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First post, by dave343

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I've been wanting to play around with creating old websites that would work on the original Netscape browser and IE. Beta or very early 1.0 versions etc, and so I want to create a web server that would have been existed back around 1994-1995. What would I be looking at? Windows NT? Unix? Old Linux? And what kind of software would I need on those OS's? I could easily make a modern server with apache, and I do in fact have one running on a raspberry Pi, but I really wanted to emulate an original server from that time. Thanks.

Reply 1 of 7, by enaiel

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AFAIR, the market share of Web Servers in 1994 - 1995 were as follows:

1994:
1. NCSA HTTPD on UNIX/BSD
2. Netscape Web Server on UNIX/BSD

1995:
1. NCSA HTTPD on UNIX/BSD
2. Apache HTTPD on UNIX/BSD
3. Netscape Web Server on UNIX/BSD
4. IIS on WINNT

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Reply 2 of 7, by Jo22

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On Win31.de, a few old server programs are mentioned.

Xitami Webserver

NCSA httpd V1.3Pre for Windows 16bit (12-Jun-94)
NCSA httpd X1.1a2 for Windows 16bit (08-Apr-94)
httpd V1.4c for Windows 16bit (09-Jun-95)

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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel

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Reply 4 of 7, by doshea

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O'Reilly (the technical book publisher) made some HTTP server software called "WebSite" which according to this article came out in 1995:

https://books.google.com/books?id=xz4EAAAAMBA … onepage&f=false

Where I started working in 1997 we ran it on Windows NT Server (I'm not sure if it was 3.5x or 4 at that point, possibly a mix of both), and had CGI written in Visual Basic 4 conforming to the "WinCGI" interface. As the article says, it could run on Windows 9x too, so you could easily run it on your development machine to test your changes before publishing to the live server.