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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 - 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 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
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
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, OReillys Apache Cookbook is a must-have reference...This is a highly recommended book that Ill no doubt find myself referencing time and time again."
--Kevin Zolkiewicz, ChicagoRuby.org
"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