Rich Bowen

Areas of Expertise:

  • Apache

Rich Bowen is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, working primarily on the documentation for the Apache Web Server. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he spends his free time GeoCaching. He also enjoys flying kites and reading stuff by Charles Dickens and his contemporaries.

Rich is a coauthor of Apache Administrators Handbook and Apache Cookbook.

Rich, or DrBacchus--his handle on IRC--also spends entirely too much time on #apache. You can find him on the web at

Apache Cookbook Apache Cookbook
by Rich Bowen , Ken Coar
Second Edition December 2007
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

What's New in Apache Web Server 2.2? What's New in Apache Web Server 2.2?
by Rich Bowen
February 2007
Ebook: $9.99

Apache Cookbook Apache Cookbook
by Ken Coar , Rich Bowen
November 2003
Ebook: $23.99

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ApacheCon NA 2014 Keynotes

April 17 2014

This year at ApacheCon, I had the unenviable task of selecting the keynotes. This is always difficult, because you want to pick people who are inspirational, exciting speakers, but people who haven't already been heard by everyone at the event. You also need to give some of your sponsors the… read more

ApacheCon North America 2014

April 14 2014

Last week I had the honor of chairing ApacheCon North America 2014 in Denver Colorado. I could hardly be any prouder of what we were able to do on such an incredibly short timeline. Most of the credit goes to Angela Brown and her amazing team at the Linux Foundation… read more

How Mr Mink taught himself to swim

March 27 2014

How Mr. Mink taught himself to swpm - a story from the Mother West Wind How stories by Thornton BurgessListen to it HERE, or subscribe to my podcast to listen to it in your favorite podcast app. read more

How King Eagle got his white head

March 16 2014

How King Eagle got his bald head - a story from the Mother West Wind How stories by Thornton BurgessListen to it HERE, or subscribe to my podcast to listen to it in your favorite podcast app. read more

ApacheCon welcomes SourceForge back for another year

March 05 2014

The following guest post appears on the SourceForge blog today. I'm personally very pleased to welcome SourceForge back to ApacheCon for another year.-------------The Apache Software Foundation is pleased to announce ApacheCon US 2014, which we’re presenting in conjunction with the Linux Foundation. The conference will be held in Denver, Colorado,… read more

Come see me at ApacheCon NA 2014

February 28 2014

In April I will be speaking at ApacheCon North America in Denver, Colorado. I've had two talks accepted:Configurable Configuration is a talk about some of the new shiny configuration syntax available in Apache httpd 2.4 - stuff like the If/ElseIf/Else syntax in configuration files, the new expression evaluation engine, and… read more


February 24 2014

Islandfeb 24 2013LAX, Gate 47AThe travelers cling to the islandfighting for a foothold,for a chance to pluck the limited fruit.Their phones, laptops, and tabletsbalance precariously on the tiny table,their cables drinking from the meagre outlets.They sit on the floor, lean on the wall,look longingly at theonly-slightly-more-comfortablefellow passengers,sitting in the cramped… read more

Worst travel day ever

February 21 2014

Yesterday was just the worst travel day ever. My flight out of LEX was delayed, but got to ORD in time to make my connection at 1:50 ... except we sat on the runway for almost an hour waiting for our gate to open up. I got to the connection… read more


February 11 2014

Last week I was in Brussels for FOSDEM, and then went to Config Management Camp and in Ghent. I'm still catching up from the week, but wanted to take a moment to note some of the highlights.First, FOSDEM was incredible, for a number of reasons.I've never been to a… read more

Ceilometer API, Net::OpenStack::Ceilometer

January 22 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I agreed to give a talk at Infrastructure.Next about the Ceilometer component of OpenStack. Immediately afterwards, I regretted this, simply because I'm not exactly an expert on Ceilometer. But I've often said that the best way to learn something is to teach it, and what… read more

Copyright statements in source files

January 14 2014

Earlier today I was looking at a source file for the Ceilometer docs and noticed that there's a copyright statement at the top.Now, in no way do I want to pick on Nicholas. There are hundreds of such copyright statements in the OpenStack docs and code, and this is just… read more

January 13 2014

I posted a few days ago about personal ticket tracking, and received a lot of suggestions. The one that worked for me immediately was Todo.txt, which augments the way I was already doing things - plain text with a little markup - with a set of tools to give me… read more

Personal ticket tracker

January 10 2014

I ask this every few years, because I've never found a particularly good solution. I'd love to hear what you use.I need a personal ticket tracker. I'm not talking about a check-it-off style To Do List app, but rather something more approaching a software ticket tracker.I need to be able… read more

Raspberry Pi Jukebox (XMBC)

January 10 2014

tldr; I wanted to use my Raspberry Pi as a jukebox (music only) using XMBC, but it doesn't like to run without a screen.I recently acquired a second Raspberry Pi. I'm using the first one for a bunch of web automation stuff for work, and I intended to use the… read more

"...this book is packed full of useful solutions to some of the more common and some of the more obscure problems that you may encounter when working with Apache."
--Andy Hudson, Linux Format

"If you often find yourself working with the Apache web server, O’Reilly’s Apache Cookbook is a must-have reference...This is a highly recommended book that I’ll no doubt find myself referencing time and time again."
--Kevin Zolkiewicz,

"The book will surely be of great interest to Apache administrators of different levels of expertise. It covers quite a long list of topics and the solutions are often unique. Some will argue that Google search can replace this type of a book, but this is not the case. Apache Cookbook is a centralized publication that provides a number of answers I didn't come across online and besides this, some of the recipes will definitely give you further ideas on things to do with your Apache web server."
--Mirko Zorz, Help Net Security