The Problem on the long term ubuntu 8.04 and the current stable debian is that they ship the old OpenSSL 0.9.8o With that I wasn’t able to compile the new apache 2.4.1 with all the SSL features I want. Downloading the OpenSSL source and just configure make make install didn’t help at all.

checking whether to enable mod_ssl... checking dependencies 
 checking for OpenSSL... checking for user-provided OpenSSL base directory... none 
 checking for OpenSSL version >= 0.9.7... FAILED 
 configure: WARNING: OpenSSL version is too old 
 checking whether to enable mod_ssl... configure: error: mod_ssl has been requested but can not be built due to prerequisite failures 
 mario@h2020668:~/apache24/httpd-2.4.1$ openssl version 
 OpenSSL 0.9.8o 01 Jun 2010

The only thing that helped was to use the unix config script plus the right prefix plus the shared option

 tar xfz openssl-1.0.1.tar.gz 
 cd openssl-* 
 ./config --prefix=/usr zlib-dynamic --openssldir=/etc/ssl shared 
 sudo make install


Debian is very fine, but sometimes it sucks because of the lag of new software versions