Perhaps in a few years that will be the headline.
In the mean time, lighttpd does look very promising…
“Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility–all of these describe LightTPD which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments.”
“lighttpd powers several popular Web 2.0 sites like YouTube, wikipedia and meebo. Its high speed io-infrastructure allows them to scale several times better with the same hardware than with alternative webservers.”
The configuration file for lighttpd looks more like source code, rather than a typical ini file. One feature that I am particularly impressed with, that has no Apache counterpart, is the conditional configuration.
Lets hope this project stays afloat. Competition is a good thing, for the end-user.
Also, take a look at the LiteSpeed Web Server.