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July 18th, 2010, 11:33 AM
Hello guys, I recently found about Nginx (Old time Apache user).
I'd just like to check with you what your thoughts is about Nginx, it seems to update very frequently and seems incredible leightweight. Or do you prefer Lighthttp?

So, thoughts guys?

July 18th, 2010, 04:13 PM
I have next to zero server experience, but the short time I used nginx I really liked it.


July 18th, 2010, 05:38 PM
I use Nginx on my home server (Pentium II Descutes, 192 Mib of RAM.) It doesn't get much traffic if any, so I have no idea of its performance characteristics.

I can't compare it to Apache because I haven't used Apache. Basically, when I realized that Python's simple HTTP server (http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/tech-tip-really-simple-http-server-python) was inadequate, I knew I'd have to install a "real" HTTP server. I looked at the Apache documentation, but while it was exhaustive and fairly well-written, it didn't give me any idea of where to begin, and the whole thing looked incredibly complicated. So I decided to look at some alternatives.

NGINX was the first alternative I tried. The documentation was also exhaustive and well-written, but NGINX's configuration system is itself much simpler and more intuitive-- I was able to write my own configuration using just the well-commented examples they provided, in addition to hunting through the documentation for some details on what everything did. I had it up and running in at most three hours (probably closer to an hour and a half,) starting at absolutely zero knowledge.

I never did get around to trying out the other Apache alternatives, but unless I have a complaint with NGINX, I don't think I'll ever need to.