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This article was published on September 16, 2008


    The World’s Very First Webserver

    The World’s Very First Webserver


    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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    Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

    CEO and co-founder, TNW

    Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

    This is a photo of the very first Web Server. It was used by Tim Berners-Lee (Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee actually) while he worked at CERN. As you can see the first web server was a NeXT box. NeXT was a company founded by Steve Jobs after he left Apple. The company never took off and was acquired by Apple when they were looking for a new operating system. The first web browser, developed by Berners-Lee was called WorldWideWeb and was developed on NeXTSTEP, the NeXT development toolset.

    They (Herb Brody) say that telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror. But I still think it is good to look back on how things got started and where they ended up since then. The first website was put online in August 1991. Just think about how much has happened since then and try to imagine how much we can expect from the next 17 years…