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Friday May 27, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 27 May 2016

It's been a whirlwind week of Apache-focused events, with dozens more on the horizon. Here's what happened:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 15 June 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield fabulous performance at 98.83% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Session recordings are available at http://feathercast.apache.org/tag/apacheconna2016/
 - Next up: Europe! 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain. Watch this space http://apachecon.com/

Apache Apex™ Malhar –library for enterprise-grade native YARN Big Data-in-motion platform that unifies stream and batch processing.
 - Apache Apex Malhar 3.4.0 released http://apex.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Avro™ –a data serialization system.
 - Apache Avro 1.8.1 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/avro/

Apache Commons™ –focuses on all aspects of reusable Java components.
 - Apache Commons git repositories now writable for all ASF committers http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201605.mbox/%3CCAB917RJCz4Vx_R6D8S35TbbX_yfDrNaxBsxVEX2ARfaKwVh8sA%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Commons™ RDF –a common library for RDF 1.1 that could be implemented by systems on the Java Virtual Machine.
 - Apache CommonsRDF 0.2.0-incubating released http://commonsrdf.incubator.apache.org/download.html

Apache Commons™ VFS –provides a single API for accessing various different file systems.
 - Apache Commons VFS 2.1 released http://commons.apache.org/vfs/download_vfs.cgi

Apache Kafka™ –a distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
 - Apache Kafka 0.10.0.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi?path=/kafka/0.10.0.0/kafka-0.10.0.0-src.tgz

Apache Kylin™ –extreme OLAP Engine for Big Data.
 - Apache Kylin 1.5.2 released https://kylin.apache.org/download/

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox XML External Entity vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201605.mbox/%3C83a03bcf-f86b-4688-37b5-615c080291d8%40apache.org%3E

Apache Tika™ –parses XML within numerous file formats.
 - Apache Tika XML External Entity vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201605.mbox/%3C463949184.1323918.1464290785225.JavaMail.yahoo%40mail.yahoo.com%3E

Apache TinkerPop™ –a graph computing framework written in Java.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® TinkerPop™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/V7gl

Apache Tomcat™ – an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.35 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache Yetus™ –a collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects.
 - Apache Yetus 0.3.0 released https://yetus.apache.org/downloads/

Apache Zeppelin™ –Big Data analytics and visualization notebook.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Zeppelin™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/YqqP


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Trafodion (incubating) was recognized as a great example of female participation in Open Source? http://trafodion.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apple Siri completes full ring replication around the world in 10 seconds using Apache HBase? https://hbase.apache.org/

 - Did you know that we're always looking for great ways to highlight Apache projects in our "Did You Know" campaigns? Send your success stories to <press@apache.org>!


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Hadoop as a Service hands-on workshop with intro will be held 27 May 2016 in Luleå http://www.meetup.com/Lulea-Datacenter-Meetup/events/230986653/

 - Introduction to Kafka will be held 27 May 2016 in Delhi http://www.meetup.com/Reactive-Application-Programmers-in-Delhi-NCR/events/231210980/

 - Cassandra Day Workshop will be held 28 May 2016 in Santiago http://www.meetup.com/Santo-Domingo-Cassandra-Users/events/231118875/

 - Machine learning pipelines with Spark ML will be held 28 May 2016 in Bangalore http://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/230898948/

 - BigData/Cloud/IoT workshop featuring Apache Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka will be held 29 May 2016 in Bangalore http://www.meetup.com/Siliconvalley4u-Bangalore-conference/events/231305993/

 - The Zürich Apache Spark Meetup will be held 30 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/spark-zurich/events/230920729/

 - Building effective near-real-time analytics with Spark Streaming and Kudu will be held 31 May 2016 in New York http://www.meetup.com/NY-Cloudera-User-Group/events/231236816/

 - Apache Kafka will be featured at the 28th Big Data London Meetup on 31 May 2016 in London http://www.meetup.com/big-data-london/events/231391408/

 - Lyon Cassandra Users will meet 31 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Lyon-Cassandra-Users/events/229067623/

 - Cassandra London will be co-located with London NoSQL on 31 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Cassandra-London/events/230924726/ 

 - Montreal Apache Spark Meetup will be held 31 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Montreal-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/231285569/

 - Apache Solr 6 will be previewed at Search Usergroup Berlin on 31 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Search-UG-Berlin/events/231196347/

 - Monitoring Big Data Streaming Applications & Apache Apex (Hadoop) operations will be held 1 June 2016 in San Jose http://www.meetup.com/Apex-Bay-Area-Chapter/events/231205152/

 - Nürnberg Big Data Meetup will hold Machine Learning mit Apache Spark on 1 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Nuernberg-Big-Data/events/231022066/

 - Apache Spark 201 - Staying Sane in Production Environments will be held 1 June 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Spark-and-Friends/events/231081007/

 - Domain Drive Design London will present Closing the feedback loop with Apache Isis on 1 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/dddlondon/events/230722213/

 - Women Who Code NYC will present Apache Spark Workshop @ XO Group on 1 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/WomenWhoCodeNYC/events/230198894/

 - Data Science London Meetup @Strata+Hadoop World 2016 will take place 1 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Data-Science-London/events/231266903/

 - "Big Things" - First Data Hackathon will be held 1 June 2016 in Tel Aviv-Yafo http://www.meetup.com/Big-things-are-happening-here/events/230339692/

 - Hadoop Users Group UK MeetUP @ Strata+Hadoop World 2016 will be held 1 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/hadoop-users-group-uk/events/231136008/

 - The Colorado Springs Open Source Software Meetup Group will hold What is all the Hype about w/Apache Spark? on 1 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/csopensource/events/230867584/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Monitoring Big Data Streaming Applications & Apache Apex (Hadoop) operations will be held 2 June in Delhi http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-native-Hadoop-Ingest-and-Transform-Delhi-Chapter/events/231275421/

 - Apache NiFi Hackathon and Office Hours will be held 2 June 2016 in Columbia http://www.meetup.com/ApacheNiFi/events/230804255/

 - Scalable Data Science Course will feature Apache Spark on 2 June 2016 in Christchurch http://www.meetup.com/Christchurch-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/230926222/

 - Big Data - No Fluff - lets get started with Hadoop #7 will be held 2 June 2016 in Oslo http://www.meetup.com/Oslo-Hadoop-Big-Data-Meetup/events/225589995/

 - Los Angeles Apache Spark Users Group, Big Data Users Group, MySQL Meetup Group, and Deep Learning & Big Data Science will meet 2 June 2016 in Santa Monica http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Apache-Spark-Users-Group/events/230125180/

 - Taking Spark To The Clouds and Incremental Updates in Machine Learning Models will be held 2 June 2016 in Portland http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Spark-User-Group/events/230718186/

 - Future of Data: New York will present Curb Your Insecurity - Tips for a Secure Cluster (with Spark too) on 2 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/futureofdata-newyork/events/230155297/

 - CI and CD at Scale: Scaling Jenkins with Docker and Apache Mesos will be presented 2 June 2016 in Boulder http://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Jenkins-Area-Meetup/events/231165102/

 - Houston Hadoop and Spark Meetup Group present Apache Zeppelin for interactive data analytics on 2 June 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Hadoop-Meetup-Group/events/231100012/

 - Berlin Buzzwords will be held 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - The CloudStack European User Group will take place 16 June 2016 in Berlin https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-23036757562

 - Atlanta Hadoop Users Group present Cutting edge with HBASE on 17 August 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Hadoop-Users-Group/events/230344766/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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Wednesday May 25, 2016

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

Open Source Big Data analytics and visualization tool for distributed, interactive, and collaborative systems using Apache Flink, Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and more.

Forest Hill, MD –25 May 2016– 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® Zeppelin™ 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 Zeppelin is a modern, web-based notebook that enables interactive data analytics. Notebooks help developers, data scientists, and related users to handle data efficiently without worrying about command lines and cluster details.

"The Zeppelin community is pleased to graduate from the Apache Incubator," said Lee Moon Soo, Vice President of Apache Zeppelin. "With 118 worldwide contributors and widespread adoption in numerous commercial products, we are proud to officially be a part of the Apache Big Data ecosystem."

Zeppelin's collaborative data analytics and visualization capabilities makes data exploration, visualization, sharing, and collaboration easy over distributed, general-purpose data processing systems that use Apache Flink, Apache Hadoop, and Apache Spark, among other Big Data platforms.

Apache Zeppelin is:
  • Multi-purpose --features data ingestion, exploration, analysis, visualization, and collaboration;
  • Robust --supports 20+ more backend systems, including Apache Spark, Apache Flink, Apache Hive, Python, R, and any JDBC (Java Database Connectivity);
  • Easy to deploy --built on top of modern Web technologies (provides built-in Apache Spark integration, eliminating the need to build a separate module, plugin, or library);
  • Easy to use --with built-in visualizations and dynamic forms;
  • Flexible --allows users to mix different languages, exchange data between backends, adjust the layout;
  • Extensible --with pluggable architecture for interpreters, notebook storages, authentication, and visualizations (in progress); and
  • Advanced --allows interaction between custom visualizations and cluster resources

"With Apache Zeppelin, a wide range of users can make beautiful data-driven, interactive, and collaborative documents with SQL, Scala, and more," added Soo.

Apache Zeppelin is in use at an array of organizations and solutions, including Amazon Web Services, Hortonworks, JuJu, and Twitter, among others. 

"Congratulations to Apache Zeppelin community on graduation," said Tim Hall, Vice President of Product Management at Hortonworks. "Several members of our team have been working over the past year in the Zeppelin community 
to make it enterprise ready. We are excited to be associated with this community and look forward to helping our customers get the best insights out of their data with Apache Zeppelin."

"Apache Zeppelin is becoming an important tool at Twitter for creating and sharing interactive data analytics and visualizations," said Prasad Wagle, Technical Lead in the Data Platform team at Twitter. "Since it integrates seamlessly with all the popular data analytics engines, it is very easy to create and share reports and dashboards. With its extensible architecture and a vibrant Open Source community, I am looking forward to Apache Zeppelin advancing the state of the art in data analytics and visualization."

"Apache Zeppelin is the major user-facing piece of Memcore’s in-memory data processing Cloud offering. Building a technology stack might be quite exciting engineering challenge, however, if users can’t visualize and work with the data conveniently, it is as good as not having the data at all. Apache Zeppelin enables efficient user acquisition by anyone trying to build new products or service offerings in the Big- and Fast- Data markets, making innovations, collaboration, and development easier for anyone," said Dr. Konstantin Boudnik, Founder and CEO of Memcore.io. "I am very excited to see Apache Zeppelin graduating as an ASF Top Level Project. This shows that more people are joining the community, bringing the project to a new level, and adding more integration points with existing data analytics and transactional software systems. This directly benefits the community at-large."

Apache Zeppelin originated in 2013 at NFLabs as Peloton, a commercial data analytics product. Since entering the Apache Incubator in December 2014, the project has had three releases, and twice participated in Google Summer of Code under the Apache umbrella.

"It was an honor to help with the incubation of Zeppelin," said Ted Dunning, Vice President of the Apache Incubator. "I have been very impressed with the Zeppelin community and the software they have built. I see Apache Zeppelin being adopted all over the place where people need to apply a notebook style to a wide variety of kinds of computing."

Catch Apache Zeppelin in action during Berlin Buzzwords, 7 June 2016 https://s.apache.org/mV8E

Availability and Oversight
Apache Zeppelin 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 Zeppelin, visit http://zeppelin.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheZeppelin

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 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Zeppelin", "Apache Zeppelin", "Ambari", "Apache Ambari", "Flink", "Apache Flink", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "Hive", "Apache Hive", "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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Monday May 23, 2016

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

Powerful Open Source Big Data graph computing framework in use at Amazon, DataStax, and IBM, among others.

Forest Hill, MD –23 May 2016– 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® TinkerPop™ 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 TinkerPop is a graph computing framework that provides developers the tools required to build modern graph applications in any application domain and at any scale.

"Graph databases and mainstream interest in graph applications have seen tremendous growth in recent years," said Stephen Mallette, Vice President of Apache TinkerPop. "Since its inception in 2009, TinkerPop has been helping to promote that growth with its Open Source graph technology stack. We are excited to now do this same work as a top-level project within the Apache Software Foundation."

As a graph computing framework for both real-time, transactional graph databases (OLTP) and and batch analytic graph processors (OLAP), TinkerPop is useful for working with small graphs that fit within the confines of a single machine, as well as massive graphs that can only exist partitioned and distributed across a multi-machine compute cluster.

TinkerPop unifies these highly varied graph system models, giving developers less to learn, faster time to development, and less risk associated with both scaling their system and avoiding vendor lock-in.

The Power to Process One Trillion Edges
The central component to Apache TinkerPop is Gremlin, a graph traversal machine and language, which makes it possible to write complex queries (called traversals) that can execute either as real-time OLTP queries, analytic OLAP queries, or a hybrid of the two.

Because the Gremlin language is separate from the Gremlin machine, TinkerPop serves as a foundation for any query language to work against any TinkerPop-enabled system. Much like the Java virtual machine is host to Java, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, and the like, the Gremlin traversal machine is already host to Gremlin, SPARQL, SQL, and various host language embeddings in Python, JavaScript, etc. Once a language is compiled to a Gremlin traversal, the Gremlin machine can evaluate it against a graph database or processor. Instantly, languages such as SPARQL can execute across a one thousand node cluster for long running analytic jobs touching large parts of the graph or sub-second queries within a small neighborhood.

Apache TinkerPop is in use at organizations such as DataStax and IBM, among many others. Amazon.com is currently using TinkerPop and Gremlin to process its order fullfillment graph which contains approximately one trillion edges.

The core Apache TinkerPop release provides production-ready, reference implementations of a number of different data systems including Neo4j (OLTP), Apache Giraph (OLAP), Apache Spark (OLAP), and Apache Hadoop (OLAP). However, the bulk of the implementations are maintained within the larger TinkerPop ecosystem. These implementations include commercial and Open Source graph databases and processors, Gremlin language variants for various programming languages on and off the Java Virtual Machine, visualization applications for graph analysis and many other tools and libraries. The TinkerPop ecosystem is richly supported with many options for developers to choose from.

TinkerPop originated in 2009 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. After two major releases (TinkerPop1 in 2011 and TinkerPop2 in 2012), the project was submitted to the Apache Incubator in January 2015.

"Following in a long line of Apache projects that revolutionized entire industries, starting with with the Apache HTTP Server, continuing with Web Services, search, and Big Data technologies, Apache TinkerPop will no doubt reshape the Graph Computing landscape," said Hadrian Zbarcea, co-Vice President of ASF Fundraising and Incubator Mentor of Apache TinkerPop. "While TinkerPop has just graduated as an ASF Top Level Project, it is already seven years old, a mature technology, backed by a number of vendors, a vibrant community, and absolutely brilliant developers."

The project welcomes those interested in contributing to Apache TinkerPop. For more information, visit http://tinkerpop.apache.org/docs/3.2.0-incubating/dev/developer/#_contributing

Availability and Oversight
Apache TinkerPop 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 TinkerPop, visit http://tinkerpop.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apachetinkerpop

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 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "TinkerPop", "Apache TinkerPop", "Apache HTTP Server", "Giraph", "Apache Giraph", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "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 May 20, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 20 May 2016

A friendly reminder to all to demonstrate your love for our projects and appreciation for all our volunteers' hard work by giving full attribution: e.g., "Apache Cassandra", "Apache Hadoop", "Apache Spark", etc. After all, #BrandMatters. Here's what happened over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 15 June 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield great performance at 98.50% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Session recordings are available at http://feathercast.apache.org/tag/apacheconna2016/
 - Next up: Europe! 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain. Details forthcoming at http://apachecon.com/

Apache BookKeeper™ –a reliable replicated log service.
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.4.0 released http://bookkeeper.apache.org/releases.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 1.2.15 and 1.5.2 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Jena™ –an Open Source Java-based framework for building Semantic Web and Linked Data applications.
 - Apache Jena 3.1.0 released http://jena.apache.org/download/

Apache JMeter™ –used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources (files, Servlets, Perl scripts, Java Objects, Data Bases and Queries, FTP Servers and more).
 - Apache JMeter 3.0 released http://jmeter.apache.org/download_jmeter.cgi

Apache Mahout™ –an environment for quickly creating machine learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance parallel computation engines available.
 - Apache Mahout 0.12.1 released http://mahout.apache.org

Apache Tajo™ –a Big Data warehouse system on various data sources.
 - Apache Tajo 0.11.3 released http://tajo.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tika™ –a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser libraries.
 - Apache Tika 1.13 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/tika/apache-tika-1.13-src.zip

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 8.5.2.BETA and 9.0.0.M6 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi and http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that over the past 2 weeks, 7,486 people sent 79,054 messages on 41,412 topics across 616 Apache lists? https://lists.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Salesforce uses Apache Phoenix OLTP and operational analytics for Apache Hadoop in its Trusted Enterprise Platform? http://phoenix.apache.org/

 - Did you know that we're always looking for great ways to highlight Apache projects in our "Did You Know" campaigns? Send your success stories to <press@apache.org>!


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache NiFi will be featured in the UAE Big Data Group MeetUp in Dubai on 23 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/UAE-Big-Data-Group/events/231157498/

 - Apache Kafka will be featured in the San Antonio DevOps MeetUp 23 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/SanAntonioDevOps/events/230908138/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - Apache Kudu will be highlighted on 25 May 2016 in Plano http://www.meetup.com/DFW-Cloudera-User-Group/events/230547045/

 - The SF Bay Area Apache Phoenix MeetUp will hold the first-ever PhoenixCon on 25 May 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/

 - The Philadelphia Analytics Meetup will feature Apache SystemML on 25 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Philadelphia-Analytics-Meetup/events/231102733/

 - The Scotland Data Science & Technology MeetUp will feature Apache Spark on 26 May 2016 in Edinburgh http://www.meetup.com/Scotland-Data-Science-Technology-Meetup/events/229687801/

 - The London Machine Learning Study Group will feature Apache Quarks on 26 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/London-Machine-Learning-Study-Group/events/230434565/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords will be held 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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/featherwearand http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday May 13, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 13 May 2016

We're wrapping a great week at ApacheCon and Apache: Big Data more educated, enlightened, and with 50% more new attendees! And as anticipated, the Apache community has been hard at work around the globe as well. Here's what's happened:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 May 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Fundraising & Sponsorship –the ASF relies on individual donors and corporate sponsors to help bolster existing projects, incubate new initiatives, and promote meritocratic, community-driven development "The Apache Way".
 - Welcome to LeaseWeb as a Platinum Sponsor, and ODPi as a Gold Sponsor http://apache.org/foundation/thanks

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Even whilst offsite at ApacheCon, 7M+ weekly checks yield top shelf performance at 99.80% uptime. Well done, Mighty Infra! http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Recordings of sessions and keynotes will be announced soon. Watch this space.
 - Next up: Europe! 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain. Details forthcoming at http://apachecon.com/

Apache Apex™ –an enterprise grade native YARN big data-in-motion platform that unifies stream and batch processing.
 - Apache Apex Core 3.4.0 released http://apex.apache.org/downloads.html

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

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.17.1 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache Commons™ Crypto –a cryptographic library optimized with AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions).
 - Apache Commons Crypto component established http://commons.apache.org/crypto

Apache Commons™ CSV –library that provides a simple interface for reading and writing CSV files of various types.
 - Apache Commons CSV 1.3 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-csv/download_csv.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.10.3 and Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.4.2 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Portals™ –a robust, full-featured, commercial-quality, and freely available Portal related software on a wide variety of platforms and programming languages.
 - Apache Portals Jetspeed 2.3.1 released http://portals.apache.org/jetspeed-2/download.html

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 0.10.1 and 1.0.1 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.5 GA released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts-ga

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDK's.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.7 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-native.cgi

Apache Wicket™ –an Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework that powers thousands of Web applications and Web sites for governments, stores, universities, cities, banks, email providers, and more.
 - Apache Wicket 6.23.0 and 7.3.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/wicket/6.23.0 and http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/wicket/7.3.0

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can search through the full Apache archives --30M+ emails across 21 years-- with the new https://lists.apache.org/ service?

 - Did you know that China Rail (the world's largest nationalized railway system) process 40K transactions per second using Apache Geode (incubating)? http://geode.apache.org/

 - Did you know that we're always looking for great ways to highlight Apache projects in our "Did You Know" campaigns? Send your success stories to <press@apache.org>!


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - The SF Bay Area Apache Phoenix MeetUp will hold the first-ever PhoenixCon on 25 May 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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/featherwearand http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday May 06, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 6 May 2016

As we're making our final preparations for Vancouver, here's what the Apache community has been working on over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 May 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield smashing "three nines" performance at 99.95% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us at Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR http://apachecon.com/
 - Event highlights on FeatherCast http://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Developers share why they attend https://www.linux.com/blog/5-developers-explain-why-they-attend-apachecon

Apache Commons™ NET –library that implements the client side of many basic Internet protocols.
 - Apache Commons NET 3.5 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-net/download_net.cgi

Apache Commons™ Validator –building blocks for both client side validation and server side data validation.
 - Apache Commons Validator 1.5.1 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-validator/download_validator.cgi

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 5.5.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/java/5.5.1

Apache Mynewt (Incubating) – a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 0.8.0-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/incubator/mynewt/apache-mynewt-0.8.0-incubating

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, open source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 5.5.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/solr/5.5.1


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Global Payments technology company Blue Snap uses Apache Wicket for its eCommerce platform? http://wicket.apache.org/

 - Did you know that technology provider PTC's Vuforia augmented reality platform uses Apache Syncope for its identity management? http://syncope.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache project anniversaries in May include: Forrest and Geronimo (12 years); Tomcat (11 years); OpenJPA, POI, TomEE, and Turbine (9 years); Tuscany (8 years); Libcloud (5 years); Giraph, Hama, and ManifoldCF (4 years); Phoenix and Stratos (2 years); and Whimsy (1 year)? https://projects.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The Stockholm Hadoop User Group will feature Apache Impala on 11 May http://www.meetup.com/stockholm-hug/events/228082101/

 - Big Data Frankfurt v 2.0 will take place on 12 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Frankfurt/events/227415048/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - The SF Bay Area Apache Phoenix MeetUp will hold the first-ever PhoenixCon on 25 May 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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/featherwearand http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Apr 29, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 29 April 2016

Countdown to ApacheCon --10 days to go for the ASF's official conference + Apache: Big Data! And, as always, the Apache community keeps the wheel turning ... here's what happened over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 May 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield ongoing splendid performance at 99.71% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us at Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR http://apachecon.com/
 - Event highlights on FeatherCast http://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Developers share why they attend https://www.linux.com/blog/5-developers-explain-why-they-attend-apachecon

Apache Apex™ –Open Source enterprise-grade unified Big Data stream and batch processing engine for Apache Hadoop.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Apex as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/5YzB

Apache Geode (incubating) –data management platform that provides a database-like consistency model, reliable transaction processing and a shared-nothing architecture to maintain very low latency performance with high concurrency processing.
 - Apache Geode 1.0.0-incubating.M2 released http://geode.incubator.apache.org/releases/

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 1.2.14 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Knox™ –a REST API Gateway for providing secure access to the data and processing resources of Hadoop clusters.
 - Apache Knox 0.9.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/knox/0.9.0

Apache Lucy™ –search engine library provides full-text search for a variety of programming languages.
 - Apache Lucy 0.5.1 and Apache Clownfish 0.5.1 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 1.8.12 and 2.0.1 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache MyFaces™ Tobago –a well designed set of user interface components based on JSF.
 - Apache Tobago 3.0.0-alpha-3 released http://myfaces.apache.org/tobago/

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Solr Reference Guide for 6.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/ref-guide/apache-solr-ref-guide-6.0.pdf

Apache Subversion™ –enterprise-class centralized version control for the masses.
 - Apache Subversion 1.8.16 and 1.9.4 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#supported-releases


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Apache DeltaSpike has celebrated its 25th release? http://deltaspike.apache.org/

 - Did you know that IBM uses graph databases such as Apache Tinkerpop to catch digital con artists in the act? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

 - Did you know that ASF Brand Management has a new Twitter account for Apache Project trademarks, and other brand-related issues? https://twitter.com/ASFBrands


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - DFW Data Science will feature Apache Lucene, Solr, and Mahout on 2 May 2016 in Addison http://www.meetup.com/DFW-Data-Science/events/228248271/

 - Apache Flink MeetUp to take place 4 May 2016 in London http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-London-Meetup/

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The Stockholm Hadoop User Group will feature Apache Impala on 11 May http://www.meetup.com/stockholm-hug/events/228082101/

 - Big Data Frankfurt v 2.0 will take place on 12 May 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Frankfurt/events/227415048/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - The SF Bay Area Apache Phoenix MeetUp will hold the first-ever PhoenixCon on 25 May 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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/featherwearand http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Monday Apr 25, 2016

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

Open Source enterprise-grade unified Big Data stream and batch processing engine for Apache Hadoop in use at GE, Silver Spring Networks, and more.

Forest Hill, MD –25 April 2016– 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® Apex™ 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 Apex is a large scale, high throughput, low latency, fault tolerant, unified Big Data stream and batch processing platform for the Apache Hadoop® ecosystem.

"It is very exciting to see Apex after nearly 4 years since inception becoming an ASF top-level project," said Thomas Weise, Vice President of Apache Apex. "It opens the strong capabilities and potential of the platform to a wider audience and we’re looking forward to a growing community to continue driving innovation in the stream processing space."

Recognized by InfoWorld for its "blazing speed and simplified programmability," Apex works in conjunction with Apache Hadoop YARN, a resource management platform for working with Hadoop clusters.

Apex was originally created at DataTorrent Inc. in 2012 (coinciding with the first alpha release of YARN), and entered the Apache Incubator in August 2015.

Apex enables streaming analytics on Apache Hadoop with an enterprise-grade platform. It has been built to leverage the underlying infrastructure provided by YARN and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System), including resource management, multi-tenancy and security. 

Faster to Deployment
Apache Apex meets the demands of today's Big Data applications with real-time reporting, monitoring, and learning with millisecond data point precision. Its pipeline processing architecture can be used for real-time and batch processing in a unified architecture. Apex is highly performant, linearly scalable, fault tolerant, stateful, secure, distributed, easily operable with low latency, no data loss, and exactly-once semantics.

Apex streamlines development and productization of Hadoop applications and lowers the barrier-to-entry by enabling developers to write or re-use generic Java code, minimizing the specialized expertise needed to write Big Data applications. This allows organizations to maximize developer productivity, accelerate development of business logic, and reduce time to market.

"Apache Apex is an example of the latest generation of advanced stream processing software that adds significant technology and capabilities over previous options," said Ted Dunning, Vice President of the Apache Incubator, Apache Apex Incubator Mentor, and Chief Application Architect at MapR Technologies. "That this project came to Apache and is now a fully fledged project is very exciting."

Apex comes with a comprehensive library of reusable operators (functional building blocks) that can be leveraged to quickly create new and non-trivial applications. This also includes connectors to integrate with many external systems that include message buses, databases, file systems and social media feeds. Examples are Apache Cassandra, Apache HBase, JDBC, and Apache Kafka.

"Apache Apex is a battle-hardened technology, processing huge volumes of streaming data at some of the world’s largest enterprise and Internet companies," said technology advisor Eric Baldeschwieler. "Its successful Apache incubation has provided a tremendous boost to Apex, bringing many new members to its community of users and developers."

Enterprise Grade Unified Stream and Batch Processing
Apache Apex use cases include ingestion, fast real-time analytics, data movement, Extract-Transform-Load (ETL), fast batch, alerts, and real-time actions across diverse industries such as programmatic advertising, telecommunications, Internet of Things (IoT), and financial services.

"We are in the process of leveraging Big Data technologies to transform business processes and drive more value," explained Reid Levesque, Head of Solution Engineering at a financial services company. "We chose Apex to help us in this journey to do real-time ingestion and analytics on our various data sources and now we are proud to see it graduate to an Apache top level project."

Apex powers Big Data projects in production at numerous large enterprises such as GE Predix (IoT Cloud platform for industrial data and analytics); PubMatic (marketing automation software platform for publishers), and Silver Spring Networks (IoT solutions for smart cities).

"We at GE Predix data services have used Apex for our data pipeline product and look forward to our continued usage and contribution," said Parag Goradia, Executive Director of Predix Data Services. "We had great experience with Apache Apex and its capabilities. We believe Apex has a bright future as it will continue to solve big problems in the big data industry. We are proud to be associated with this project and excited that it is now in top level status."

"The Apex community has done a great job throughout the incubation process. They have built a robust community and demonstrated a firm understanding of The Apache Way," said P. Taylor Goetz, ASF Member and Apache Apex Incubator Mentor. "I'm pleased to see Apex graduate to a top-level project. These are exciting times in the world of stream processing."

"Congratulations to the Apache Apex community for working successfully through the incubation process and becoming part of the greater Apache Hadoop ecosystem," added Dunning.

Catch Apache Apex in action at:

Availability and Oversight
Apache Apex 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 Apex, visit http://apex.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheApex

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 5,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday Apr 22, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 April 2016

Whilst we're ramping up for the ASF's official conference, here's what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 May 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield ongoing marvelous performance at 99.89% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us at Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR http://apachecon.com/ and be sure to catch upcoming event highlights on FeatherCast http://feathercast.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ IO –a Java library of utilities to assist with developing IO functionality.
 - Apache Commons IO 2.5 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-io/upgradeto2_5.html

Apache Fortress™ –a standards-based access management system, written in Java, that provides role-based access control, delegated administration and password policy services with LDAP.
 - Apache Fortress 1.0.0 released http://directory.apache.org/fortress/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 1.5.1 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.6.1 release http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache POI™ –well-known in the Java field as a library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 3.15-beta1 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html

Apache SINGA (incubating) –a general distributed deep learning platform for training big deep learning models over large datasets.
 - Apache SINGA (incubating) 0.3.0 released http://singa.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.28.1 GA, Apache Struts 2.3.20.3 GA, and Apache Struts 2.3.24.3 GA released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts23281 , http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts23203 , and http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts23243

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 7.0.69 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Apache Usergrid is a graph database with a REST API? http://usergrid.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Swiss International Air Lines uses Apache Wicket for its eStore? http://wicket.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache project anniversaries in April include CXF (8 years); Avro, HBase, Mahout, Nutch, Tika, and Traffic Server (6 years); Creadur and Jena (4 years); DeltaSpike (3 years); and ORC and Parquet (1 year)? https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - The SF Bay Area Apache Phoenix MeetUp will hold the first-ever PhoenixCon on 25 May 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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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Sunday Apr 17, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 April 2016

We've had a pleasantly productive week! Let's take a peek at what happened:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield ongoing great performance at 99.08% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - NEW: event highlights featured on FeatherCast! http://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Register for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

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 1.4.0 released http://allura.apache.org/

Apache Ant™ –a Java library and command-line tool that helps building software.
 - Apache Ant 1.9.7 released http://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi

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

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.16.3 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 1.2.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/hbase/1.2.1/

Apache Kudu (incubating) –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu 0.8.0 released http://getkudu.io/releases/0.8.0/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 6.0.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html

Apache Mahout™ –creates an environment for quickly creating machine learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance parallel computation engines available.
 - Apache Mahout 0.12.0 released http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.11.2/

Apache MyFaces™ Core –a JavaServer™ Faces 2.2 implementation as specified by JSR-344.
 - Apache MyFaces Core v2.2.10 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache Qpid™ JMS –newer AMQP 1.0 JMS client, based around the Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.9.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 6.0.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 1.0 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Yetus™ –a collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects.
 - Apache Yetus 0.2.1 released https://yetus.apache.org/downloads/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that in analyzing 70M comments on The Guardian, Apache Spark was used to query very large amounts of data from multiple sources? http://spark.apache.org/

 - Did you know that CERN uses Apache Hadoop and Apache Impala (incubating) for distributed Big Data management? http://hadoop.apache.org/ and http://impala.incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Tomcat has a new YouTube channel that features v8.5, v9, TLS, Connector and more? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpqpJ0-G1lYfUBQ6_36Au_g


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Spark & Hadoop User Group Munich present Spark Kickoff MeetUp on 14 April 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Hadoop-User-Group-Munich/events/228725964/

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal --CFP open! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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 Apr 01, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 8 April 2016

Apparently with the April Fool's excitement https://s.apache.org/P1Kk last week's News Round-up never made it online to blogs.apache.org! So here's what happened over the past two weeks:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. 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.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield sunshine-y performance at 99.36% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - ENDS 10 APRIL: Early Registration for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.15.6 and 2.17.0 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache Commons™ Compress –library for working with zip, ar, jar, bz2, cpio, tar, gz, dump, pack200, lzma, 7z, arj and xz files.
 - Apache Commons Compress 1.11 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-compress/download_compress.cgi

Apache Commons™ Configuration –a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Commons Configuration 2.0 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-configuration/download_configuration.cgi

Apache Fortress™ –a standards based Access Management System for LDAPv3 compliant systems.
 - Apache Fortress 1.0-RC42 released http://directory.apache.org/fortress/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ – a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.10.2, Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.13, and Jackrabbit Oak 1.5.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lens™ –a Unified Analytics interface.
 - Apache Lens 2.5.0-beta released http://lens.apache.org/releases/download.html

Apache Lucy™ –search engine library provides full-text search for a variety of programming languages.
 - Apache Lucy 0.5.0 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache Lucy™ Clownfish –symbiotic object system pairs with host dynamic language environments and facilitates the development of high performance host language extensions.
 - Apache Clownfish 0.5.0 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache MyFaces™ Core –a JavaServer Faces 2.0 implementation as specified by JSR-314.
 - MyFaces Core v2.1.18 and v2.0.24 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache Mynewt (incubating) –a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 0.8.0-b2-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/incubator/mynewt/apache-mynewt-0.8.0-b2-incubating

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.6.0 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache OFBiz™ –an Open Source product for the automation of enterprise processes that includes framework components and business applications.
 - Apache OFBiz 12.04.06 and 13.07.03 released http://ofbiz.apache.org/download.html

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library that enables developers to implement OData service providers (server) and consumers (clients) for OData V2 and V4.
 - Apache Olingo 4.2.0 released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/odata4/download.html

Apache OpenMeetings™ –provides 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 OpenMeetings 3.1.0 and 3.1.1. released http://openmeetings.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.0-M2 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tajo™ –Big Data warehouse that provides distributed and scalable SQL analytical processing on Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Tajo 0.11.2 released http://tajo.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 8.0.33 and 8.5.0 BETA available http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache UIMA™ uimaFIT –a library that facilitates the building of Apache UIMA components, the programmatic use of Apache UIMA analysis pipelines, and their testing.
 - Apache uimaFIT 2.2.0 released http://uima.apache.org/downloads.cgi#Latest Official Releases

Apache Wave (incubating) –a distributed, near-real-time, rich collaboration platform that allows users to work together in new and exciting ways.
 - Apache Wave Release 0.4.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/wave/0.4.0-incubating/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the metadata from 11.5 million Panama Papers was extracted and searched using Apache Tika and Apache Solr? http://tika.apache.org/ and http://lucene.apache.org/solr/

 - Did you know that Cisco uses Apache Hadoop and Apache Mahout in security intelligence operations? http://hadoop.apache.org/ and http://mahout.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Uber uses Apache Kafka, Apache Parquet and Apache Spark to optimize customer experience? http://kafka.apache.org/ http://parquet.apache.org/ and http://spark.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Spark & Hadoop User Group Munich present Spark Kickoff MeetUp on 14 April 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Hadoop-User-Group-Munich/events/228725964/

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal --CFP open! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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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Announcing creation of the Hadoop Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the creation of the independent Hadoop Software Foundation (HSF), the new governing body for big data's biggest software program, Apache® Hadoop®.

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The Apache Software Foundation welcomes Apache Apache

The Apache Software Foundation is very proud to announce that all of the navigational, combat, and avionics software of the Apache AH64 Attack Helicopter is being open sourced by Boeing, Inc, and will be entering the Apache Incubator as Apache Apache.[Read More]

Friday Mar 25, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 25 March 2016

Today is the 17th Anniversary of The Apache Software Foundation! Thank you to the dedicated developers, loyal users, tireless contributors, and countless enthusiasts behind Apache's diverse products, brand, and community. ASF Chairman Brett Porter and I have highlighted 17 ways Apache has grown from strength to strength https://s.apache.org/eqwI

Join us in wishing the ASF many happy returns! And, of course, below is a summary of our accomplishments over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Membership –from the inaugural membership of 21 individuals, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents.
 - New Member voting complete; new Members will be announced within 30 days https://wiki.apache.org/general/MemberVoting
 - New Board elected: welcome newcomers Isabel Drost-Fromm, Marvin Humphrey, and Mark Thomas, who join re-elected Board members Shane Curcuru, Bertrand Delacretaz, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, and Greg Stein. Special thanks to outgoing Board members Rich Bowen, David Nalley, and Sam Ruby for their invaluable service! http://apache.org/foundation/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Now 7M+ weekly checks yield precision-level performance at 99.99% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Keynotes + Program announced for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

Apache Calcite™ –dynamic data management framework.
 - Apache Calcite 1.7.0 and Avatica 1.7.1 released http://calcite.apache.org/news/2016/03/22/release-1.7.0/ and http://calcite.apache.org/avatica/downloads/

Apache Commons™ Math –a library of lightweight, self-contained mathematics and statistics components addressing the most common problems not available in the Java programming language or Commons Lang.
 - Apache Commons Math 3.6.1 Released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-math/download_math.cgi

Apache Kylin™ –Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data distributed analytics engine.
 - Apache Kylin 1.5.0 released https://kylin.apache.org/download/

Apache PDFBox™ –Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - The Apache® Software Foundation announces Apache PDFBox™ v2.0 https://s.apache.org/Ly9B

Apache Qpid™ Proton –an AMQP 1.0 messaging library that can be used in a wide range of messaging applications including brokers, clients, routers, bridges, proxies, and more.
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.12.1 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.28 GA released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts2328

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF has been accepted as a 2016 Google Summer of Code Mentoring Organization since the program began in 2005? Students and Mentors welcome! http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

 - Did you know that the Apache Commons community has accepted Chimera as new Apache Commons component? http://markmail.org/message/4qf3qtkwdqcre7tj

 - Did you know that you can preview the new Apache Syncope v2.0 dashboard? http://syncope.tirasa.net/news/apache-syncope-2.0.0-dashboard.html


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

 - 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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Celebrating 17 Years of The Apache Software Foundation

17 years ago today, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) incorporated with the mission of producing software for the public good.

The Foundation's commitment to fostering a collaborative approach to development has long served as a model for producing consistently high quality software and helping advance the future of open development. The ASF's collaborative leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process serve as best practices widely embraced by organizations and individuals alike.

Our success is testament to all of the developers, users, contributors, and enthusiasts behind Apache's products, brand, and community. We are proud to celebrate the innovations that continue to make it all possible and have highlighted 17 ways Apache has grown from strength to strength. Here's to the next 17 years!

–Brett Porter, ASF Chairman, and Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity

  1. "A Patchy" Server?

    Did you know that the name "Apache" was chosen from respect for the various Native American nations collectively referred to as Apache, well-known for their superior skills in warfare strategy and their inexhaustible endurance? It also makes a cute pun on "a patchy Web server" –a server made from a series of patches– but this was not its origin. The group of developers who released this new server software soon started to call themselves the "Apache Group". 21 years after its inception, the Apache HTTP Web Server remains the most popular Web server on the planet.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/faq.html#name
    http://httpd.apache.org/ABOUT_APACHE.html

  2. Birth of a Foundation

    Did you know that the ASF incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation in order to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers? Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to collaborative open-source software development, through sustained participation and contributions within the Foundation's projects, are eligible for membership in the ASF. The ASF is governed by the community it most directly serves –the people collaborating within its projects. Today the ASF develops, stewards, and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives; through its leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process known as the "Apache Way", the ASF has been hailed as one of the most successful influencers in Open Source.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/
    http://apache.org/foundation/records/certificate.html

  3. The Apache Feather

    Did you know that the original Apache feather logo and first Website were developed by ASF co-founder Randy Terbush in his bedroom office in Lincoln, Nebraska? This was at the same time that Randy registered the apache.org domain (11 April 1995). He states: "As a group, having chosen the 'Apache' name, out of a genuine respect for Native American resourcefulness and in particular, Apache tribal structure … the feather being a sacred symbol to man tribes seemed like a natural fit. The colors represented to me this 'awakening' that we were experiencing with the advent of the WWW." In 2016 the ASF logo and feather were updated for the first time in history, while remaining true to the original ideal.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/press/kit/

  4. Expansive Growth

    Did you know that the ASF has scaled 35,000% over 16 years with very limited resources? Beginning with an inaugural membership of 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server, the ASF has grown to 588 individual Members and 5,427 Committers collaborating across six continents. All development is done on a volunteer basis –some Committers may be paid by their employers for their time and code contributions, but the ASF does not pay for software or project oversight.

    Learn more at http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html

  5. Committers + Members

    Did you know that the meritocratic "Contributor-Committer-Member" approach is the central governing process across the Apache ecosystem? Additions to the core Apache Group of 21 individuals grew with developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation. Some of these contributors were subsequently granted "Committer" status by the Membership, providing access to: 1) commit (write) directly to the code repository, 2) vote on community-related decisions, and 3) propose an active user for Committership. Those Committers that demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members.

    Learn more at http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
    http://apache.org/foundation/governance/orgchart
    http://apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#roles
    http://people.apache.org/phonebook.html

  6. 300+ Projects and Counting

    Did you know that 171 committees oversee 286 Apache projects, in addition to dozens of sub-projects and initiatives? Since its inception, the ASF has long been recognized as a leading source for Open Source network-server, network-client, and library tools that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. From Abdera to Zookeeper, the demand for ASF's reliable, enterprise-grade software continues to grow dramatically across several categories, most notably Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace. In 2015, Apache products were featured more than 400 times in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports.

    Learn more at https://projects.apache.org/

  7. "If it didn't happen on-list, it didn't happen."

    Did you know that all official communications at the ASF is done via mailing lists? These "virtual meeting rooms" where conversations happen asynchronously, is a general requirement for groups that are so geographically distributed to cover all time zones (as is the case for nearly all Apache communities). Building upon the transparency-oriented culture of the Apache Group, whose collaboration took place on email lists, millions of messages are archived on 1,475 Apache publicly-accessible mailing lists, documenting the ASF's achievements over the past decade.

    Learn more at http://www.apache.org/dev/contributors.html
    http://status.apache.org/#commits
    http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
    http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/

  8. Project Oversight

    Did you know that all Apache projects are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors? The ASF does not lead the technical direction of Apache projects: Project Management Committees (PMCs) guide a Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. The ASF Board appoints a Vice President (an officer of the corporation) to serve as the Chair of the PMC. The primary role of a PMC Chair is administrative, including providing quarterly reports to the board about the health and status of their project; a Chair's participation carries no additional weight or influence on a project, with one vote on project matters just like other PMC members.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/
    http://www.apache.org/foundation/governance/pmcs.html
    http://s.apache.org/RYD

  9. Incubating New Innovations

    Did you know that projects and communities intending to become fully-fledged Apache projects do so through the Apache Incubator? This includes code donations from external organizations as well as established projects such as Groovy, which became an Apache Top-Level Project in November 2015. There are 54 projects (known as "podlings") currently undergoing development in the Apache Incubator and 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs innovation "sandbox" for testing technical concepts. An exception is Apache Zest, which has the unique designation as 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, 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).

    Learn more at http://incubator.apache.org/
    http://labs.apache.org/
    http://s.apache.org/O4p

  10. Level Playing Field

    Did you know that Apache projects must be governed independently of commercial influence? As a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organization, the ASF and all Apache projects do not take sides, or endorse or support any particular vendor over other vendors. In addition, with the belief that competition is a good thing, the ASF does not discourage the development of "competing" products. The ASF's vendor-neutral collaborative environment enables third parties to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model.

    Learn more at http://community.apache.org/projectIndependence.html

  11. Global Footprint

    Did you know the majority of the world's top-ranked Websites, from Google to Wikipedia to weibo.com, are powered by Apache? Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide, and can be found in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones. Mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, Big Data, Cloud computing, mobile, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, development frameworks, foundational libraries, and many other categories, depend on Apache software. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License and open development model are widely recognized as among the best ways to ensure open standards gain traction and adoption. To date, hundreds of thousands of software solutions have been distributed under the Apache License, with Web requests from within every UN-recognized nation.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/licenses/

  12. Meritocracy in Action

    Did you know that the ASF averages 16,000 code commits each month? The ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code by countless contributors across the Open Source landscape. Apache Committers have the responsibility to the collective community to help create a product that will outlive the interest of any particular volunteer, and that the code committed should be clear enough that others not involved in its current development will be able to maintain and extend it. Additionally, Apache code Committers are responsible for helping to grow and maintain the health of the Apache community.

    Learn more at https://projects.apache.org/releases.html
    http://www.apache.org/dev/committers.html

  13. Events and Face-to-Face Activities

    Did you know that one of the best ways to learn about the technologies and projects at the ASF is to meet us in person? ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference series, brings developers and users together to explore key issues in building Open Source solutions "The Apache Way". The ASF believes in providing participants at all levels the chance to learn first-hand from the developers and experts behind our projects, software, and community, and offers travel assistance to select qualified candidates who would otherwise be unable to attend various ApacheCon events. In addition to ApacheCon, the Apache community at-large holds numerous events, including BarCamps, Hackathons, MeetUps, key signings, and more, in North America, Europe, and Asia. The next ApacheCon, along with Apache: Big Data, will take place 9-13 May 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Join us!

    Learn more at http://apachecon.com/
    http://apache.org/foundation/conferences.html
    http://apache.org/events/meetups.html
    http://www.apache.org/travel/

  14. Community Over Code

    Did you know that the ASF's Community Development (ComDev) team helps newcomers learn about Apache projects, governance, and activities, and guides them in becoming part of the meritocratic, all-volunteer Apache community? "Community Over Code" is the cornerstone of the Foundation's core tenets, underscoring open collaboration amongst the ASF's 500+ Members and 5,000+ Committers through respectful, honest, technically-focused interaction. A key Apache community outreach channel is the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), where the ASF has served as a mentoring organization since the program's creation in 2005. Each year, the ASF mentors 30-45 GSoC students, providing exposure to real-world software and community development "The Apache Way". Countless GSoC students mentored by the Apache community continue to be long-term code committers on a variety of Apache projects, with some active program participants elected as Members of the ASF.

    Learn more at http://community.apache.org/
    http://s.apache.org/AQJ

  15. Help Wanted

    Did you know that the newly-launched "Help Wanted" application can help match volunteers with various Apache projects and activities that are seeking assistance? Whilst this project is just getting started, the intent is to both improve the retention of eager new volunteers, as well as find ways to get some long-outstanding projects completed. Watch this space as we build the list: we look forward to your participation!

    Learn more at http://helpwanted.apache.org/
    http://www.apache.org/dev/contributors.html

  16. Infrastructure

    Did you know that each day millions of people across the globe access the ASF's two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts? The ASF's 3 continent-distributed Infrastructure team (comprising 10 rotating volunteers and 5 paid staff) keep Apache services running running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project. As the ASF is a purely virtual organization, it does not have offices or buildings; its only physical existence is the technical infrastructure that enables it to operate.

    Learn more at http://status.apache.org/
    http://www.apache.org/dev/infrastructure.html
    http://www.apache.org/dev/

  17. Corporate Roles + Sponsorship

    Did you know that as a United States private, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals? Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services. In addition to accepting donations via Bitcoin, PayPal, Amazon, and used car program, ASF Sponsorship raises critical funds that helps offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, brand management and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff. The ASF does not permit corporations to participate directly in Apache project management or related governance activities. As the ASF is vendor neutral, participation is limited to individuals, irrespective of affiliation or employment status.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
    http://www.apache.org/foundation/contributing.html
    http://s.apache.org/oLh
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