Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility -- all of these describe lighttpd (pron. lighty) which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments. With a small memory footprint compared to other web-servers, effective management of the cpu-load, and advanced feature set (FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) lighttpd is the perfect solution for every server that is suffering load problems. And best of all it's Open Source licensed under the revised BSD license.
lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites. Its
high speed io-infrastructure allows them to scale several times better with the same hardware than with alternative web-servers.
This fast web server and its development team create a web-server with the needs of the future web in mind:
Its event-driven architecture is optimized for a large number of parallel connections (keep-alive) which is important for high performance AJAX applications.
In good tradition every (second) release is followed by another one to fix the regressions. Sorry…
So this release contains mostly regression fixes for 1.4.36 and other bug fixes.
1.4.37 contains some regression fixes for 1.4.36, and cmake, scons and FreeBSD (and maybe other BSDs) related fixes. Static builds (for now scons only) have been improved. mmap handling in mod_cgi was improved, also the network mmap backend now handles SIGBUS (SIGBUS is triggered if a file gets smaller while reading; there are still some other places this can happen).
The internal API changed again, so please be careful with 3rd party plugins.
The test suite on our jenkins instance is now also run for scons (including static and fullstatic builds) and FreeBSD, hopefully preventing the kind of regressions especially FreeBSD had with 1.4.36 in future releases.