According to Apache’s web site for FAQ:

Why the name “Apache”?
The name ‘Apache’ was chosen from respect for the Native American Indian tribe of Apache (Indé), well-known for their superior skills in warfare strategy and their inexhaustible endurance. For more information on the Apache Nation, we suggest searching Google, or AllTheWeb.

Secondarily, and more popularly (though incorrectly) accepted, it’s a considered cute name which stuck. Apache is “A PAtCHy server”. It was based on some existing code and a series of “patch files

I find the use of ‘it’s a patchy server’ to be a misnomer as it could apply to any type of server, whether running apache or not. Check your sources people.

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