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Monday Oct 01, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Stanbol as a Top-Level Project

European Union-seeded modular Open Source framework enables and extends semantic content management.

Forest Hill, MD – 1 October 2012 – The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache Stanbol has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the Project’s community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Created to extend traditional content management systems with semantic services, Apache Stanbol offers semantic services for automatic content enhancement, a process where plain text is automatically enriched with meta-data, e.g. about persons, places and organizations, from external data sources. Stanbol’s customized enhancement engines and process chains can be designed for user-specific enhancement tasks, enabling automatic content annotation and linking.

"The graduation also acknowledges the success of Apache Stanbol in bringing semantic technologies and content management communities together," explained Fabian Christ, Vice President of Apache Stanbol.

Providing reusable components that can be used to enhance content automatically is an important step in lifting existing content to a level that makes it more useable for all kinds of tasks, including a better search experience. Adding meta-data to content and linking the content to other existing resources adds the kind of value that could make the difference in many industrial use cases.

"Searchbox is leveraging the Stanbol framework for the Fusepool project as the core framework for processing unstructured and plain text information sources," explained Stéphane Gamard from Searchbox. "Thanks to Stanbol, different information sources can be processed, semantically enhanced and delivered to a front-end web application for an intuitive and advanced user experience."

Initially developed within the European Union's IKS EU Research Project, Stanbol entered the Apache Incubator in November 2010 and was quickly embraced as an ideal framework that makes semantic technologies usable for developers of content management systems. The Project provides a set of predefined enhancement engines including engines for language detection, named entity recognition, and engines for linking entities to linked open data (LOD) sources like DBPedia or geonames.org.

"CELI France, thanks to the integration with Stanbol, we were able to integrate our curriculum vitae (CV) parsing technology with main stream open source document management system, said Luca Dini from CELI.  "Moreover the final user experience was empowered by automatic linking with external LOD sources, which allowed true semantic reasoning over information linguistically extracted from CVs".

"GOSS Interactive demonstrated integration with Apache Stanbol to automatically add semantic mark-up and additional meta-data to managed content while it was still an incubator project," said Gary Ratcliffe from GOSS. "The graduation ensures the availability of Stanbol as a platform on which new semantic services can be developed in the future."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Stanbol software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Stanbol source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://stanbol.apache.org/. A timeline of the project's history through graduation is also available from the Apache Incubator.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way", more than 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Go Daddy, Google, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, WANdisco, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

"Apache", "Stanbol", "Apache Stanbol", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Friday Sep 21, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Program, Speaker Lineup, Sponsors for ApacheCon Europe

The ApacheCon Europe Planning team today announced the program, speaker lineup, and sponsors for ApacheCon, the official conference of The Apache Software Foundation.

ApacheCon returns to Europe 5-8 November 2012 at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, Germany, attracting Open Source users, developers, gurus, students, novices, and enthusiasts to the newly-introduced "Community Edition" of ApacheCon --a smaller, less formal event aimed at a more technically-oriented audience, and featuring an array of sessions focused on Apache projects and initiatives, plus MeetUps, FastFeather and Community Tracks, Hackathon, and BarCamp. This is an ideal opportunity for technologists currently developing Apache-based solutions, as well as those interested in committing code to an Apache project, contributing to the Apache Incubator, or enhancing their Open Source products and community practices.

ApacheCon Europe Community Edition is organized and run by the Apache community; all content for ApacheCon has been selected by Apache Project Management Committees. 13 tracks explore key Open Source applications and issues, from Big Data and Smart Search to Cloud and Infrastructure, and include:

Apache Daily –-the tools, frameworks, and components used on a daily basis, such as Apache Logging, Apache Maven, Apache Ant, Apache Buildr, Apache Commons, and more.

ApacheEE –-all about Java Enterprise projects at the ASF, including Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache OpenEJB, Apache TomEE, Apache Tomcat, Apache MyFaces, Apache DeltaSpike, Apache BVal, and Apache OpenJPA.

Big Data [sponsored by Hortonworks] –-the ASF projects at the forefront of high-volume performance, innovation, and analytics, such as Apache Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Apache HBase, Apache Hive, Apache Kafka, Apache Mahout, Apache Pig, Apache Whirr, Apache ZooKeeper and friends.

Camel in Action –-common problems, solutions, and best practices with Apache Camel.

Cloud [sponsored by Citrix and HP] –-many Apache initiatives play a key role in powering today's Cloud, from Apache Libcloud and Deltacloud, to Apache Whirr, Accumulo, and Cloudstack, to Apache Hadoop + friends.

Community –-if you've ever wanted to know how to become involved with the ASF --from becoming a Committer to bringing a project to the Apache Incubator to learning how the ASF works-- or are seeking information on how Open Source can benefit your organization or ways to improve your Open Source community experience, this is the place to roll up sleeves and get started.

Linked Data –-adopting, linking, and interoperating the Web of Data using the latest in annotating, processing, extracting, reasoning, and semantics with Apache Jena, Apache Any23 (Incubating), Apache Clerezza (Incubating), and Apache Stanbol (Incubating).

Lucene/Solr and Friends [co-located with Lucene Eurocon; sponsored by LucidWorks] –-the latest in search and analytics with Apache Lucene/Solr, Apache Tika, Apache ManifoldCF and more.

Modular Java –-developing and deploying applications in public and private Cloud environments using Apache Felix, Apache ACE, Apache Karaf, Apache Aries, Apache Sling.

NoSQL Database –-use cases and latest developments in dovetailing Big Data with Apache Cassandra, Apache HBase, Apache CouchDB, Apache Accumulo, and more.

OFBiz –-the ins and outs of Apache OFBiz (Open For Business), the Open Source Enterprise Resource Planning suite of applications that integrate and automate many business processes, including catalogue management, eCommerce, CRM, warehousing, manufacturing, project management, HR functionality, FiCo, and more.

OpenOffice [sponsored by Oracle] –-the Apache OpenOffice ecosystem, with dedicated hackathons, MeetUps, and evening sessions, as well as use cases, and technical sessions on Writer, Calc, Impress, Math, Base, and Draw.

Web Infrastructure –-the backbone of the Web, including Apache HTTP Server, Apache Tomcat, Apache Traffic Server, and more.

The full presentation list is available at http://www.apachecon.eu/schedule/list/

Registration and Special Savings
Register by 1 October 2012 to take advantage of Early Bird rates with savings up to €150. Students benefit with a super-discounted registration rate of €75, made possible by a special subsidy from Google. Sign up today at http://www.apachecon.eu/tickets/

Sponsorship
ApacheCon Europe is underwritten through a generous donation by Platinum Sponsor SAP. Joining them are Citrix, Google, Hortonworks, and LucidWorks at the Gold level; HP and Oracle at the Silver level; and evening events sponsor The Open Bastion. For sponsorship information, contact Melissa Warnkin at ea@apache.org or on +1 908 343 3214.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

-The ApacheCon Planning Committee


Wednesday Sep 05, 2012

Media Alert: The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Wicket™ v6.0

Who The Apache Software Foundation (ASF): all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives.

What Version 6.0 release of Apache Wicket, the Open Source component-based Java Web application framework in use at Symantec, Walmart, Netherlands Internal Revenue Service, and more.

Why Apache Wicket v6.0 is the latest version of the popular Java component-oriented Web framework used by thousands of development shops around the world, including an array of large and small organizations such as Symantec Corporation, Walmart, Vegas.com, email provider GMX, and the Dutch Internal Revenue Service. Providing an Open Source, component-oriented development model for Web application development, Wicket eases the creation and maintenance of complex Java Web applications; v6.0 enhances core functionality and offers many new features, from OSGi compatibility to AJAX attributes to Big Data support. 

"This release delivers a reinvigorated implementation of our client side API that enables developers to integrate rich JavaScript libraries and components with minimal effort. We have updated and broadened the capability and flexibility of many existing features throughout the framework," said Martijn Dashorst, Vice President of Apache Wicket.

Where As with all Apache products, Apache Wicket is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors; a Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. The Apache Wicket PMC has released a new Technical Fact Sheet on Apache Wicket v6.0 at https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/apache_wicket_v6_0_0

When Apache Wicket v6.0 is released under the Apache Software License v2.0 and is now available for download at http://wicket.apache.org/

Contact Sally Khudairi, ASF Vice President Marketing & Publicity, at press@apache.org or on +1 617 921 8656

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world’s most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way", more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation’s official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)© not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

"Apache", "Wicket", "Apache Wicket", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Apache Wicket v6.0.0 Technical Fact Sheet

"With great pleasure we announce the availability of Apache Wicket 6.0.0"
-- Martijn Dashorst, Vice President, Apache Wicket

Apache Wicket v6.0.0 is the 6th major release of the popular open source Java web framework. Numerous enhancements make Apache Wicket v6.0.0 a solid choice for web
development:

  • Out-of-the box JQuery integration 
  • Complete control over AJAX requests
  • Improved event registration in browsers
  • Support for large datasets in components
  • Dependency management for client side javascript libraries
  • Experimental support for websockets
Additional features include a customizable client-side API, improved feedback messages, correct packaging for OSGi compatibility and improved initialization of plugins. Highlights include:

Java 6 required -This release moves the minimum required Java version to Java 6. This means that Wicket applications running on earlier Java versions meaning to upgrade, also need to upgrade their Java runtime.

Revamped Wicket AJAX now leverages JQuery - Wicket's custom AJAX JavaScript library has been re-implemented using JQuery. This makes it easier to integrate JQuery plugins into Wicket applications. With the new AJAX implementation it is possible to provide your own version of JQuery should the need arise, or even to replace the whole Wicket client side AJAX implementation.

AJAX Attributes - With the new and improved AJAX implementation, you can alter any aspect of an AJAX request through AjaxRequestAttributes. For example you can specify that the request should be executed using POST instead of GET, or that the AJAX request should be multi-part, etc. See the migration guide or the JavaDoc of AjaxRequestAttributes for all possible options.

Browser event registration replaces inline events - Wicket now uses JavaScript event registration instead of inline attributes for AJAX components. This enables multiple event listeners to be attached to a markup tag, cleans up the rendered markup considerably and reduces the amount of generated markup.

IDataProvider now uses long instead of int - The IDataProvider<T> interface and implementations now use long instead of int for index and size parameters to better line up with the Java Persistence API and other persistency frameworks. Big data is now possible with Wicket!

${label} replaces ${input} in feedback messages - Previous Wicket versions used the input that was provided by users in error messages when validations failed. This led to error messages like "1234a is not a valid number". In Wicket 6 the feedback messages use the label of the invalid form component instead. You can set the label by calling setLabel() on the form

component. If no label is provided, Wicket defaults to displaying the component identifier. This changes the error message to "Phonenumber is not a valid number".

Resources can declare dependencies - It is now much easier to create resource contributions with dependencies, for example a JQuery plugin can declare a dependency on JQuery and other resources such as embedded style sheets. Users of such resources don’t have to provide these dependencies themselves, and the dependencies are linked in the appropriate order.

Packaged resources will use minimized version automatically - When a minimized JavaScript resource is available (filename.min.js – add the .min part to the filename before the extension), Wicket will automatically use the minimized version when running in deployment mode, while using the non-minimized version for development mode.

OSGi compatible packaging - Wicket's packaging has been made compatible with OSGi bundles by moving some classes to different packages. The full list can be found in our migration guide. This makes it much easier to deploy Wicket applications in an OSGi environment.

Experimental websocket implementations - This release also includes two experimental websocket implementations: one using Atmosphere as a bridge for browsers and containers that don’t support websockets natively and one for containers and browsers that have native websocket support.

The complete set of changes is available in the migration guide at http://s.apache.org/wicket-6.0-migration

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache Wicket v6.0.0 is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Wicket source code, documentation, and related resources are available at http://wicket.apache.org/

"Apache", "Wicket", "Apache Wicket", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Wednesday Aug 01, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Deltacloud™ v1.0

Open Source Cloud interoperability toolkit adds EC2 Compatibility frontend

Forest Hill, MD –1 August 2012– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Deltacloud™ v1.0.

Deltacloud provides several Web Service APIs for interacting with Cloud service providers and resources in a unified, interoperable manner. In addition, the project comprises many implementations for the most popular Clouds and provides client libraries for a wide variety of languages.

"The release of version 1.0 is a logical step in the evolution of the project," said David Lutterkort, Vice President of Apache Deltacloud. "The native Deltacloud API has reached a level of maturity that makes calling this release 1.0 very appropriate."

The Deltacloud server offers three different API frontends: a classic API, based on the API defined by the Deltacloud project itself; a frontend for the Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface standard under development by the Distributed Management Task Force; and now a frontend for the API used by Amazon's EC2.

"The EC2 frontend really just started as a 'let's see how hard this can be' prototype - we found that it was actually quite easy to add that additional API to Deltacloud. The Deltacloud codebase is very well suited to translating between cloud API's, making it possible for clients using one API to talk to clouds offering a completely different one," added Lutterkort. "Deltacloud makes it possible for clients to use the EC2 API against a VMWare vSphere installation or against OpenStack; similarly, it allows clients to use the CIMI API with Amazon's Web Services. It goes a long way towards avoiding lock-in on the cloud API level."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Deltacloud software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project’s day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Deltacloud source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://deltacloud.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, InMotion Hosting, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, WANdisco, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Deltacloud", "Apache Deltacloud", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Call For Papers Now Open: ApacheCon Europe 2012 --DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 13 AUGUST!

Call For Papers now open for Open Source conference in Sinsheim, Germany

The official conference, trainings and expo of the ASF returns to Europe 5-9 November 2012 at the Rhein-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim, Germany. The Call For Papers is now open through 13 August 2012. Early-bird registration will open 6 August 2012.

Apache powers half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhances the lives of countless users and developers.
ApacheCon brings developers and users together to explore key issues in building Open Source solutions "The Apache Way". The 2012 Europe event will cover a wide range of topics, from Cloud to Big Data, from Content to Servers, Search to Store, Business and Tools. Tracks include:
- Apache Daily - ApacheEE - Big Data - Camel in Action - Cloud - Linked Data - Lucene/Solr and Friends - Modular Java - NoSQL - OpenOffice - Web Infrastructure

SAP is the lead underwriter for ApacheCon Europe 2012; additional opportunities for corporate and individual sponsorship are available.

For more information and to submit a presentation proposal, visit http://apachecon.com/.
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Tuesday Jul 10, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Nutch™ v2.0

Enterprise-scale Open Source search framework used for crawling intranets to global Web indexing.

Forest Hill, MD –10 July 2012– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Nutch v2.0.

Apache Nutch is a highly scalable search framework written in Java. It is built on several Apache projects, including Solr™, Tika™, Hadoop™, and Gora™, among others, for crawling, a link-graph database, and parsing support for HTML and an array of other document formats.

"Having been at the origin of Open Source superstars such as Apache Hadoop or Apache Tika, Nutch now catches up with the NoSQL trends and adopts a table-like representation," said Apache Nutch Vice President Julien Nioche.

Apache Nutch is lauded for its flexible scalability and extensibility, and is the go-to choice for companies of all sizes, from start-ups and medium sized businesses to large scale organizations.

Under development for nearly two years, Nutch v2.0 covers many use cases, from small crawls on a single machine to running large scale deployments on Hadoop clusters. "Importantly, Nutch remains easy to customize thanks to its plugin architecture," explained Nioche. Its highly modular architecture allows developers to create plug-ins for document parsing, ranking and indexing.

"We use Nutch 2.0 for crawling at web scale because it is flexible, well maintained and scales with Hadoop. Crawling the Web in a robust, scalable and polite way may seem easy in theory. But in practice, it's not that simple," said Mathijs Homminga, CTO of Kalooga. "The Web is a wilderness and taming it requires knowledge and expertise on different levels. That's why we initially chose Nutch: it runs out of the box and contains the results of many, many, many, lessons-learned. It gave us a head start with crawling. But Nutch is not just a tool; Nutch is a flexible crawling framework which we can extend and modify to our needs."

Nutch v2.0 offers users an edition focused on large-scale crawling that builds on storage abstraction (via Apache Gora™) for big data stores such as Apache Accumulo™, Apache Avro™, Apache Cassandra™, Apache HBase™, Apache HDFS™ (Hadoop Distributed File System), an in-memory data store, and various high profile SQL stores.

"Our work on Nutch 2.0 gave birth to Apache Gora in the process, which it uses as an abstraction over the storage backends," added Nioche. "This enhanced architecture makes Nutch not only more efficient but also easier to integrate with external tools while still solving a large range of use cases ranging from single servers setups to large-scale Internet crawlers hosted in the cloud."

"2.0 has long been a community effort and something we've been eagerly anticipating," said Chris A. Mattmann, Vice President of Apache Tika and Apache OODT. "Nutch 2.0's close integration with Tika, and in turn, Tika's integration downstream into Apache OODT will undoubtedly bring all of our communities closer together, and will assist in the big data challenges that those in our projects regularly see. Nutch 2.0 makes full use of the latest features from Apache Tika, including its parsing and content detection capabilities."

"The fact that Nutch is implemented on top of Hadoop is essential for us since it allows us to be scalable in storage and processing --have you ever tried to reparse a billion web pages in a day?" stated Homminga. "Kalooga currently uses Nutch 2.0 in production, with the HBase backend, on a 34-node Hadoop cluster. Our current collection holds around a billion web pages, growing a few hundred million per month. We run indexes on Solr and elasticsearch. Kalooga offers a visual relevance service for online publishers and Nutch is an essential part of our technology stack."

"Nutch v2.0 is particularly exciting as it catches up with Apache projects like HBase, Cassandra, and Accumulo," added Nioche. "The community's response to the earlier versions of v2.0 has been very encouraging and we hope to see more and more people getting involved."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Nutch software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project’s day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Nutch source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://nutch.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Nutch", "Apache Nutch", "Accumulo", "Apache Accumulo", "Avro", "Apache Avro", "Cassandra", "Apache Cassandra", "Gora", "Apache Gora", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "HBase", "Apache HBase", "HDFS", Apache HDFS", "Solr", "Apache Solr", "Tika", "Apache Tika", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Thursday Jun 21, 2012

MEDIA ALERT: The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Traffic Server v3.2

Highly-Performant Cloud Computing Service Serves Dynamic Content, Billions of Objects, and Terrabytes of Data for Large-Scale Deployments in Use at Akamai, Comcast, GoDaddy, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, and More.

WHO: The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Recognized as one of the most compelling communities in Open Source for shepherding, developing, and incubating innovations "The Apache Way", the ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code overseen by an all-volunteer community across six continents. Apache technologies power more than half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers.

WHAT: Apache Traffic Server v3.2.0, the Cloud Computing "edge" service able to handle requests in and out of the Cloud by a) serving static content (images, JavaScript, CSS, and HTML files), and b) routing requests for dynamic content to a Web server (such as the Apache HTTP Server). V3.2.0 is the Project's latest stable release. Key highlights include:

- Over 800 commits, and 300 JIRA tickets closed since v3.0.
- Several SSL improvements, including SNI (Server Name Indication) and NPN (Next Protocol Negotiation). Overall SSL stability is also improved.
- Full IPv6 support, v3.0 only had client side IPv6. All IP related plugin APIs are now also IPv6 aware.
- New, flexible configurations for managing inbound and outgoing IP addresses and ports. You can now bind any number, and combinations, of addresses and ports for both HTTP and HTTPS.
- Range request for large objects in cache are now much (*much*) faster.
- Several new, and improved, plugin APIs are now available.
- Performance and stability improvements in the Cluster Cache feature.
- Much better performance when proxying to a Keep-Alive HTTP backend server connection. Overall cache performance is also significantly better.
- Several stable plugins are now included with the core distributions.
- Supports all gcc versions 4.1.2 and higher, Clang / LLVM 3, and the Intel compiler suite.

Apache Traffic Server software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For more information, including documentation, mailing lists, and related resources, please visit http://trafficserver.apache.org/.

WHERE: Download Apache Traffic Server v3.2.0 at http://trafficserver.apache.org/downloads.

ABOUT THE APACHE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION (ASF): Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Traffic Server", "Apache Traffic Server", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Wednesday May 16, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Unprecedented Growth During First Quarter of 2012

Demand for best-in-class Open Source solutions drives landmark achievements

Forest Hill, MD -–16 May 2012-– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced key milestones achieved in the first quarter of 2012.

Recognized as one of the most compelling communities in Open Source for shepherding, developing, and incubating innovations "The Apache Way", the ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code overseen by an all-volunteer community across six continents. Apache technologies power more than half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers.

The record-setting first quarter marked new highs across an array of Apache initiatives, including Top-Level Projects, incubating innovations, sponsorship, individual and corporate contributions, and infrastructure. This unprecedented growth reinforces the broad-reaching success of the ASF's best-in-class software products, the power of the Apache brand, and its highly-emulated community development practices.

"Our landmark success can be attributed to Apache’s longstanding commitment to providing exceptional Open Source products, each with a stable codebase and an active community," said ASF President Jim Jagielski. "The ASF makes it easy for all contributors, regardless of any affiliations, to collaborate."

Top-Level Projects: the ASF's core activities [1] involve the development of its Top-Level Projects (TLPs), whose day-to-day activities are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to each project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. As of 2002, the process for establishing new TLPs has been through the Apache Incubator. On occasion, a sub-project of an existing TLP may graduate to become a new, standalone TLP.

New TLPs graduating from the Apache Incubator in Q1 2012 are Apache Accumulo, Apache BVal, Apache Empire-db, Apache Gora, Apache Lucy, Apache OpenNLP, Apache Rave, and Apache Sqoop. This brings the total of TLPs to 104, marking the first time more than 100 TLPs are in active development (the ASF has had 121 TLPs in total; 20 have been retired to the Apache Attic).

Apache projects span Cloud computing and "Big Data" to Search and Semantics to application frameworks and build tools, providing the ability to meet the strong demand for interoperable, adaptable, ubiquitous, and sustainable Open Source solutions. There have been 87 new TLP software releases since January 2012, with milestone releases from Apache Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Apache HTTP Server, and Apache TomEE.

After six years in development, Big Data powerhouse Apache Hadoop released v1.0 in January 2012, bolstering its popularity "as measured by substantial growth in client inquiries, dramatic rises in attendance at industry events, increasing financial investments, and the introduction of products from leading data management and data integration software vendors," according to Gartner Vice President Merv Adrian [2]. In addition, IDC’s Worldwide Hadoop-MapReduce Ecosystem Software Forecast [3] predicts market growth for Apache Hadoop and supporting Big Data products will exceed 60% annually.

The ASF's flagship project, the Apache HTTP Server, remains the world’s leading Web server, powering an all-time record of more than 425 million websites globally [4], and more than 500 community-developed modules to extend its functionality. In addition, the Apache HTTP Server celebrated its 17th Anniversary with the release of v2.4 in February 2012.

Apache Incubator: Open Source innovations intending to become fully-fledged Apache projects, including code donations from external organizations and existing external projects, must enter through the Apache Incubator [5]. Initiatives in development at the Apache Incubator –-known as "podlings"-- comprise both the project’s codebase and community. There were 19 new software releases from Apache Incubator podlings since January 2012.

A record 51 podlings are currently undergoing incubation, including Apache Bloodhound, Apache Cordova (formerly Callback), Apache Flex, Apache Giraph, and Apache Wave. Apache OpenOffice --the leading Open Source office productivity suite, and ASF’s first end-user-facing project-- successfully transitioned nearly 10 million lines of code in preparation for the release of OpenOffice v3.4, the first official Apache release under the auspices of The ASF. Apache OpenOffice v3.4 is now fully compliant under the Apache License v2, and was downloaded over 1 million times in its first week.

Over the past decade, 85 podlings have graduated from the Apache Incubator; 3 projects were retired, and 27 are considered dormant. New podlings in 2012 are Apache CloudStack, Apache DeviceMap, and Apache Syncope.

Sponsors: as a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, The ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals [6]. For the past six years, The ASF Sponsorship Program [7] has helped offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, marketing and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff. New sponsors in 2012 include Citrix (Platinum), GoDaddy (Silver), Huawei (Silver), and Twitter (Bronze). They join Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! at the Platinum level; AMD, Hortonworks, HP, and IBM at the Gold level; Basis Technology, Cloudera, Matt Mullenweg, PSW Group, and SpringSource at the Silver level; and AirPlus International, BlueNog, Digital Primates, FuseSource, Intuit, Liip AG, Lucid Imagination, Talend, Two Sigma Investments, and WANdisco at the Bronze level.

Apache Members and Committers: in 1999, the ASF incorporated with an inaugural membership of 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server. Additions to this core group grew with developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation. Some of these contributors were subsequently granted "Committer" status by the Membership [8], granting access to: commit (write) directly to the code repository, vote on community-related decisions, and propose an active user for Committership. Those Committers [9] that demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members. The meritocratic "Contributor-Committer-Member" approach is the central governing process [10] across the Apache ecosystem.

The ASF's 391 active Members (449 total elected; 55 emeritus, 3 deceased); will be voting in new ASF Members in the upcoming annual Members meeting. The Committership process is ongoing, with no formal nomination or election timeframe. There are currently 2,967 active Apache Committers.

Contributions: in order for a project to become hosted at Apache it has to be licensed to the ASF [11] with a grant or contributor agreement in order for the ASF to gain the necessary intellectual property rights for the development and distribution of its projects. Whist all contributors of ideas, code, or documentation to the ASF must sign a Contributor License Agreement (CLA), copyright remains with the contributor --a license for reuse is given to the Foundation.

- Individuals --a signed Individual CLA (ICLA) is required before an individual is given commit rights to an ASF project to clearly define the terms under which intellectual property has been contributed, and allow the project to be defended should there be a legal dispute regarding its software. 251 Individual CLAs have been signed in 2012 thus far; a total of 4,651 have been signed overall.

- Corporations/Institutions --organizations whose employees are assigned to work on Apache projects as part of an employment agreement may sign a Corporate CLA (CCLA) to contribute intellectual property via the corporation. In addition, every developer must also sign their own ICLA to cover any of their contributions as an individual that are not owned by the corporation signing the CCLA. Companies that have signed CCLAs include Cloudera, Facebook, Hortonworks, kippdata GmbH, LinkedIn, and SoundCloud. In 2012 thus far, 17 new Corporate CLAs have been signed, totaling 384 overall.

Software Grants: those individuals or corporations that donate a body of existing software or documentation to an Apache project needs to execute a formal Software Grant Agreement (SGA) with the ASF. Typically, this is done after negotiating approval with the ASF Incubator or one of the PMCs, as the ASF will not accept software without a viable community to support a collaborative project. 9 SGAs have been signed during Q1 2012, with 337 SGAs on file.

Community Relations: in addition to Apache Members and Committers, countless developers and users contribute to the growth of Apache-based activities across the Open Source landscape. Two of the ASF's outreach-oriented committees include Community Development [12], which handles initiatives such as Google Summer of Code (17 TLPs and 9 Podlings are currently mentoring 41 student projects); and Conference Planning [13], which oversees Apache-themed BarCamps and MeetUps, and ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference, trainings, and expo. 2012 marks the return of ApacheCon Europe, taking place late Fall in Germany.

Infrastructure: a distributed team on two continents comprising 10 rotating volunteers and 4 paid staff keep the ASF infrastructure [14] of roughly two dozen servers and more than 75 distinct hosts --accessed by millions of people across the globe-- running 24x7x365. The Apache Infrastructure team has released 99.96GB of artifacts so far this year.

"There's no stopping the interest in Apache-led projects --from the number of innovations in the Incubator, to best-in-breed solutions powering mission-critical applications, to the widespread popularity of the Apache License," added Jagielski. "The Apache community at-large is driving this momentum by providing code, documentation, bug reports, design feedback, testing, evangelizing, mentoring, and more. There’s always a way to contribute!"

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Apache ACE", "Apache Bloodhound", "Apache CloudStack", "Apache Cordova", "Apache Deltacloud", "Apache DeviceMap", "Apache Flex", "Apache Giraph", "Apache Hadoop", "Apache OpenOffice", "Apache Rave", "Apache Sqoop", "Apache Syncope", "Apache TomEE", "Apache Wave", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Resources:
[1] Foundation Overview - http://www.apache.org/foundation/
[2] Apache Hadoop v1.0 press release - http://blogs.apache.org/foundation/date/20120104
[3] IDC Worldwide Hadoop-MapReduce Ecosystem Software Forecast - http://www.idg.com/www/pr.nsf/ByID/MBEN-8U6JAG
[4] Netcraft May 2012 Web Server Survey - http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2012/05/02/may-2012-web-server-survey.html
[5] Apache Incubator - http://incubator.apache.org/
[6] List of ASF Sponsors - http://www.apache.org/foundation/thanks.html
[7] ASF Sponsorship Program - http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
[8] ASF Members - http://apache.org/foundation/members.html
[9] ASF Committer Index - http://people.apache.org/committer-index.html
[10] How the ASF Works - http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
[11] Apache Licenses, CLAs, and Software Grants - http://www.apache.org/licenses/
[12] Apache Community Development - http://community.apache.org/
[13] Apache Conferences Committee - http://www.apache.org/foundation/conferences.html
[14] Apache Infrastructure - http://www.apache.org/dev/infrastructure.html

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Monday Apr 30, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache TomEE™ v1.0

Easy to use, affordable, and over 300% faster, Open Source Java Enterprise Edition of popular Apache Tomcat application server ideally suited for Cloud environments

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache TomEE v1.0. Apache TomEE is the Java Enterprise Edition 6 Web Profile-Certified edition of Apache Tomcat, the world’s most popular Java application server software, with more than 70% market penetration within the enterprise.

A sub-project of Apache OpenEJB, TomEE adds Java EE features to the latest version of Apache Tomcat (v7.0.27; released 5 April 2012) in the simplest way possible. TomEE runs without any additional memory requirements, is compatible with most Tomcat-aware/tested tools and applications.

"Apache TomEE makes developing Java EE solutions easy and simple," said David Blevins, Vice President of Apache OpenEJB. "TomEE is the closest and shortest jump for anyone with a Tomcat stack using any number of Java EE technologies to finally move to a Java EE 6 Web Profile certified platform that offers great freedom in the Cloud."

According to the latest Gartner Group report on Cloud innovation in application platforms [1], "Through 2017, at least 70% of new Java EE applications will be deployed on an open-source Java application server…OSS application servers primarily (but not exclusively) from Apache…will continue to dominate small-scale Java EE deployments."

Coupling ongoing industry demand for Apache Tomcat-based solutions with the recent spike in Java EE use –particularly in Cloud environments– standards-based solutions play an increasingly important role in addressing concerns with vendor lock-in. Apache TomEE provides a new choice for the millions of developers [2] wanting a standards-based solution for the Cloud while retaining Tomcat, and is especially performant in very tiny machines.

Fast, Affordable, Simple.
Apache TomEE combines several Java enterprise projects including Apache OpenEJB, Apache OpenWebBeans, Apache OpenJPA, Apache MyFaces, among others, and obtained its Java EE 6 Web Profile certification on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in October 2011. 

"For I Like Places, Enterprise Java was a big bet, mainly because the servers alone can kill a startup due to the costs they incur. Added to this is the learning curve involved with Java EE," said Ravindranath Akila, Founder of Adimpression. "The irony is that none of these mattered because of Apache TomEE: it is so lightweight, lightning fast, and loves the Cloud. We’re absolute fans!"

The Project's commitment to enhancing production quality includes low memory footprint and extensive performance improvements on large applications, yielding 100-300+% faster startup times over earlier versions:

- Railo 3.3 Custom (44mb WAR): 21.3% of beta2 startup time (369% faster)
- Lift/Scala sample app (23mb WAR): 43.8% of beta2 startup time (128% faster)
- Confluence 3.5.5 (149mb unpacked): 37.6% of beta2 startup time (166% faster)

"We have been working closely with Apache TomEE over the last few months in preparation of becoming the first TomEE hosting provider on our 100% Java cloud platform. We are pleased to expand our offering to include TomEE, whose low overhead offers a more affordable option than other JavaEE app servers," said Neale Rudd, Director of Metawerx. "So far we've seen performance improvements over 3x in application startup times and a series of code changes that confirm their pledge to being a lean, 100% Java EE 6 certified container while coping with the extra burden of a ‘do-no-harm’ promise in regards to running standard Tomcat apps. Congratulations on v1.0!"

"The strength of TomEE is the sum of its community members --the value in feedback provided by an ISP that supports many applications is immeasurable. We appreciate the excellent testing feedback received from Metawerx and encourage other Apache Tomcat hosting facilities to work with us as they add TomEE to their lineup," added Blevins. "TomEE is a natural fit for Tomcat-focused ISPs as they now have a Java EE option that naturally fits with their existing infrastructure." The Project invites any ISPs seeking to expand their services by including TomEE to email the developer list at <dev@openejb.apache.org> for more information.

Availability and Oversight
Apache TomEE software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project’s day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache TomEE source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://openejb.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Apache TomEE", "TomEE", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

[1] Gartner Group --"Predicts 2012: Cloud and In-Memory Drive Innovation in Application Platforms" http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-19EDYKH&ct=120222&st=sg#h-d2e136

[2] http://wiki.apache.org/tomcat/PoweredBy

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Tuesday Apr 24, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Cassandra™ v1.1

High-performance, fault-tolerant Open Source "Big Data"  powerhouse scales petabytes of data at Adobe, Cisco, IBM, Morningstar, Netflix, PBS, Rackspace, Twitter, US Government, and more. 

Forest Hill, MD –24 April 2012– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Cassandra v1.1. The highly-scalable, distributed database quickly and reliably handles massive data sets across community machines, large server clusters, and data centers without compromising performance –whether running in the Cloud or partially on-premise in a hybrid data store.

"Apache Cassandra is the leading scalable NoSQL database in terms of production installations --the 1.0 release was a huge milestone," said Jonathan Ellis, Vice President of Apache Cassandra. "v1.1 improves on that foundation with many features and enhancements that developers and administrators have been asking for."

Apache Cassandra is rapidly garnering accolades as a best of breed "NoSQL" solution for its ease of use, powerful data model, enterprise-grade reliability, tunable performance, and incremental scalability with no single point of failure. Super-efficient, Cassandra accommodates high query volumes at exceptional speed (sub-millisecond writes) with low latency, and handles petabytes of data across formats and applications in real time.

Apache Cassandra v1.1 features improved caching, revised query language (CQL –Cassandra Query Language– a subset of SQL), storage control, schema/structure, Hadoop integration/output, data directory control, and scalability.

Successfully handling thousands of requests per second, Apache Cassandra is deployed at Adobe, Appscale, Appssavvy, Backupify, Cisco, Clearspring, Cloudtalk, Constant Contact, Digg, Digital River, Formspring, IBM, Mahalo.com, Morningstar, Netflix, Openwave, OpenX, Palantir, PBS, Plaxo, Rackspace, Reddit, RockYou, Shazam, SimpleGeo, Spotify, Twitter, Urban Airship, US Government, Walmart Labs, Yakaz, and more.

The largest Cassandra production cluster to date exceeds 300 terabytes of data over 400 machines.

"The v1.1 release shows how rapidly Apache Cassandra has matured. The focus has clearly shifted to usability which is the sign of a solid system. I look forward to getting it into production right away," said Patrick McFadin, Chief Architect of Hobsons. "With features like Row-level isolation and Composite keys, Apache Cassandra v1.1 is really addressing user driven needs with innovative solutions. Well done to all contributors for making this a great release."

Jeffrey Abbruzzi, Director of eCommerce Engineering and Operations at Williams-Sonoma, added, "In Apache Cassandra, the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. eCommerce team has found a platform that addresses fundamental challenges we faced in modernizing the foundation of our gift registry systems: the need for top-flight performance, fast and reliable replication among geographically distributed nodes, and lack of any single point of failure. We're excited about the release and how it can help us continue to evolve the world-class websites of our Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, PBTeen, Pottery Barn Kids, and West Elm brands."

"We applaud the continued hard work of all of the contributors to the Apache Cassandra project, who continue to make Cassandra the most scalable, easy-to-use, high-performance NoSQL solution available," said Robin Schumacher, VP of Products for DataStax. "We look forward to including Cassandra v1.1, with all the improvements it brings, into the next version of our DataStax Community Edition, as well as upcoming versions of our DataStax Enterprise Edition."

Cassandra entered the Apache Incubator in 2009, and graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project (TLP) in February 2010. Apache Cassandra v1.0 was released in October 2011.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Cassandra software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a Project Management Committee (PMC) that guides the Project's day-to-day operations, community development, and product releases. Apache Cassandra source code, downloads, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://cassandra.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Apache Cassandra", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday Apr 03, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Citrix as its Newest Sponsor

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) welcomes Citrix to the roster of sponsors at the Platinum level.

"We are pleased to welcome Citrix to our individual and corporate sponsors whose generosity helps advance the day-to-day operations of The Apache Software Foundation," said ASF Chairman Doug Cutting. "This support helps us successfully shepherd more than 100 top-level projects, incubate dozens of open source innovations, broaden community outreach, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers The Apache Way."

Citrix joins the following Sponsors: Platinum level --Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Gold level --AMD, Hortonworks, HP, and IBM; Silver level --Basis Technology, Cloudera, Matt Mullenweg, PSW GROUP, and SpringSource; Bronze level --AirPlus International, BlueNog, Digital Primates, FuseSource, Intuit, Joost, Liip AG SA Ltd, Lucid Imagination, Talend, Two Sigma Investments, and WANdisco.

For more information on becoming a Sponsor of the ASF, please see http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html

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Monday Apr 02, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Sqoop as a Top-Level Project

Open Source big data tool used for efficient bulk transfer between Apache Hadoop and structured datastores.

Forest Hill, MD --The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache Sqoop has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the Project’s community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Designed to efficiently transfer bulk data between Apache Hadoop and structured datastores such as relational databases, Apache Sqoop allows the import of data from external datastores and enterprise data warehouses into Hadoop Distributed File System or related systems like Apache Hive and HBase.

"The Sqoop Project has demonstrated its maturity by graduating from the Apache Incubator," explained Arvind Prabhakar, Vice President of Apache Sqoop. "With jobs transferring data on the order of billions of rows, Sqoop is proving its value as a critical component of production environments."

Building on the Hadoop infrastructure, Sqoop parallelizes data transfer for fast performance and best utilization of system and network resources. In addition, Sqoop allows fast copying of data from external systems to Hadoop to make data analysis more efficient and mitigates the risk of excessive load to external systems. 

"Connectivity to other databases and warehouses is a critical component for the evolution of Hadoop as an enterprise solution, and that's where Sqoop plays a very important role" said Deepak Reddy, Hadoop Manager at Coupons.com. "We use Sqoop extensively to store and exchange data between Hadoop and other warehouses like Netezza. The power of Sqoop also comes in the ability to write free-form queries against structured databases and pull that data into Hadoop."

"Sqoop has been an integral part of our production data pipeline" said Bohan Chen, Director of the Hadoop Development and Operations team at Apollo Group. "It provides a reliable and scalable way to import data from relational databases and export the aggregation results to relational databases."

Since entering the Apache Incubator in June 2011, Sqoop was quickly embraced as an ideal SQL-to-Hadoop data transfer solution. The Project provides connectors for popular systems such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server and DB2, and also allows for the development of drop-in connectors that provide high speed connectivity with specialized systems like enterprise data warehouses.

Craig Ling, Director of Business Systems at Tsavo Media, said "We adopted the use of Sqoop to transfer data into and out of Hadoop with our other systems over a year ago. It is straight forward and easy to use, which has opened the door to allow team members to start consuming data autonomously, maximizing the analytical value of our data repositories."

Availability and Oversight

Apache Sqoop software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Sqoop source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://sqoop.apache.org/. A timeline of the project's history through graduation from the Apache Incubator is also available.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Apache Sqoop", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Rave as a Top-Level Project

Open Source mashup platform provides easy-to-use infrastructure for building and integrating with social media standards including Activity Streams, OpenSocial, W3C Widgets, and more. 

Forest Hill, MD -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache Rave has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Rave is an Open Source software mashup platform that allows developers to build and engage with an array of social network technologies such as OpenSocial, Activity Streams, and W3C Widgets. Rave's lightweight and extensible approach to robust personalization and collaboration capabilities supports a simple model for integration across other platforms, services and solutions.

"Internet social platforms, such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter have shaped the expectations of today's users; creating an onslaught of demand for pervasive social integration within both consumer and enterprise applications," said Matthew B. Franklin, Vice President of Apache Rave and Lead Software Engineer at The MITRE Corporation. "Developers today are constantly faced with the need to deliver low-cost, scalable, modularized applications with deep-rooted social capabilities. Apache Rave is the first open source project chartered to deliver a lightweight, flexible, widget-based platform to meet these demands."

Apache Rave bundles the efforts of several independent Open Source initiatives that address similar functionality and requirements into a single, enterprise-grade platform that easily scales across federated application integrations, social intranets, and multi-channel social communities with enhanced personalization and customized content delivery.

Developed on open standards, Apache Rave is collaboratively supported by individuals from a wide range of corporations, non-commercial organizations, and institutes from around the world. Seeded by code donations from The MITRE Corporation, Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, SURFnet, OSS Watch, Hippo, and numerous individual developers; interest in Apache Rave continues, and the Project welcomes new participants to its growing community.

"Apache Rave takes the good bits from traditional Portals, leaves out whatever made them so heavy-weight and adds modern web technologies like OpenSocial, Widgets, Social Networking, Mobile delivery and Content Services. Rave has already proven to be a platform not to be underestimated. Hippo is proud to be an initiator and participant of this project, and plans to make Rave an integral part of its context-aware content delivery platform", said Ate Douma, Apache Rave incubating Champion and Chief Architect for open-source CMS vendor Hippo.

"The Apache Rave project delivers a perfect platform for our personalized University Portal. Together with SURFnet we hope to develop, integrate and use all possible OpenSocial aspects to benefit our Academic community to the fullest," said Sander Liemberg, Project Manager at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

"As participants in Apache Rave, we are very interested in applying its capabilities to managing scientific collaborations and access to computing resources. Rave is also interesting because of its capacity to be extended by developers: Rave provides a packaged, out-of-the box experience, but we are also trying to ensure it is can also serve as a starting point for developers who wish to extend its capabilities," said Marlon Pierce, Science Gateway Group Lead at Indiana University and Apache Rave PMC Member. "In particular, we at Indiana University are taking the specialized requirements of the National Science Foundation XSEDE Science Gateway program."

Since entering the Apache Incubator in March 2011, the Apache Rave project has successfully produced several code releases in preparation of its first production-ready, v1.0 release. In addition, Apache Rave recently received an honorable mention in the 2011 Open Source Rookies of the Year awards.

"We are pleased to have been a founding member of the Apache Rave community and are excited for the future of the project. Rave will be a cornerstone capability for our internal and external users, and we look forward to the continued collaboration and co-development with the community," said Joel Jacobs, Chief Information Officer, The MITRE Corporation.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Rave software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache Rave source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://rave.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache", "Apache Rave", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Monday Feb 27, 2012

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache ACE as a Top-Level Project

Open Source OSGi software distribution framework especially suited for the Cloud and embedded computing markets

Forest Hill, MD – 27 February 2012 – The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache ACE has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache ACE is a software distribution framework for managing and distributing modular software components, configuration data, and other artifacts to OSGi-based and related target systems.

Comprising a set of OSGi bundles, Apache ACE allows developers to easily manage the dependencies, deployment, and feedback of installed software components. This proves particularly useful when scaling across embedded and Cloud computing applications by covering the area of deploying and dynamically scaling applications in the cloud, as well as mobile platforms that would utilize ACE to create their own market or application store.

Using Apache ACE, updates and new components can be easily distributed while keeping a full history of what was installed where and during what period. In addition, ACE helps developers set up an automated development, QA/testing, staging, and production environment.
Initially donated to the Apache Incubator in 2009 by software solutions provider Luminis, a diverse and international group of developers joined the initial developers of the ACE code base to successfully form the Apache ACE community.

"We are excited that ACE has successfully graduated as a Top-Level Project," said Marcel Offermans, Vice President of Apache ACE and Fellow at Luminis. "Developing projects 'The Apache Way' stimulates widespread cooperation with individuals that each bring their specific knowledge to the project. Diversity is key -- the community is evolving the project in new and interesting ways, leveraging the collective expertise."

Availability and Oversight
Apache ACE software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. Apache ACE source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://ace.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

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