server.

    OpenLiteSpeed 1.0 can be downloaded at: http://open.litespeedtech.com.
    It would seem like a full version minus the control panel compatibility, mod_security and .htaccess file support.

    Read more here: http://www.litespeedtech.com/latest/...litespeed.html

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    That is good news. Thanks for sharing.

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    Yup just found out about OpenLiteSpeed as well.. surprised by their move to open source it !

    Already started OpenLiteSpeed benchmarking against Nginx
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    Quote Originally Posted by barry[CoffeeSprout] View Post
    It would seem like a full version minus the control panel compatibility, mod_security and .htaccess file support.
    It seems it's a single core Litespeed license which has been stripped down, No fear upon us enterprise license holders

    This has already been the talk over at LET for the last week or so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cd/home View Post
    It seems it's a single core Litespeed license which has been stripped down, No fear upon us enterprise license holders

    This has already been the talk over at LET for the last week or so...
    nope not single core, OpenLiteSpeed is full multi-core supported

    Code:
    ps aufx | egrep '(nginx|litespeed)'
    
    
    root     19599  0.1  0.2  59212  3092 ?        S    00:35   0:00 openlitespeed (lshttpd - main)
    root     19603  0.0  0.0  58052  1008 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lscgid)
    nobody   19604  0.0  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #01)
    nobody   19605  0.1  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #02)
    nobody   19606  0.1  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #03)
    nobody   19607  0.0  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #04)
    root     20572  0.0  0.1  41728  1396 ?        Ss   00:35   0:00 nginx: master process /usr/local/sbin/nginx -c /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf
    nginx    20573  0.1  0.2  42716  2604 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process                                    
    nginx    20574  0.1  0.1  42164  2104 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process                                    
    nginx    20575  0.2  0.1  42164  2104 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process                                    
    nginx    20576  0.2  0.1  42164  2088 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process
    but OpenLiteSpeed default out of box sets number of workers as 'not set' which = 1 core. Changing number of workers to appropriate number, allows all cpu cores to be used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eva2000 View Post
    nope not single core, OpenLiteSpeed is full multi-core supported

    Code:
    ps aufx | egrep '(nginx|litespeed)'
    
    
    root     19599  0.1  0.2  59212  3092 ?        S    00:35   0:00 openlitespeed (lshttpd - main)
    root     19603  0.0  0.0  58052  1008 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lscgid)
    nobody   19604  0.0  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #01)
    nobody   19605  0.1  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #02)
    nobody   19606  0.1  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #03)
    nobody   19607  0.0  0.1  59116  1808 ?        S    00:35   0:00  \_ openlitespeed (lshttpd - #04)
    root     20572  0.0  0.1  41728  1396 ?        Ss   00:35   0:00 nginx: master process /usr/local/sbin/nginx -c /usr/local/nginx/conf/nginx.conf
    nginx    20573  0.1  0.2  42716  2604 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process                                    
    nginx    20574  0.1  0.1  42164  2104 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process                                    
    nginx    20575  0.2  0.1  42164  2104 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process                                    
    nginx    20576  0.2  0.1  42164  2088 ?        S<   00:35   0:00  \_ nginx: worker process
    but OpenLiteSpeed default out of box sets number of workers as 'not set' which = 1 core. Changing number of workers to appropriate number, allows all cpu cores to be used.
    Interesting find

    I guess Litespeed will be the talk of the summer again...
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    I don't know if I should move from Nginx to OpenLiteSpeed. Since OpenLiteSpeed is in development stage, it must have a lot of bugs and some vulnerabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John - 24HL View Post
    I don't know if I should move from Nginx to OpenLiteSpeed. Since OpenLiteSpeed is in development stage, it must have a lot of bugs and some vulnerabilities.
    Not sure. Its likely very similar to the litespeed code.
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    If anything, this is good for the paid litespeed holders (and free holders). The more eyes Litespeed has, the better the product will be by fixing the bugs.

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    Interesting move. So presumably aiming to compete with Nginx for the single-user systems and generally grow their user-base.
    Quote Originally Posted by barry[CoffeeSprout] View Post
    It would seem like a full version minus the control panel compatibility, mod_security and .htaccess file support.
    While the full commercial version remains very attractive to shared hosting providers as a drop-in replacement for Apache.

    Although the open version does include "Apache compatible rewrite engine" - the key part of .htaccess compatibility. I wonder if this might backfire on LiteSpeedTech - someone could just fork the project and put all that missing functionality back in...
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    Quote Originally Posted by foobic View Post
    Although the open version does include "Apache compatible rewrite engine" - the key part of .htaccess compatibility. I wonder if this might backfire on LiteSpeedTech - someone could just fork the project and put all that missing functionality back in...
    I was just thinking the same, Only time will tell, If that's the case then our $799 licenses will be well "worthless"

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    Quote Originally Posted by foobic View Post
    Interesting move. So presumably aiming to compete with Nginx for the single-user systems and generally grow their user-base.

    While the full commercial version remains very attractive to shared hosting providers as a drop-in replacement for Apache.

    Although the open version does include "Apache compatible rewrite engine" - the key part of .htaccess compatibility. I wonder if this might backfire on LiteSpeedTech - someone could just fork the project and put all that missing functionality back in...
    I think they're fully aware of the possibility based off the license choice (GPLv3). I also think they're confident that the years of work they put into it won't be that easy to replicate (IE: the massive amounts of bug fixes and such from a relatively large user base).

    Also being a commercial allows us (client) to get bug fixes / features fixed much faster than a fork normally would. I'm merely basing this off of the numerous open source projects and the amount of work it takes to maintain.

    Definitely a neat thing to see them do however.
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    Wonder if anyone would look into porting Google ModPageSpeed to OpenLiteSpeed? Similar to what Nginx/Google did with ngx_pagespeed
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    Quote Originally Posted by foobic View Post
    Interesting move. So presumably aiming to compete with Nginx for the single-user systems and generally grow their user-base.

    While the full commercial version remains very attractive to shared hosting providers as a drop-in replacement for Apache.

    Although the open version does include "Apache compatible rewrite engine" - the key part of .htaccess compatibility. I wonder if this might backfire on LiteSpeedTech - someone could just fork the project and put all that missing functionality back in...
    I wonder if the Apache config support is really that easy to bake back in. If it were, some enterprising soul might have done something similar on top of Nginx already.

    That is also probably the main attraction to the Litespeed enterprise version; It's a drop-in replacement for users who are already paying for a control panel.

    I agree that this will be excellent for those who run one or two sites on a VPS as a replacement for Nginx.

    This is looking a lot like the recent browser wars, which has gotten us all faster and better browsers

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    So, they take slow sales on their own product (feel free to tell me how amazing their sales must be, because you own a copy) which now has a performance equal competitor which also happens to run the majority of the internet (Apache 2.4 w/ Event MPM), then gimp the product by removing all of the key features needed to help it reach critical mass, encourage people to contribute to the open source version (and in turn their commercial product) and call it a good thing?

    Sounds like a really sloppy grasp at trying to reinvigorate their business.

    I'm curious to know how this open version will translate to their paid version...

    It's under GPLv3, which means as soon as they include some code from it (say a huge boost to performance or some really awesome feature) they are therein forced to open source that part of the commercial product.

    Sounds messy.
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