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Friday Aug 28, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 28 August 2015

It's been quite a productive week within the Apache community! Here's what we've been up to:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Countdown to the events! Register for Apache: Big Data 28-30 September and ApacheCon: Core Europe 1-2 October in Budapest http://s.apache.org/eg4

ASF Operations –the day-to-day Foundation-wide activities that support Apache projects and the overall ASF mission.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (May-July 2015) http://s.apache.org/c2P

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 16 September. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 6 *Million* weekly checks yielded a stellar 99.94% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ +NEW check against service level agreements http://status.apache.org/sla/

Apache Attic™ –provides process and solutions to make it clear when an Apache project has reached its end of life.
 - Apache DirectMemory retired http://attic.apache.org/projects/directmemory.html

Apache CloudStack™ –the mature, turnkey Open Source cloud computing software platform used for creating private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.
 - Apache CloudStack 4.5.2 and CloudMonkey 5.3.2 released http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Commons™ CSV –library that provides a simple interface for reading and writing CSV (Comma Separated Value) files of various types.
 - Apache Commons CSV 1.2 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-csv/

Apache Ignite™ –Open Source in-memory "Fast Data" platform processes large-scale data sets in real-time, at orders of magnitude faster than traditional technologies.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Ignite as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/V6H

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully conforming implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API (JCR).
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.4 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lens™ –Open Source Big Data platform seamlessly enables unified, multi-dimensional queries across multiple data stores.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Lens™ as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/ACl

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 5.3.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/java/5.3.0

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, open source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 5.3.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.64 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.26 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache UIMA™ Ruta –a rule-based script language supported by Eclipse-based tooling.
 - Apache UIMA Ruta 2.3.1 released http://uima.apache.org/ruta.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF's combined Infrastructure services today served 2,069,367 'absolute unique users' (unique IPs)? http://status.apache.org/
 - Did you know that Hotels.com's Corc uses the Cascading scheme for reading and writing files in the Apache ORC file format? https://orc.apache.org/
 - Did you know that you can support The ASF by shopping on Amazon? http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0825376


Apache Community Notices:

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The Big Data Innovation conference will feature an "Apache Innovation" track 9-10 September in Boston http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2015/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - The next Lucene/Solr Revolution will be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 6-8 February 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: May-July 2015

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY
First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (May-July 2015)

"ASF is now the go to governance organisation for West Coast code, and the Web Companies there are building a ton of interesting stuff. Apache may seem boring and consensual but those are often virtues when creating standards… clearly they have plenty of runway ahead of them." –James Governor, Analyst and Co-founder, RedMonk


> President's Statement:
This quarter has been another one of growth for the Foundation. We've accepted new projects into the Incubator, graduated projects out of the Incubator and as Top-Level Projects. Our operations teams have continued to expand their responsibilities and streamline processes in order to help ensure that our volunteers within our projects can focus on code development. One important step taken in this last month is to move some of our contractors to a Professional Employment Organization. This ensures that the Foundation's relationship with its staff is further strengthened and that our volunteers in operational roles are able to focus more key strategic issues while staff ensure day to day operations are well cared for.

Our Infrastructure team, despite the ongoing effort to address technical debt, have met their SLAs (Service Level Agreements) for all services in this quarter. The team have automated the collection and publishing of their performance against these SLAs. This data is published at http://status.apache.org/sla/ It is noticeable, in these graphs, that uptime for most services is improving as the team complete work on upgrading our infrastructure. This is a direct result of an increased Foundational budget for the Infrastructure team.

Planning for our Europe conference in Budapest in September/October is now complete. This year we have split the conference into Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Core. The Core event follows a similar structure to the traditional ApacheCon events, spanning all Apache communities. This is a great opportunity to learn about The Foundation, The Apache Way and the breadth of our communities' work. Apache: Big Data is a more focused event which showcases Apache projects that are leading Big Data movement. The two events are in the same location and for a natural complement to one another. We look forward to a very successful event. In particular we look forward to welcoming those joining us through our Travel Assistance Committee (representatives from Korea, France, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Australia, Netherlands, India, Denmark, China, Toronto and France). Planning for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core North America in Vancouver, Canada May 9-13th is now well underway.

From a budget perspective, the Foundation remains in good health. As always, more sponsors will enable us to do more for our projects. However, we are currently maintaining a healthy cash reserve while increasing spending in a controlled way to strengthen the foundations operational aspects as described. In this quarter we have welcomed a number of new sponsors to the fold. As always these sponsors recognize the importance of The Apache Software Foundation as a vendor-neutral location for software collaboration. We continue to be grateful to our sponsors who willingly donate to the foundation with "no strings attached" in order to ensure that we can maintain our neutrality.

> Open Innovation: Five new projects entered the Apache Incubator: Atlas (Big Data), CMDA - Climate Model Diagnostic Analyzer (Web Services/Data Analytics), Cotton (Database Framework), FreeMarker (Java Template Engine), and Trafodion (Big Data). Apache NiFi (Cloud Computing) graduated from the Incubator as a Apache Top-Level Project.

In addition, whilst outside the official reporting time period, it is important to highlight Apache Zest (Composite Oriented Programming) for becoming the first project to enter the ASF as a pTLP –provisional Top-Level Project– without entering the Apache Incubator. As part of its eligibility, Apache Zest had to meet the rigorous requirements of the Apache Maturity Model http://s.apache.org/O4p , which addresses the integrity of a project's code, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, and independence, among other qualities. Apache Zest became an official ASF Top-Level Project in March 2015.

To provide developers and users with in-depth information on all projects under the Apache umbrella, the ASF Infrastructure team redesigned the Apache Projects page https://projects.apache.org/projects.html, which offers extensive details on the projects themselves, their Committers, and many more interesting and relevant facts throughout the ASF's history.

> Infrastructure: During this quarter, in addition to the managing ongoing operations and routine requests, and driving forward our primary objectives. Infrastructure has most heavily focused on improving monitoring and reporting, and made significant strides in that objective.

Logging: We've moved from a very early proof of concept to deploying a production instances of centralized log management. Our dashboard allows us to quickly find visualize issues and trends across all of our infrastructure that used to require connecting to multiple machines and parsing log files individually. This has already made us much more efficient and given us much easier insight.

Monitoring: We've had great service availability and hardware fault monitoring for over a year, but during this quarter, we've done our initial deployment of server and application monitoring. This allows us to gain deeper introspection into how our services and hardware are performing.

Reporting: We've been maintaining a status site (http://status.apache.org) for a while to give our project communities information on upcoming maintenance periods or unplanned outages. That has been very useful, but we also wanted to give insight and transparency into how infrastructure is delivering on its self-imposed Service Level Expectations, and to that end, we now publish that, in real time for folks to consume at: http://status.apache.org/sla

Of course, the day to day requests and activity are ongoing as well - notably during this quarter we eclipsed more than 10,000 requests for service in Infrastructure's Jira tracker, and we have now closed more than 10,000 requests. 494 requests were closed during the quarter.

Last year, we spent time focusing on improving our build services (Buildbot and Jenkins). We added on-demand slave provisioning, docker container slave deployment, and focused on improving the reliability of the services. This quarter has seen a dramatic uptick in demand for those services, with about 200 percent more jobs being deployed. 

Finally, we did suffer a security issue on one of our build machines that involved a compromised committer account. The machine in question wasn't used to actually build software. The account compromised was a non-privileged account, and there's no evidence of escalation of privileges. Out of an abundance of caution we rebuilt the machine from scratch as it was already on the list of hardware to be replaced this year. You can read more details here: https://blogs.apache.org/infra/entry/buildbot_master_currently_off_line

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> Financial Statement:

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> Fundraising: The ASF benefits from the continued support for our sponsors. In addition to sponsors renewing their commitment for another year, we also now have RedHat Software on board. We are currently enjoying the support of the following sponsors:

- 8 Platinum Sponsors: Facebook, Cloudera, Matt Mullenweg, Pivotal, Citrix, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google
- 6 Gold Sponsors: IBM, Comcast, Hewlett Packard, Bloomberg, Hortonworks, and PhoenixNAP
- 9 Silver Sponsors: Budget Direct, Serenata Flowers, Produban, iSIGMA, WanDisco, InMotion Hosting, Huawei, Red Hat Software, and Cerner
- 7 Bronze Sponsors: Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Basis Technology, Samsung, Twitter, Accor, and Talend
- 11 Infrastructure Sponsors: OSU Open Source Labs, No-IP, Symantec, Rackspace, Ping My Box, PagerDuty, Bintray, SURFnet, Sonatype, Freie Universitat Berlin, and HotWax Systems

Our VPs of Fundraising continued our outreach activities and maintain a open communication channels with our sponsors. Part of it are publishing quarterly reports like this one in collaboration with our VP of Marketing and Publicity. We are involved in active conversations with a number of potential sponsors who are very supportive of the ASF efforts.

Fundraising is a very important activity for the ASF, because the generosity of our sponsors is effectively what ensures the ability of the ASF to operate and grow. We want to use this opportunity to express again our gratitude.

For more information, subscribe to the announce@apache.org mailing list and visit http://www.apache.org/, the ASF Blog at http://blogs.apache.org/, and the @TheASF feed on Twitter.

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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity
(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2015

Wednesday Aug 26, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Lens™ as a Top-Level Project

Open Source Big Data platform seamlessly enables unified, multi-dimensional queries across multiple data stores.

Forest Hill, MD –26 August 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ Lens™ 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 Lens is a Unified Analytics platform. It provides an optimal execution environment for analytical queries in the unified view. Apache Lens aims to cut the Data Analytics silos by providing a single view of data across multiple tiered data stores.

"Incubating Apache Lens has been an amazing experience at the ASF," said Amareshwari Sriramadasu, Vice President of Apache Lens. "Apache Lens solves a very critical problem in Big Data analytics space with respect to end users. It enables business users, analysts, data scientists, developers and other users to do complex analysis with ease, without knowing the underlying data layout."

"Apache Lens is a fantastic project that enables simplified access to Big Data analytics," said Sharad Agarwal, member of the Apache Lens PMC. "I am very proud and thrilled to see it graduate as a Top-Level Apache project, and, being involved with the project since its inception, it's exciting to see its community grow."

By providing an online analytical processing (OLAP) model on top of data, Lens seamlessly integrates Apache Hadoop with traditional data warehouses to appear as one. It also provides query history and statistics for queries running in the system along with query life cycle management.

"The query service for our data platform is built on top of Apache Lens," said Gaurav Bhalotia, Vice President of Data Platform at Flipkart. "Lens gives us a powerful and simple abstraction to query data consistently across tiers and storage stacks. We at Flipkart are very excited to see it added as a Top-Level Apache project."

"I am really thrilled to see Lens graduating so soon after getting incubated in ASF," said Mohit Saxena, Founder and CTO of InMobi. "Lens is really a perfect example how technology can be leveraged to remove complexity of traditional analytical platforms and provide a simple abstraction for end user. Earlier our reporting and data retrieval system were married to a compute and even storage engine and user had to juggle for results, Hence the need of something like Lens arises and I am so proud that lens has solved a big problem where user can simply use one query layer at the top while lens does all heavy lifting below it and I simply hope this is just the beginning and it will only thrive with the help of vibrant Apache community. God speed."

"Apache Lens has been a truly stellar example of what an incubating project should be," said Jakob Homan, ASF Member and Apache Lens Project Mentor. "It's grown very quickly and will be a tremendously useful part of the Apache Big Data ecosystem."

Catch Apache Lens in action at Apache: Big Data Europe on 29 September 2015 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/

Availability and Oversight
Apache Lens 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 downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Lens, visit http://lens.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheLens

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1) ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "Lens", "Apache Lens", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday Aug 25, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Ignite™ as a Top-Level Project

Fortune 500 enterprises adopt Open Source in-memory "Fast Data" platform to process large-scale data sets in real-time, at orders of magnitude faster than traditional technologies.

Forest Hill, MD –25 August 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ Ignite™ 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 Ignite is a high-performance, integrated and distributed In-Memory Data Fabric for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time, orders of magnitude faster than possible with traditional disk-based or flash technologies. It is designed to easily power both existing and new applications in a distributed, massively parallel architecture on affordable, industry-standard hardware.

"Apache Ignite addresses today's Fast Data needs by providing a comprehensive in-memory data fabric, which includes a data grid with SQL and transactional capabilities, in-memory streaming, an in-memory file system, and more," said Dmitriy Setrakyan, Vice President of the Apache Ignite project and co-founder of GridGain Systems. 

Unlike other Big Data processing solutions, Apache Ignite is an in-memory computing (IMC) system, where RAM is treated as a primary storage facility (as opposed to being used exclusively for processing). As such, Ignite's memory-first approach is more efficient and faster: with improved system indexes, reduced data fetch time, and no delays in a stream content processing, among other benefits.

"Apache Ignite leverages and integrates a host of Apache projects to solve real-time business issues, including Spark, Hadoop, YARN and Mesos," said Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, Apache Ignite Project Management Committee Mentor and Vice President of Open Source Development at WANdisco. "It's exciting that it is graduating to a top-level project. We look forward to working further with the Apache Ignite community to make more enhancements that will benefit customers with real-time requirements and the need for highest performance and scale from their applications. "

"As the speed of memory continues to outpace the capabilities of even the highest performing disks, the importance of managing large pools of RAM at scale increases," said Roman Shaposhnik, Apache Ignite Mentor, and Director of Open Source at Pivotal. "It is essential to innovate at the same pace and the Apache Ignite community is certainly innovative. The enthusiasm in the area of in-memory computing is unmistakable, and the ASF is where important advances happen. It is exciting to see the work of Apache communities advancing the state of Fast Data with projects such as Apache Ignite, Spark, Geode and Flink."

Apache Ignite meets the growing trend for many enterprises seeking to adopt in-memory computing and replace hard drives as their primary storage system, where speed, superior caching, and strong consistency are key concerns. Ignite's ability to reduce latencies and increase application performance bridges Big Data with 'Fast Data' –bringing highly consistent computation and transactions on large data sets in real time. Additionally, Ignite's flexible programming model means it can be run from anywhere –whether a laptop, a commodity cluster, or a supercomputer– with APIs available for Java, Scala, C++, and .NET/C#. 

"Apache Ignite is a maverick of distributed computing," said Raul Kripalani, member of the Apache Camel Project Management Committee, and Integration/Messaging/Big Data Consultant and Engineer. "Rather than focusing on a single goal, it harnesses the power of multiple JVMs to offer services that no modern application can do without, such as caching, streaming and workload distribution. The team is talented, the documentation is superb and the technology has lots of potential."

"Having been with the project from its inception, I am very excited to see our community rapidly grow and build one of the most scalable, performant, and battle tested in-memory data processing platforms on the market today," added Setrakyan.

Catch Apache Ignite in action at Apache: Big Data Europe on 28-30 September 2015 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/ In addition, members of the Apache Ignite community will be present at the Big Data Innovation Summit (9-10 September/Boston), Strata Hadoop World (29 September–1 October/New York), and JavaOne (25-29 October/San Francisco).

Availability and Oversight
Apache Ignite 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 downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Ignite, visit http://ignite.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheIgnite

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1) ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Flink", "Apache Flink", "Geode", "Apache Geode", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "Hadoop YARN", "Apache Hadoop YARN", "Ignite", "Apache Ignite", "Mesos", "Apache Mesos", "Spark", "Apache Spark", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Friday Aug 21, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 21 August 2015

Here's what the Apache community has been working on over the past week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Register for Apache: Big Data 28-30 September and ApacheCon: Core Europe 1-2 October in Budapest http://s.apache.org/eg4

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 16 September. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 35,000+ weekly infrastructure checks yielded an exemplary 99.89% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/

Apache Bigtop™ –a project for the development of packaging and tests of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
 - Apache Bigtop 1.0.0 released http://www.apache.org/dist/bigtop/bigtop-1.0.0/repos/

Apache Commons™ Compress –defines a Java API for working with ar, cpio, tar, zip, 7z, arj, dump, gzip, pack200, bzip2, lzma, snappy, Z, xz and deflate files.
 - Apache Commons Compress 1.10 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-compress/download_compress.cgi

Apache Directory™ Mavibot –a MVCC B-tree implementation in Java.
 - Apache Mavibot 1.0.0-M8 released http://directory.apache.org/mavibot/downloads.html

Apache Empire-db™ –a lightweight data access and persistence component for relational databases based on JDBC.
 - Apache Empire-db 2.4.4 released http://empire-db.apache.org/downloads/latest.htm

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully conforming implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API (JCR).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.11.0 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.3.4 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat Connectors 1.2.41 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-connectors.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can support The ASF by shopping on Amazon? http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-0825376

 - Did you know that from Anakia to Zest, there are more Apache projects (92!) in the Library category than any other? https://projects.apache.org/projects.html?category

 - Did you know that the Stanford Libraries use Apache Solr for indexing and managing their 17 libraries, ~9M volumes, and Academic Computing Services? http://lucene.apache.org/solr/


Apache Community Notices:

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The second annual MesosCon wraps up on 21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - The Big Data Innovation conference will feature an "Apache Innovation" track 9-10 September in Boston http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2015/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - The next Lucene/Solr Revolution will be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 6-8 February 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Aug 14, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 14 August 2015

We're always smiling at Apache! Here's what happened across the Foundation over the past week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Registration open for Apache: Big Data 28-30 September and ApacheCon: Core Europe 1-2 October in Budapest http://s.apache.org/eg4

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 19 August. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 35,000+ weekly infrastructure checks yielded a grand 99.82% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/

Apache Allura™ –an Open Source implementation of a software forge, a Web site that manages source code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, blogs, and more for any number of individual projects.
 - Apache Allura 1.3.1 released http://allura.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ DBCP –Open Source software library implements database connection pooling.
 - Apache Commons DBCP 2.1.1 released http://commons.apache.org/dbcp/download_dbcp.cgi

Apache Libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple Cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache Libcloud 0.18.0 released http://libcloud.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache OpenWebBeans™ –a CDI container (Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java) and targets the CDI-1.2 specification (JavaEE 7).
 - Apache OpenWebBeans-1.6.2 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/openwebbeans/1.6.2/

Apache Stratos™ –a highly-extensible Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) framework that helps run Apache Tomcat, PHP, and MySQL applications that can be extended to support many more environments on all major Cloud infrastructures.
 - Apache Stratos 4.1.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/stratos

Apache Tika™ –a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser libraries.
 - Apache Tika 1.10 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/tika/apache-tika-1.10-src.zip

Apache UIMA™ –a component architecture and framework for the analysis of unstructured content like text, video and audio data.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDK 2.8.1 and Apache UIMA DUCC 2.0.0 released http://uima.apache.org/news.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache jUDDI is celebrating its 5th birthday at the ASF? Apache Any23, Apache Lucene.Net, and Apache Oozie are celebrating their 3rd birthday! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that United Airlines, Patagonia, and IEEE Computer Society use Apache OFBiz?

 - Did you know that the definitive Apache Community "how-to" guide can be found at http://community.apache.org/?


Apache Community Notices:

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

  - The Bay Area Apache Flink Meetup announces a 20% discount code and presentation on Apache Flink at the Big Data Scala By the Bay Conference on 17 August in Oakland http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/224213826/

 - Beta Test Apache Cassandra Certification will be held 17 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/DataStax-Cassandra-South-Bay-Users/events/224269417/

 - The second annual MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - The Big Data Innovation conference will feature an "Apache Innovation" track 9-10 September in Boston http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2015/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - The next Lucene/Solr Revolution will be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 6-8 February 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Aug 07, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 7 August 2015

With the Apache footprint covering 7 continents, we seemingly never break for holidays! Here's what happened over the past week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Registration open for Apache: Big Data 28-30 September and ApacheCon: Core Europe 1-2 October in Budapest http://s.apache.org/eg4

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 19 August. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 35,000+ weekly infrastructure checks yielded a fabulous 99.94% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ Pool –Open Source software library provides an object-pooling API and a number of object pool implementations.
 - Apache Commons Pool 2.4.2 released http://commons.apache.org/pool/download_pool.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.18 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Logging Services™ –producers of the most used Open Source logging framework ever.
 - Apache Logging Services Project Announces Log4j 1 End-Of-Life; Recommends Upgrade to Log4j 2 http://s.apache.org/Wzn

Apache Mahout™ –an Open Source environment for quickly creating machine learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance parallel computation engines available.
 - Apache Mahout 0.10.2 released http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.10.2/

Apache Stratos™ –a highly-extensible Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) framework that helps run Apache Tomcat, PHP, and MySQL applications that can be extended to support many more environments on all major Cloud infrastructures.
 - Apache Stratos 4.1.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/stratos

Apache Syncope™ – an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.5 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Zeppelin (Incubating) –a Web-based notebook that enables interactive data analytics with many different distributed computing back-end system support, to make data analytics more fun and enjoyable.
 - Apache Zeppelin 0.5.0-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/zeppelin/0.5.0-incubating

Apache Zest™ –Open Source Composite Oriented Programming platform and tools provides "New Energy For Java".
 - The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache™ Zest™ v2.1 http://s.apache.org/WMr


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache OpenOffice has exceeded 150 Million downloads? http://s.apache.org/a1R

 - Did you know that the Apache Roadshow is returning to Asia? See you in Beijing, China 12-14 September 2015!

 - Did you know that the definitive Apache Community "how-to" guide can be found at http://community.apache.org/?


Apache Community Notices:

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The Istanbul Spark Meetup will host "Hadoop ile Merhaba Dünya (Workshop)" on 8 August in Istanbul http://www.meetup.com/Istanbul-Spark-Meetup/events/223599737/

 - The Advanced Apache Spark Meetup will feature Apache Spark and Kafka on 10 August in Mountain View http://www.meetup.com/Advanced-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/223910462/

 - The Houston Hadoop Meetup Group will feature Apache Solr on 11 August http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Hadoop-Meetup-Group/events/223231943/

 - The Boston Area Cloud Foundry Meetup will feature Apache Mesos on 11 August in Cambridge http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Area-Cloud-Foundry-Meetup/events/224306788/

 - Code.Brew will feature "Enterprise Dataflow with Apache NiFi" on 13 August in Dulles http://www.meetup.com/Code-Brew/events/223935951/

 - The Seattle JS MeetUp will host "Apache Cordova and Maker.js" on 13 August http://www.meetup.com/seattlejs/events/220102652/

 - The NJ Data Science - Apache Spark MeetUp will present "Spark Streaming" on 13 August in Princeton http://www.meetup.com/nj-datascience/events/222851584/

 - The Big Data & NoSQL Meetup Hamburg will feature Apache Spark on 13 August http://www.meetup.com/BDNSHH/events/223963763/

 - The Bay Area Apache Flink Meetup announces a 20% discount code and presentation on Apache Flink at the Big Data Scala By the Bay Conference on 17 August in Oakland http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/224213826/

 - Beta Test Apache Cassandra Certification will be held 17 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/DataStax-Cassandra-South-Bay-Users/events/224269417/

 - The second annual MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - The Big Data Innovation conference will feature an "Apache Innovation" track 9-10 September in Boston http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2015/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - The next Lucene/Solr Revolution will be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 6-8 February 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Thursday Aug 06, 2015

Apache™ Logging Services™ Project Announces Log4j™ 1 End-Of-Life; Recommends Upgrade to Log4j 2

5 August 2015 --The Apache Logging Services™ Project Management Committee (PMC) has announced that the Log4j™ 1.x logging framework has reached its end of life (EOL) and is no longer officially supported.

Log4j saw its first release in 1999 and quickly became the most used logging framework ever. Over the years the project has released several versions of the initial Log4j codebase, and is now actively developing and maintaining version 2.

In the Log4j 1 lifecycle, there have been 21 Log4j 1 releases; the last one being in 2012. As of today, there will be no further releases of the Log4j 1 code base. Users are encouraged to upgrade to Log4j 2.

Apache Log4j 2 features a completely rewritten framework. In addition, it is faster, more reliable, and much easier to develop and maintain.

"All our volunteer efforts are now going into Log4j 2. Our community has grown again and we are actively maintaining Log4j 2," explained Christian Grobmeier, Vice President of Apache Logging Services. "We are so happy with the quality and stability of Log4j 2, we are convinced it is a fantastic replacement for Log4j 1."

Log4j 2 has had 19 releases thus far, the last 6 being marked as GA/General Availability, and the latest one being in May 2015.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Logging 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 downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Log4j, visit http://logging.apache.org/

Q & A from the Apache Logging PMC

Q: Why did you do this?
A. The Log4j 1 code base has had some architectural flaws and the release process is complex, which is partly why few volunteers are maintaining this code base.

Q: What will happen to old Log4j 1 resources?
A: All resources will stay where they are. The documentation will be accessible and you will be able to download the framework as usual.

Q: Will you fix security problems in Log4j 1?
A: No, with EOL reached, we will not provide any more releases for Log4j 1. We suggest you upgrade to Log4j 2.

Q: Can we start a project based on Log4j 1?
A: Yes, but we don't recommend it; we recommend using Log4j 2 instead.

Q: My friends/colleagues and I would like to see Log4j 1 being maintained again. What can we do?
A: If there are enough volunteers, there is nothing holding us back releasing Log4j 1 again. However, for the moment, we don't see this making sense, nor do we believe this will happen in near future.

Q: Is there a way to quickly migrate from Log4j 1.x to Log4j 2.x?
A: Yes, you can use the Log4j 1.x bridge http://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/log4j-1.2-api/index.html You must use this bridge without Log4j 1 jars in your application's classpath. The bridge forwards all requests to Log4j 1 to Log4j 2.

Q: Why should I use Log4j 2?
A: We maintained Log4j 1 for 16 years, with some years seeing few releases. With version 2, we were able to build a full-featured successor. These reasons alone are worth considering Log4j over other logging frameworks. 

Q: What if I have questions or want to contribute in the future?

A: If you need more information, please visit http://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/ . We welcome new community members, including you, to help improving the project. We welcome all your questions on our mailing lists.

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Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache™ Zest™ v2.1

Open Source Composite Oriented Programming platform and tools provides "New Energy For Java"

Forest Hill, MD –4 August 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the immediate availability of Apache™ Zest™ Java Edition v.2.1, the Composite Oriented Programming platform leveraging Java.

As Java is not a pure object-oriented language (thereby limiting code reuse and recycling), Composite Oriented Programming (COP) defines a whole new paradigm of how software is written, where INTENT is expressed and enforced by execution environment, helping developers to be disciplinary and in return improving efficiency and clarity. Composite Oriented Programming allows developers to work with 'fragments', smaller than classes, and 'compose' fragments into larger 'composites' which acts like the regular objects. Apache Zest also tackles the enforcement of application composition, i.e. composites are declared in modules, modules are contained in layers and access between how layers are controlled/enforced.

"Apache Zest is a completely new way of writing software", said Niclas Hedhman, Vice President of Apache Zest. "Object orientation isn't the appropriate abstraction, as objects in real application get too bloated and inter-dependent. By working with fragments, it is possible to break the objects down the respective roles that objects typically have, and mix those roles across different types of objects."

Apache Zest integrates aspect oriented programming, persistence, indexing/query, architecture enforcement and dependency injection.

"This 2.1 release, filled with new features and some bug fixes, is an important stepping stone towards the future," said Paul Merlin, Apache Zest Release Manager. "Compatibility with Qi4j 2.0 API has been maintained, but all documentation and other references are fully converted to Apache Zest, and in Zest 3.0 the transformation will be completed."

"Apache Zest challenges us Java developers to think differently, but enables increased productivity and fewer bugs," said Jiri Jetmar, member of the Apache Zest Project Management Committee and long-time Zest user. "We find that nearly all boiler-plate code, often found in JPA applications are completely eradicated, without mapping configuration and other details that just slows you down."

"Apache Zest's slogan --'New Energy for Java - Classes are Dead, Long Live Interfaces' -- truly captures what Apache Zest is really about: designing software efficiently," added Hedhman. "We are now looking forward to Zest 3.0, with many new interesting features, such Messaging integration, Event Sourcing, Timeseries, Geospatial Support, and much more. All with Java 8 goodness."

Zest originated as Qi4j in 2007, roughly four years following Rickard Öberg's inception of Composite Oriented Programming (COP). In early 2007, Hedhman convinced Öberg to start a new Open Source project around this concept, and Qi4j was born. Since the project's was first announced at the 2007 Oredev conference, 28 people have contributed source to the project, and many others have participated on mailing lists regarding direction, concepts and design.

Apache Zest has the unique designation as the first project to enter the ASF as a pTLP –provisional Top-Level Project– without entering the Apache Incubator (the official entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation). As part of its eligibility, Apache Zest had to meet the rigorous requirements of the Apache Maturity Model http://s.apache.org/O4p , which addresses the integrity of a project's code, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, and independence, among other qualities. Apache Zest became an official ASF Top-Level Project in March 2015.

"Apache Zest arrived to the Apache Software Foundation four months ago, and we are incredibly satisfied with the progress on both the codebase as well as the transition from our previous Qi4j identity", added Hedhman.

Catch Apache Zest in action on 2 October 2015 at ApacheCon: Core in Budapest, where many members of the core development team will be available for questions and more before and after the presentation http://sched.co/3x3Y

Availability and Oversight
Apache Zest 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 downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Zest, visit http://zest.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Zest", "Apache Zest", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Friday Jul 31, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 31 July 2015

We've had quite a productive week in ApacheLand --here's what happened:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Announcing Program for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe –EARLY REGISTRATION INCENTIVES END 1 AUGUST! http://s.apache.org/eg4

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 19 August. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 35,000+ weekly infrastructure checks yielded an awesome 99.91% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/

Apache NiFi™ –Big Data automation system acquires and delivers data easily, securely, and reliably across enterprise systems in real time.
 - Apache NiFi 0.2.1 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Portals™ Jetspeed –an Open Portal Platform and Enterprise Information Portal, written entirely in Open Source under the Apache license in Java and XML and based on open standards.
 - Apache Portals Jetspeed 2.3.0 released http://portals.apache.org/jetspeed-2/download.html

Apache SAMOA (Incubating) –a platform for mining Big Data streams.
 - Apache SAMOA 0.3.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/samoa/0.3.0-incubating/

Apache Wicket™ –with proper mark-up/logic separation, a POJO data model, and a refreshing lack of XML, Apache Wicket makes developing Web-apps simple and enjoyable again.
 - Apache Wicket v7.0 released https://wicket.apache.org


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that discontinued, abandoned, or retired codebases/projects are stored in the Apache Attic? The information is preserved at http://attic.apache.org/ for posterity, reference, and potential future re-activation, while keeping it clearly distinct from active work. 

 - Did you know that in addition to excellent sessions and networking opportunities those attending Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core in Budapest have much to enjoy in the city as well? http://www.corinthia.com/insider/2015/jul/24-hours-in-budapest

 - Did you know that the newly-designed Apache Projects page at https://projects.apache.org/ documents the evolution of the ASF's more than 300 projects, From Abdera to ZooKeeper, including charts, PMCs, languages, contributor trends, and more?


Apache Community Notices:

 - RIP, ASF Member Nóirín Plunkett https://www.apache.org/memorials/noirin.html

 - The updated list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The Bangalore Apache Spark Meetup will be held 1 August in Bangalore http://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/223706897/

 - Data+Visualization Detroit will hold BIG Data Analytics via Hadoop Hive Webinar on 1 August http://www.meetup.com/Data-Visualization-Detroit/events/223488118/

 - The Hands on Spark MeetUp will be held 2 August in Sunnyvale http://www.meetup.com/Hands-On-Hadoop-Hive-and-Apache-Pig-Learning/events/224252053/

 - Apache Spark will be featured in the Machine Learning Study Group on 2 August in San Diego http://www.meetup.com/SanDiegoAI/events/223988723/

 - "Apache Spark: Spark Streaming, Dataframes, Zeppelin and more" will be held 3 August in Tel Aviv-Yafo http://www.meetup.com/israel-spark-users/events/224140512/

 - The Cassandra MSP Meetup will be held 3 August in Minneapolis http://www.meetup.com/Minneapolis-St-Paul-Cassandra-Meetup/events/222802981/

 - "Intro to Data Base Columnation with Apache Parquet" will be held 3 August in Addison http://www.meetup.com/DFW-Data-Science/events/223517154/

 - The Summer CouchDB Meetup will be held 4 August in Boston http://www.meetup.com/CouchDB-Boston/events/223514352/

 - The Apache Flink Crash Course will be held 4 August in Chicago http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/223983664/

 - The CloudStack Silicon Valley MeetUp will be held 4 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/CloudStack-Silicon-Valley-User-Group/events/223921012/

 - "Hands on Introduction to Hadoop, HDFS, Hive, Ambari & Pig: Part 1" will be held 4 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/HSquared-Hadoop-Hortonworks-User-Group/events/224152083/

 - Apache Samza will be featured at the Hadoop Users Group UK MeetUp on 5 August in London http://www.meetup.com/hadoop-users-group-uk/events/223836730/

 - Apache Hadoop, Kafka, and Spark will be featured at the Phoenix Hadoop User Group on 5 August in Tempe http://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-Hadoop-User-Group/events/223611800/

 - "Intro to Apache Spark for the Business Analyst" will be held 5 August in Washington, D.C. http://www.meetup.com/DC-Analytics-Meetup/events/223896875/

 - The Brighton Java MeetUp will feature "So why would I use a distributed database like Apache Cassandra?" on 5 August http://www.meetup.com/Brighton-Java/events/223867043/

 - The Berliner Apache Cordova Network will host the Hybrid Cordova Network on 5 August in Berlin http://www.meetup.com/Berliner-Apache-Cordova-Network/events/224231539/

 - The Tampa Bay Hadoop Users Group will present "Apache Spark - what is all the hype about?" on 6 August in St. Petersburg http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Hadoop-Meetup-Group/events/222808783/

 - The Tokyo Spark Meetup will be held 6 August in Tokyo http://www.meetup.com/Tokyo-Spark-Meetup/events/223961183/

 - The Istanbul Spark Meetup will host "Hadoop ile Merhaba Dünya (Workshop)" on 8 August in Istanbul http://www.meetup.com/Istanbul-Spark-Meetup/events/223599737/

 - The Advanced Apache Spark Meetup will feature Apache Spark and Kafka on 10 August in Mountain View http://www.meetup.com/Advanced-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/223910462/

 - The Houston Hadoop Meetup Group will feature Apache Solr on 11 August http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Hadoop-Meetup-Group/events/223231943/

 - The Boston Area Cloud Foundry Meetup will feature Apache Mesos on 11 August in Cambridge http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Area-Cloud-Foundry-Meetup/events/224306788/

 - Code.Brew will feature "Enterprise Dataflow with Apache NiFi" on 13 August in Dulles http://www.meetup.com/Code-Brew/events/223935951/

 - The Seattle JS MeetUp will host "Apache Cordova and Maker.js" on 13 August http://www.meetup.com/seattlejs/events/220102652/

 - The NJ Data Science - Apache Spark MeetUp will present "Spark Streaming" on 13 August in Princeton http://www.meetup.com/nj-datascience/events/222851584/

 - The Big Data & NoSQL Meetup Hamburg will feature Apache Spark on 13 August http://www.meetup.com/BDNSHH/events/223963763/

 - The Bay Area Apache Flink Meetup announces a 20% discount code and presentation on Apache Flink at the Big Data Scala By the Bay Conference on 17 August in Oakland http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/224213826/

 - Beta Test Apache Cassandra Certification will be held 17 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/DataStax-Cassandra-South-Bay-Users/events/224269417/

 - The second annual MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - The Big Data Innovation conference will feature an "Apache Innovation" track 9-10 September in Boston http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2015/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Jul 24, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 24 July 2015

It's week 30 of the year --we're more than halfway through 2015. Here's what's we've been working on:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Announcing Program for ApacheCon™: Core Europe –REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! http://s.apache.org/31N

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 19 August. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 35,000+ weekly infrastructure checks yielded a nifty 99.17% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.3.3 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache NiFi™ –Big Data automation system acquires and delivers data easily, securely, and reliably across enterprise systems in real time.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ NiFi™ as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/kc

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 1.8.10 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache POI™ –a library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 3.13-beta1 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that there were 12 new projects submitted to the Apache Incubator this year? 4 projects also graduated as Top-level Projects, and 1 was retired. http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that there are currently 38 initiatives in development at the Apache Labs (our innovation "sandbox" to test technical concepts)? http://labs.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the newly-designed Apache Projects page at https://projects.apache.org/ documents the evolution of the ASF's more than 300 projects, From Abdera to ZooKeeper, including charts, PMCs, languages, contributor trends, and more?


Apache Community Notices:

 - The next Apache Flink Berlin MeetUp will take place 29 July http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/223574589/

 - The CloudStack Silicon Valley MeetUp ("Jenkins + jclouds + CloudStack = On-demand Continuous Integration") will be held 4 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/CloudStack-Silicon-Valley-User-Group/events/223921012/

 - The second annual MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

Announcing Program for ApacheCon™: Core Europe –REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

The Apache Software Foundation's official conference series will showcase dozens of key Apache projects across topics and tracks such as Cloud computing, Deployment, Internet of Things, Libraries, Microservices, Web Development, Community, and more.

Themed "ApacheCon: Core", the event will be co-located with "Apache: Big Data" and will take place 1-2 October 2015 at the Corinthia Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

ApacheCon: Core is aimed at Open Source users, developers, programmers, students, novices, community managers, and enthusiasts seeking to leverage the power of popular Apache projects that include:

  • the ubiquitous Apache™ HTTP and Tomcat™ Web servers, both state-of-the art and what lies ahead with HTTP/2;
  • Apache Camel™, a powerful open source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns;
  • Apache Cordova™, a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript;
  • Apache DeviceMap™, a data repository containing devices attributes, and their related browsers, and operating systems, as well as an API to classify these attributes;
  • Apache Directory™ Fortress, a full ANSI RBAC compliant management and enforcement system that builds on existing Open Source applications like Apache Directory Server, OpenLDAP and Apache Tomcat;
  • Apache Flex™, the highly productive application framework for building and maintaining expressive applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices;
  • Apache Karaf™, the small OSGi based runtime that provides a lightweight container onto which various components and applications can be deployed;
  • Apache Mesos™; a cluster manager that provides efficient resource isolation and sharing across distributed applications, or frameworks, and can run Hadoop, MPI, Hypertable, Spark, and other frameworks on a dynamically shared pool of nodes;
  • Apache OFBiz™, reliable, secure, and scalable automation of enterprise processes, including framework components and business applications for Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, E-Business / E-Commerce, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Maintenance Management System/Enterprise Asset Management, and Point Of Sale solutions;
  • Apache Olingo™, the Java library that implements the Open Data Protocol (OData);
  • Apache OpenMeetings™, video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing, and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming;
  • Apache OpenOffice™, the leading Open Source office-document productivity suite providing six productivity applications based around the OpenDocument Format (ODF), and available on multiple platforms and in dozens of languages;
  • Apache Sling™, the Web framework that uses a Java Content Repository, such as Apache Jackrabbit, to store and manage content;
  • Apache Solr™, the enterprise search server based on the Apache Lucene™ Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON, Ruby, and Python APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, and a Web administration interface;
  • Apache Zest™, the project that explores the Composite Oriented Programming paradigm, where Fragments get composed into Composite, which are placed into Modules, placed inside Layers, to enforce Application Structure; and
  • Apache ZooKeeper™, the effort to develop and maintain an Open Source server that enables highly reliable distributed coordination.


Those 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 engagement are provided the opportunity to meet the individuals behind some of the industry's most popular Apache projects. ApacheCon: Core tracks, presentations, and mini-summits are dedicated to specific Apache projects and organized by their respective communities. In addition to outstanding education, collaboration, and networking, attendees will learn about the latest emerging innovations from the Apache Incubator, including Apache Brooklyn, Geode, Groovy, Johnzon, and Tamaya, as well as other Open Source topics and issues, such as The Apache Way, best practices, licensing, community development, and the Summer of Code.

Anyone interested in Apache products is welcome at all sessions, BarCamp, Hackathon, Lightning Talks, and Community events: ASF affiliation is not required to attend or otherwise participate in ApacheCon: Core. Sign up for ApacheCon: Core today at http://apachecon.com/ and enjoy Special Registration incentives through 1 August.

Prior to ApacheCon: Core, "Apache: Big Data" will take place 28-30 September 2015 at the same venue. Apache: Big Data will gather together the Apache projects, people, and technologies working in Big Data, ubiquitous computing, data engineering, and science, to coach, collaborate, and connect in a completely project-neutral environment.

We look forward to seeing you in Budapest!

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Monday Jul 20, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ NiFi™ as a Top-Level Project

NSA-originated Big Data automation system acquires and delivers data easily, securely, and reliably across enterprise systems in real time.

Forest Hill, MD --20 July 2015-- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ NiFi™ 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 NiFi tackles a very old but increasingly relevant problem, which is how to automate the flow of data between systems. NiFi was built to address critical gaps in traditional systems where other solutions lacked sufficient security, interactivity, scalability, and data lineage.

"We took a project with more than eight years of development in a closed source environment and transitioned it to a very open and collaborative space," said Joe Witt, Vice President of Apache NiFi. "How easy that transition was speaks volumes to the effectiveness of the Incubator process and the community around Apache in general."

Based on the concepts of flow-based programming, NiFi is easy to use, powerful, reliable, and highly configurable. Two important features of NiFi are its powerful user interface and its fine grained data provenance tools. The interface allows users to intuitively understand and interact with the data flow directly in the browser, promoting faster and safer iteration.

The data provenance features allow the user to see how an object flowed through the system, replay it, and visualize what happened to it before and after key stages, thereby simplifying data flows that are often large, complex directed graphs involving transformations, forks, joins, and more.

"NiFi's seamless user interface, robust security features, and powerful data provenance offer a unique set of capabilities for solving the challenges of managing distributed systems," said Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks. "We are proud NiFi participants and congratulate the NiFi community on becoming a top-level Apache project."

"NiFi's well designed, mature API has made our integration process remarkably straightforward," said Mike Bishop, Chief Systems Architect at Prescient Edge. "With it, we're able to track the origin, transformation, and persistence of data throughout our analytic processes."

In addition, NiFi uses a component based extension model to rapidly add capabilities to complex dataflows. Out of the box NiFi has several extensions for dealing with file-based dataflows such as FTP, SFTP, and HTTP integration as well as integration with HDFS. One of NiFi's unique features is a rich, Web-based interface for designing, controlling, and monitoring a dataflow.

"The NiFi user interface and ease of extension have made it extremely easy to get up and running and even customize," said Craig Connel, CTO of Leverege. "It is great that it also easily integrates with other parts of the Apache Big Data world like Spark, Kafka, and Hadoop."

NiFi originated at the National Security Agency (NSA) as Niagarafiles, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in November 2014 as part of the NSA Technology Transfer Program.

"The contributions we've seen from the community over the past few months are really exciting," added Witt. "It is a good sign that while this project has been around for more than eight years by moving to the ASF we've really only just started." 

Catch Apache NiFi in action at OSCON in Portland, Oregon, on Friday 24 July 2015 http://www.oscon.com/open-source-2015/public/schedule/detail/42463

Availability and Oversight
Apache NiFi 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 downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache NiFi, visit http://nifi.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apachenifi

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF enter through the Incubator to: 1) ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF. For more information, visit http://incubator.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 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 550 individual Members and 4,700 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(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "NiFi", "Apache NiFi", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "Kafka", "Apache Kafka", "Spark", "Apache Spark", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

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Friday Jul 17, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 17 July 2015

It's been a great week! Here's what we've been up to:

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 19 August. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 35,000+ weekly infrastructure checks yielded an excellent 99.95% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/

ASF Travel Assistance –this committee evaluates and provides financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend various ApacheCon events.
 - DEADLINE: Applications close on 17 July for travel assistance to "Apache: Big Data" and "ApacheCon: Core" Europe in Budapest http://www.apache.org/travel/

Apache Atlas (Incubating) –a scalable and extensible set of core foundational governance services – enabling enterprises to effectively and efficiently meet their compliance requirements within Apache Hadoop and allows integration with the whole enterprise data ecosystem.
 - Apache Atlas 0.5-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/atlas/0.5.0-incubating/

Apache Groovy (Incubating) –a multi-facet programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.4-incubating released http://www.groovy-lang.org/download.html

Apache HTTP Server™ –the world's leading Open Source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS/X and Netware.
 - Apache HTTP Server 2.4.16 released http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.17 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lens (Incubating) –a unified analytics interface that provides a single view of data across multiple tiered data stores and optimal execution environment for the analytical query, and seamlessly integrates Apache Hadoop with traditional data warehouses to appear like one.
 - Apache Lens 2.2.0-beta-incubating released http://lens.incubator.apache.org/releases/download.html

Apache NiFi (Incubating) –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data. Made for dataflow, NiFi supports highly configurable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic.
 - Apache NiFi 0.2.0-incubating released http://nifi.incubator.apache.org/downloads/

Apache OpenNLP™ –a machine learning based toolkit for the processing of natural language text. It supports the most common NLP (Natural Language Processing) tasks, such as tokenization, sentence segmentation, part-of-speech tagging, named entity extraction, chunking, parsing, and coreference resolution.
 - Apache OpenNLP 1.6.0 released http://opennlp.apache.org/cgi-bin/download.cgi

Apache Parquet™ –a set of Java libraries for working with the Parquet column-oriented file format for Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Parquet MR 1.8.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/parquet/parquet-1.8.0/

Apache Subversion™ –an Open Source centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
 - Apache Subversion 1.9.0-rc3 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#pre-releases

Apache Whirr™ –a set of libraries for running Cloud services and deploying clusters.
 - Apache Whirr Retired http://attic.apache.org/projects/whirr.html

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that NASA New Horizons' historic images and data of Pluto are part of the Planetary Data System, which is powered by Apache Solr, Tika, Tomcat, and OODT?

 - Did you know that just 3 out of ASF infrastructure's 5.56 million checks failed over the past week? That's 99.99998% uptime!

 - Did you know that we've just launched the revised listing of all Apache projects at https://projects.apache.org/? From Abdera to ZooKeeper, excellent insight, including charts, PMCs, languages, the works!


Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache Cassandra, Cordova, Geode (Incubating), Giraph, HBase, Mesos, NiFi (Incubating), Phoenix, Spark, and more will be featured at OSCON 20-24 July in Portland, Oregon http://www.oscon.com/ --stop by and say hello at The ASF Booth #22!

 - The Apache Samza Bay Area MeetUp will take place 21 July in Mountain View, CA http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Samza-Meetup/events/223768847/

 - The next Apache Flink Berlin MeetUp will take place 29 July http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/223574589/

 - The CloudStack Silicon Valley MeetUp ("Jenkins + jclouds + CloudStack = On-demand Continuous Integration") will be held 4 August in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/CloudStack-Silicon-Valley-User-Group/events/223921012/

 - The second annual MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Jul 10, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 10 July 2015

The Apache community of 550+ Members and 4,700+ Committers successfully collaborate across seven continents. Here's what we've been up to over the past week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - DEADLINE: CFP closes on 10 July for "Apache: Big Data" 28-30 September 2015 in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Upcoming Board Meeting: 17 July. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - The ASF Infrastructure team runs more than 35,000 weekly checks for each service provided. Uptime over the past week has been a super-swell 99.36% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Travel Assistance –this committee evaluates and provides financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend various ApacheCon events.
 - DEADLINE: Applications close on 17 July for travel assistance to "Apache: Big Data" and "ApacheCon: Core" Europe http://www.apache.org/travel/

Apache Accumulo™ –a sorted, distributed key/value store based on Google's BigTable design, built on top of Apache Hadoop, ZooKeeper, and Thrift.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.6.3 released https://accumulo.apache.org

Apache Directory™ LDAP client API –an ongoing effort to provide an enhanced LDAP API, as a replacement for JNDI and the existing LDAPAPI (jLdap and Mozilla LDAP API).
 - Apache Directory LDAP API released http://directory.apache.org/api/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications. 
- Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.3.2 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.63 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.24 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache Traffic Server™ –a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 compliant caching proxy server that can be used as a reverse, forward, or even transparent HTTP proxy.
 - Apache Traffic Server 5.3.1 released http://trafficserver.apache.org/downloads


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that 164 Apache Project Management Committees (PMCs) oversee 272 Apache projects?

 - Did you know that A1 Telekom Austria uses Apache Isis to rapidly develop domain-driven apps in Java?

 - Did you know that we're always looking for Apache success stories that we can share with the community? Send newsworthy metrics/users/datapoints/events of Apache products to <press@apache.org>!


Apache Community Notices:

 - A list of the latest Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - Apache Cayenne ‏will be at the New York Times Open Source Science Fair on 15 July http://developers.nytimes.com/events/71515/?_r=0

 - The second annual MesosCon will be held 20-21 August in Seattle https://mesoscon2015.sched.org/

 - ASF Member Joan Touzet will keynote the Texas Linux Fest 21-22 August in San Marcos https://2015.texaslinuxfest.org/

 - Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon: Core Europe will be held 28 September - 1 October in Budapest http://apachecon.com/

 - The first Apache Flink Conference, Flink Forward, will be held 12-13 October in Berlin http://flink-forward.org

 - CFP open for Lucene/Solr Revolution, to be held 13-16 October in Austin http://www.lucenerevolution.org

 - The ASF FY 2014-2015 Annual Report is available at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 


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