Linode's guide to hosting a website suggests these Apache settings:
<IfModule mpm_prefork_module> StartServers 1 MinSpareServers 3 MaxSpareServers 6 MaxClients 24 MaxRequestsPerChild 3000 </IfModule>
The explanation given is:
You've successfully optimized Apache for your Linode, increasing performance and implementing safeguards to prevent excessive resource consumption. You're almost ready to host websites with Apache.
My question is: do these settings really increase performance -- and if so, how -- or just limit resource consumption -- or both?