We hardly need more proof that the Nginx Web server has become a major-league player. According to Netcraft, it’s currently the No. 3 Web server (14 percent of all sites), behind only Microsoft IIS (24 percent) and Apache (44 percent). Netflix, Hulu, Pinterest, GitHub, and WordPress.com all employ it, thanks to its much-vaunted ability to serve up Web content at high speed.
Now, however, comes yet another sign the little Web server that could (and did) has become an even bigger deal. Canonical has elected to add the BSD-licensed Nginx as a fully supported component of Ubuntu Server, starting with the 14.04 release due out later this year.