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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Open Help Conference this weekend

June 09 2014

This weekend I'll be speaking at the Open Help Conference in Cincinnati about writing a better manual. I've given this talk before at various places, but this time it's completely rewritten and reorganized, so I hope a few of you might turn out for this. There will also be other… read more

Blocking comment spam with mod_security

June 06 2014

I've mentioned before that I use mod_security to (partially) prevent comment spam on this site. The trouble with spam is that it evolves, so it's a constant arms race.I've noticed in the last few months that the spam on this site typically has a URL as the comment name. There's… read more

OpenStack User Survey (Juno Summit)

June 05 2014

Last month at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, the highly-anticipated OpenStack user survey results were released. For reasons of respondent anonymity, the raw data of the survey will not be released, but rather just a summary of the numbers. Even with that, the new numbers are very interesting.It should be… read more

Testing autotweet from IFTTT

May 21 2014

This is a test. Don't mind me. read more

LinuxCon Japan day 1

May 21 2014

I started off LinuxCon Japan day 1 with a bang by delivering my very first conference keynote ever, in which I described how the Apache Software Foundation operates, and how it differs from some other foundations. I have't been this nervous giving a talk in almost 15 years. The audience… read more

LinuxCon Japan day 0

May 20 2014

My flight out of Lexington was delayed an hour and a half, resulting in a very tight connection in Chicago. I ran from gate to gate, and arrived as they were sounding the gate closing alarm. And a gate agent said that she thought I shouldn't go, because my passport… read more

If Meritocracy is a dirty word, what should we say instead?

May 02 2014

The Apache httpd project has been based around a concept called "Meritocracy" since the very first. Meritocracy means that you earn your seat at the council table by working hard. If you work to make things better, you get to decide the direction of the project.Unfortunately, over the last year… read more

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 swim - 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

"...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