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Friday December 14, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 14 December 2018

Happy Friday! Let's review what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Two weeks remain to make a tax-deductible donation to the ASF in 2018! 750+ generous contributors donated $80K+ as part of our Individual Giving campaigns. Every dollar counts! http://donate.apache.org

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 December. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 2019 will take place 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield grand performance at 99.64% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 469 Apache contributors changed 968,811 lines of code over 2,704 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Mark Robert Miller, Mark Thomas, Andrew Purtell, Andrea Cosentino, and Matteo Merli.

Apache Beam™ –an Open Source unified programming model to define and execute Big Data processing pipelines.
 - Apache Beam 2.9.0 released https://beam.apache.org/

Apache Calcite™ Avatica –a framework for building database drivers.
 - Apache Calcite Avatica 1.13.0 released https://calcite.apache.org/

Apache Geode™ –a Big 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 1.8.0 released http://geode.apache.org/

Apache Griffin™ –Open Source Big Data quality solution.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Griffin™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/n21m

Apache Gobblin (incubating) –a distributed data integration framework that simplifies common aspects of Big Data integration.
 - Apache Gobblin (incubating) 0.14.0 released https://gobblin.apache.org/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-faceted programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.16 released http://groovy.apache.org

Apache Hivemall (incubating) –a scalable machine learning library implemented as Hive UDFs/UDAFs/UDTFs. 
 - Apache Hivemall 0.5.2-incubating released http://hivemall.incubator.apache.org/

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 2.19.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Log4j™ Audit –a framework for performing audit logging using a predefined catalog of audit events.
 - Apache Log4j-Audit 1.0.1 released http://logging.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Apache Portable Runtime/APR (18 years); Logging Services (15 years); Cayenne, OFBiz, and Tiles (12 years); Synapse (11 years); Camel (10 years); Axis, OpenWebBeans, and Pivot (9 years); Aries (8 years); Flex (6 years); Helix (5 years); Falcon and Flink (4 years); Beam and Eagle (2 years); and Trafodion (1 year)? https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Jet.com uses Apache TinkerPop Gremlin to enable help center agents to view and edit help center content across all their communication channels? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Dremio recently donated the Gandiva Initiative code base to Apache Arrow? Improved efficiency and performance for analytics, machine learning, and data science on Arrow data structures! http://arrow.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/d2Fq

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - Flink Forward China will take place 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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Wednesday December 12, 2018

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

Open Source Big Data quality solution in use at eBay, Expedia, Huawei, JD.com, Meituan, PayPal, Pingan Bank, PPDAI, VIP.com, VMWare, and more.

Wakefield, MA —12 December 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Griffin™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Griffin is a robust Open Source Big Data quality solution for distributed data systems at any scale. It provides a unified process to measure data quality from different perspectives, as well as building and validating trusted data assets in both streaming or batch contexts. Griffin originated at eBay and entered the Apache Incubator in December 2016.

"We are very proud of Griffin reaching this important milestone," said William Guo, Vice President of Apache Griffin. "By actively improving Big Data quality, Griffin helps build trusted data assets, therefore boosting your confidence in your business." 

Apache Griffin enables data scientists/analysts to handle data quality issues by:
  • Defining –specifying data quality requirements such as accuracy, completeness, timeliness, profiling, etc.;

  • Measuring –source data ingested into the Griffin computing cluster will apply data quality measurement based on user-defined requirements; and

  • Applying Metrics –data quality reports as metrics will be exported to designated destination.

In addition, Griffin allows users to easily onboard new requirements into the platform and write comprehensive logic to further define their data quality. 

Apache Griffin is in use in high volume, high demand environments at 163.com/Netease, eBay, Expedia, Huawei, JD.com, Meituan, PayPal, Pingan Bank, PPDAI, VIP.com, and VMWare, among others.

"eBay contributed Griffin to the Apache Incubator in December 2016 to ensure its future development in a community-driven manner. It started with the idea on how eBay could address the data quality issue across multiple systems, especially in streaming context," said Vivian Tian, VP of eBay, GM - China Center of Excellence. "Griffin brings data quality solution to data ecosystem and ensure data applications have a solid quality foundation. We are extremely happy to see Griffin graduate as an Apache Top Level Project, and look forward to continued innovation and collaboration with the Apache community."

"We have been using Apache Griffin for about two years, monitoring 1000+ tables with data quality metrics, and are very happy to see it graduate to a Top-Level Project," said Chao Zhu, Senior Director at VIPshop Finance. "Apache Griffin and its data quality DSL can help us easily identify data quality issues instantly on our big data platform. In addition, Apache Griffin's architecture is highly extensible. We are looking forward to using it in real time data quality management system. We also look forward to contribute some of our minor enhancement to Griffin back to the community."

"We appreciate the Griffin project which really helps so much in our daily data jobs.After years of struggling with the complexity of data quality issues, we turned to Apache Griffin for a new platform that would simplify our data quality pipeline," said Jianfeng Liu, Director of Real-time Data Department at PPDAI. "Because of Apache Griffin's unified model for both batch and stream processing, we've been able to replace legacy systems with one solution that works seamlessly in our production environment. Griffin DSLs have allowed us to dramatically simplify our pipeline and to reduce our efforts a lot. I'm very proud and excited to see that the project is graduating."

"Apache Griffin is one of the best data quality solutions which my team has been used so far. It has been an exciting journey seeing the Griffin community evolve rapidly. And many people iteratively adopting it and contributing to newer capabilities," said Austin Sun, Senior Engineering Manager, Enterprise Service Platform at PayPal. "In PayPal risk domain, we benefit a lot from Apache Griffin to provide high quality data to make precise decision and protect our customer. In addition to PayPal risk, I knew there are several other corporates also leverages core capability from Griffin as their data quality solution. It’s my great honor to witness Griffin grows to a top level project. Way to go, Griffin."

"Apache Griffin project is yet another showcase how community over code can work for projects coming out from internal usages of companies into the open source," said Henry Saputra, ASF member and Incubator Mentor for Apache Griffin. "I am proud to be the part of the projects and mentors for the project when it was being contributed from eBay, in addition to several other projects already donated to ASF such as Apache Kylin and Eagle. The team has worked tremendously hard to adapt the Apache Way, and also shown great respect for the open source community in all the processes for design, development, and release processes.As a Top-Level Project I believe the PMC will help lead the project to much more success in the future."

"Graduation is not the end, it is the beginning of another journey. We hope to take Apache Griffin to the next level with a wider set of features and users," added Guo. "We welcome anyone to join our efforts by helping with product design, documentation, code, technical discussions or promoting Apache Griffin in The Apache Way."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Griffin 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 Griffin, visit http://griffin.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apachegriffin

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 730 individual Members and 6,800 Committers across six continents 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, and Union Investment. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday December 07, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 7 December 2018

Greetings, December: counting down to the end of the calendar year. All the while, the brilliant Apache community remains productive:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Join 730+ generous contributors who have donated nearly $80,000 to the ASF as part of our Individual Giving campaigns. Giving to the ASF feels great and is so easy --every dollar counts! http://donate.apache.org

Success at Apache –a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - Success at Apache: Cookie Monster by Isabel Drost-Fromm https://s.apache.org/cnSe

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 December. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - SAVE THE DATE: ApacheCon North America 2019 will take place 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield impressive performance at 99.53% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 470 Apache contributors changed 835,412 lines of code over 3,025 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Andrea Cosentino, Andrzej Kaczmarek, Jan Piotrowski, and Tilman Hausherr.

Apache Bahir™ –provides extensions to multiple distributed analytic platforms, such as Apache Spark, to extend their reach with diverse streaming connectors and SQL data sources.
 - Apache Bahir 2.3.2 released http://bahir.apache.org

Apache BookKeeper™ –a scalable, fault-tolerant, and low-latency storage service optimized for real-time workloads.
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.8.1 released https://bookkeeper.apache.org

Apache CouchDB™ –Open Source NoSQL document database using HTTP, JSON, and MapReduce.
 - Apache CouchDB 2.3.0 released https://couchdb.apache.org/

Apache Crail (incubating) –a high-performance distributed data store designed for fast sharing of ephemeral data in distributed data processing workloads.
 - Apache Crail 1.1-incubating released https://crail.incubator.apache.org/

Apache HBase™ –Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 2.0.3 released https://hbase.apache.org/

Apache Impala™ –a high-performance distributed SQL engine.
 -  Apache Impala 3.1.0 released https://impala.apache.org/

Apache Ignite™ –a memory-centric distributed database, caching, and processing platform for transactional, analytical, and streaming workloads delivering in-memory speeds at petabyte scale.
 - Apache Ignite 2.7.0 Vulnerable Dependecies Updates http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201812.mbox/%3CCALUCNEsCwE0fC2XCHi996%3DOdUCZZLK8WzF2KOdaLPYkZzWE_8A%40mail.gmail.com%3E

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 2.18.0 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.9.12 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Kylin™ –an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets.
 - Apache Kylin 2.5.2 released https://kylin.apache.org/

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.13 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/

Apache PLC4X (incubating) –a set of libraries for communicating with industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) using a variety of protocols but with a shared API.
 - Apache PLC4X 0.2.0 released http://plc4x.apache.org

Apache POI™ –Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 4.0.1 released https://poi.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –the latest release of the newer JMS client supporting the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464), based around the Apache Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.39.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache ServiceComb™ –a microservice framework that provides a set of tools and components to make Cloud application development and deployment easier.
 - Apache ServiceComb Service-Center 1.1.0, ServiceComb Saga 0.2.1, and Java-Chassis 1.1.0 released http://servicecomb.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDKs.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.19 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Apache UIMA™ –supports the community working on the analysis of unstructured information with a unifying Java and C++ framework, tooling, and analysis components, guided by the OASIS UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) standard.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDKs and versions 2.10.3 and 3.0.1 released http://uima.apache.org

Apache Wicket™ –Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework that powers thousands of applications and sites for governments, stores, universities, cities, banks, email providers, and more.
 - Apache Wicket 7.11.0 released http://wicket.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Omid (incubating) was selected as the transaction management provider for Apache Phoenix? http://omid.incubator.apache.org/ and http://phoenix.apache.org

 - Did you know that you can see a top-level overview of each Apache project, the category they fall under, timelines, evolution, and overall commit history at https://projects.apache.org/ ?

 - Did you know that Apache Cayenne is an Open Source Java object-to-relational mapping framework? Check out v4.0 of the "ORM superpower" https://cayenne.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/d2Fq

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - Flink Forward China will take place 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

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For real-time updates, sign up for Apache-related news by sending mail to announce-subscribe@apache.org and follow @TheASF on Twitter. For a broader spectrum from the Apache community, https://twitter.com/PlanetApache provides an aggregate of Project activities as well as the personal blogs and tweets of select ASF Committers.

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Monday December 03, 2018

Success at Apache: Cookie Monster

by Isabel Drost-Fromm

As a researcher interested in machine learning, Web- and social graphs I joined the Nutch mailing lists back in 2005 when the project was still on SourceForge. I started tinkering with Nutch Writeables to store the data I needed for my analysis – something that today some may know as Hadoop Writeables – the Nutch wiki still has a link to the material that I could get published out of those experiments: https://wiki.apache.org/nutch/AcademicArticles

After leaving academia I remained on the Nutch and Lucene mailing lists - until one day I saw the idea of an "Apache Text" project mentioned: https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/ac22faddbef946b66d544e590fe1b2a54b60215c98cc38a2f995ee06@1176254016@%3Cdev.lucene.apache.org%3E ... I got in touch with Grant Ingersoll, over the course of half a year that vague idea was turned into a plan to have a scalable machine learning project at Apache: Scalable in terms of community, dataset size but also commercially friendly when it comes to licensing – Apache Mahout was created.

Some ideas turn into something with a life on its own. The story I'm going to tell has little to do with great technical or economic achievements that were made with software developed at The Apache Software Foundation. However it has a lot to do with the kind of cross community links that exist between projects at Apache. It also has a lot to do with the fact that there are people active in Apache projects for whom the project is more than merely a day job.

But let's start at the beginning: Little over a year ago, in April or May 2017 Stefan Rudnitzki, one of my then-new colleagues at Europace AG was showing me around the office – mentioning in particular that there's space for meetups of 100 up to 200 people. It was the year when it was unclear whether or not there would be an ApacheCon EU. The combination of those two pieces of information put  an interesting idea in our heads: Why not pull ASF interested people to Berlin and have them discuss cross-community, behind-the-scenes, OSS economics, decentralized project management, coordination of work without discretionary power topics?

In a first step we ran a rough version of the idea past a handful of friends at Apache – and received encouragement. The idea got bigger, new aspects were added and we thought "Let's get more specific!".

In a working backwards model the next thing that was written was a press release (in big, bold, red letters marked as "draft, imaginary, DO NOT PUBLISH!!!!!!!") describing a conference on all things open source behind the scenes. The format helped identify important open question marks – like: 

  • "We don't have a name for the event yet!"
  • "We need to decide on a date."
  • "We need to come up with a clearer list of topics to cover."
  • "What's our target audience?"
  • "If this is a full day event – what will we do about catering?"

What helped me personally was having learnt from Sally in her ASF media training what a real press release actually should look like. 

As for the name that was found missing in the initial press release draft:  After weeks of trying several approaches to come up with a catchy name, I went to pick up my child from kindergarten. What caught my eye was a poster announcing a beneficial concert to collect donations for better equipment and toys – an *a capella* concert: .oO(FOSS A Capella?) .oO(FOSS Backstage?)

The press release formatted version of the vision was first run by Europace – though people here are fairly regularly running after hours meetups, hosting an entire full-day conference is a slightly different scale. After the idea had been met with approval here, it was run by the Apache Community Development mailing list – which we used to keep current planning status transparent and public. 

With the idea out in the open it grew beyond something that can easily be run as a small side project. Years ago to create Berlin Buzzwords I had been working together with an event agency called newthinking communications GmbH. They were founded in 2003 by Andreas Gebhard and Markus Beckedahl in the spirit to create a network on the interface between digital technologies and society. Today, the focus lies in the organisation of events such as Berlin Buzzwords and FOSS Backstage as well as content management services (based on Drupal) for NGOs and political parties as well the conferences named above. So I got in touch with newthinking – and was delighted to receive "Sure, we are going to help out" as an answer. 

So, what about the cookies? One of the first offers I received after publishing that we were to run a FOSS Backstage full day Micro Summit in November 2017 was: "If you need support with providing cookies for the coffee break – I'm happy  to bake some, if there's no more than 40 attendees." Half jokingly I responded that I would add another 40 cookies, lest someone sends me a 3D model of an ASF feather cookie cutter. Lo and behold  the next thing I know is that someone sends me a model file for an ASF cookie cutter (which by now even made it to the then VP trademarks – who was interested in putting it to good use himself). Just a few weeks later I attended Open Source Summit in Prague. Guess what happened? Someone who knew I'd be there brought some printed cookie cutters with him from Australia.

In the meantime we had a one day / two tracks FOSS Backstage Micro Summit in November 2017 kindly hosted by Europace AG. I was able to talk several people into baking ASF cookies (including sugar coatings in the appropriate colours). In addition with the support of both, Newthinking communications GmbH, the ASF planners, and the ASF community development PMC an Apache Roadshow was co-located with the actual FOSS Backstage in June this year – a two day, multiple tracks event featuring Danese Cooper and Shane Coughlan for keynotes, a host of speakers with all sorts of relevant and inspiring stories to share, as well as fishbowl discussions on topics like Open Source monetization. One of the loveliest feedback we received: "This doesn't feel like an inaugural conference, given the professional organisation. You surely did manage to successfully invite people from a great variety of FOSS projects and foundations."

Having a press release draft ready was helpful when starting to drum up interest for the real event: With all details filled in, the "Draft/ Do not share"-warning removed it ended up getting sent to the press and published for real.

We started with a scope of all things FOSS economics, decentralised organisation, cross-cultural team-building, volunteer motivation, licensing and legal. In 2019 we want to align these aspects towards InnerSource, work collaboration principles and modern work models so that teams, companies and organisations can learn from the experiences we all make while working on Open Source projects. We are glad to have the event backed by newthinking GmbH next year again.


Isabel Drost-Fromm is (currently board-) member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Interested in all things search and text mining with a thorough background in open source project management and open collaboration she is working Europace AG as Open Source Strategist. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit –- as a result she co-founded and is still one the creative heads behind both, Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage as well as FOSS Backstage, a conference on all things Free and Open Source behind the scenes and how it interrelates with business and InnerSource.

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"Success at Apache" is a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works" https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

Friday November 30, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 30 November 2018

Farewell, November: you certainly were a fast-moving month. This past week was fast-moving as well, with the following activities from the Apache community:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - From Giving Tuesday to every day, more than 700 generous contributors have donated nearly $80,000 to the ASF as part of our Individual Giving campaigns. Giving to the ASF feels great and is so easy --every dollar counts! https://s.apache.org/9cCy

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August - October 2018 https://s.apache.org/d2Fq
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 December. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - SAVE THE DATE: ApacheCon North America 2019 will take place 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/
 - POSTPONED: Apache Roadshow DC/Open Source Job Fair. Watch this space for new dates.

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield symmetrical performance at 98.89% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 498 Apache contributors changed 941,670 lines of code over 2,745 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Till Rohrmann, Jan Piotrowski, Tellier Benoit, Chun-Hung Hsiao, and Andrzej Kaczmarek.

Apache Bigtop™ –packaging and interoperability testing of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
 - Apache Bigtop 1.3.0 released https://bigtop.apache.org/

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate Big Data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.7.0 released https://flink.apache.org/

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 2.17.7 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Proton –a messaging library for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464).
 - Apache Qpid Proton-J 0.31.0 released http://qpid.apache.org

Apache Traffic Server™ –a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 compliant caching proxy server.
 - Apache Traffic Server v7.1.5 and v8.0.1 released https://trafficserver.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can find the logos of (nearly) all Apache projects at http://www.apache.org/logos/ ? Thanks to Apache Community Development (ComDev) for leading the effort on this! http://community.apache.org/

 - Did you know that new podlings in the Apache Incubator include BRPC, Marvin-AI, Pinot, ShardingSphere, and Zipkin? http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that, contrary to popular belief, the Apache Weekly News Round-ups aren't auto-generated, but individually written by ASF Vice President Marketing & Publicity? 229 published thus far and going strong...


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q1 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/qiKn

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - Flink Forward China will take place 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

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Thursday November 29, 2018

The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August - October 2018

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2019 (August - October 2018)

"There have been no signs Apache will stop growing."
Nick Ismail, InformationAge

> Conferences and Events: During Q2, we conducted one event, and were in the midst of planning three others.

  • ApacheCon North America 2018, September 24-27 | Montreal, Canada — This event was our 30th ApacheCon, and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first ApacheCon in San Francisco in 1998. This was an intentionally smaller event, produced mostly in house, with the assistance of volunteer producer Ruth Suehle, as well as a cast of characters from around the Foundation. We had roughly 350 in attendance, and were able to turn a small profit on the entire venture. Video from the event may be viewed at https://s.apache.org/oUA1 (Keynotes) and audio from the event may be found at https://feathercast.apache.org/ (the rest of the presentations). Keynotes included Cliff Schmidt, Myrle Krantz, Bridget Kromhout, and Dave Neuman, and Fred Reiss, all of whom delivered inspiring talks about the role of open source in making the world a better place, with an emphasis on how open source helps the underprivileged of the world. Bertrand Delacretaz delivered the traditional State Of The Feather address on behalf of the Foundation.

  • Apache North America Road Show, December 4 | Fairfax, VA — During this quarter, we were actively working towards the Apache North America Roadshow, which will be held at George Mason University on December 4th of this year. This event is led by Kevin McGrail, in conjunction with GMU. You can read more about this event at http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/

  • ApacheCon North America 2019 — During this quarter we were investigating venues for ApacheCon North America 2019, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ASF. We expect to announce dates and venue in the coming quarter.

  • ApacheCon EU 2019 — During this quarter we were in discussion with a producer in Europe for the production of ApacheCon EU 2019, which is tentatively planned to be in Berlin. Details, dates, and venue should be announced in the coming quarter.


Sponsorship: as always, if you are interested in sponsoring ApacheCon, or other Apache events, we encourage you to get in touch with the sponsorship team, who can provide you with all active prospectuses at that time.

> Community Development: During this quarter our focus was helping prepare for and support ApacheCon NA in Montreal as well as participation in various other events.

During August one of our key activities was coordinating and setting up a central logo page and repository for high resolution logos for every single ASF project http://www.apache.org/logos/ . It was a great way to collaborate with all our projects on achieving a common goal. We now have the most recent versions of all ASF project logos available in various formats. Feedback and participation from projects was extremely positive and we now have a great resource for communities to use for marketing materials as well as reinforcing the Apache brand.

Our main focus in September was to help provide support for ApacheCon NA in Montreal. As usual we coordinated the Apache booth which is always a popular central meeting place throughout the conference. As well as speaking to conference attendees, we also had promotional material and giveaways.

We are continuing to be active in external events. During September we participated at Solutions Hamburg and for the first time had an Apache booth at the event. Once again we received very positive feedback and interest from attendees wanting to learn more about ASF activities. 

It has been nearly two years since we ran the Committer Diversity survey and in October we started discussions around re-running it. The community has been very positive and are very supportive of organizing another survey to understand how and if committer diversity has changed. It is hoped to get this done during the next quarter.

We are still receiving many requests to participate at various events and are looking running smaller Apache Roadshow style events as a way to reach audiences that may not have the capacity to attend ApacheCon.

Our mailing list subscriptions have increased this quarter and traffic is also higher reflecting the continued participation and interest, our discussions have created.

> Committers and Contributions: Over the past quarter, 1,656 contributors committed 50,346 changes that amount to 17,789,994 lines of code across Apache projects. The top 5 contributors during this timeframe were: David Moravek (920 commits), Radu Cotescu (718 commits), Andrea Cosentino (561 commits), Derek Gelinas (484 commits), and Jean-Baptiste Onofré (483 commits).

All individuals who are granted write access to the Apache repositories must submit an Individual Contributor License Agreement (ICLA). Corporations that have assigned employees to work on Apache projects as part of an employment agreement may sign a Corporate CLA (CCLA) for contributing intellectual property via the corporation. Individuals or corporations donating a body of existing software or documentation to one of the Apache projects need to execute a formal Software Grant Agreement (SGA) with the ASF. 

During Q1 FY2019, the ASF Secretary processed 182 ICLAs, 12 CCLAs, and 4 Software Grants. History of Apache committer growth can be seen at https://projects.apache.org/timelines.html

> Brand Management: Operations — The work of the Brand Management team falls broadly into one of three categories:

  • trademark transfers and registrations
  • granting permission to use our marks
  • addressing potential infringements of our marks

The volume of work has remained steady this quarter. Registrations and transfers are lengthy processes and the previous work to put in place a task tracking system continues to pay dividends. 

This quarter has seen the usual collection of requests to use Apache marks for user groups, events, merchandise and publications with nearly all requests being granted, subject to our Trademark Usage Policy. 

Registrations — The transfer of the NETBEANS mark in the EU completed this quarter. The transfer of the US registration is still in progress. We also also working on the agreements to transfer the marks associated with a number of other podlings. These typically span multiple jurisdictions so can take a while to complete.

We are working with counsel to address a number of external registrations that overlap with our own. While progress is being made, this too is a lengthy process and we expect that the issues currently being worked on will not be resolved until well into next calendar year.

Infringements Potential infringements are brought to our attention from both internal and external sources. The majority of infringements we see are accidental and our project communities are able to resolve these quickly and informally with occasional input from the Brand Management team. A small number of issues take longer to resolve. After last quarter's successes in resolving two of these more complex issues, this quarter has seen a small uptick in the number of complex issues we are tracking.

And finally…The Brand Management team  welcomes your comments and suggestions as well as any questions you might have. Please see https://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/contact for our contact details.


> Infrastructure:
 Infrastructure had a great quarter, as this was our yearly gathering at ApacheCon. This year, it was held in Montreal, and we arrived from all corners to discuss work, do some team bonding, and knock out a large number of action items helped by sitting across the table from each other.

Our most interesting item this quarter is that we posted a job opening, and will be working to hire additional teammates. Our last round of hiring was two years ago, yet with the growth of the Foundation, the additional help is very much needed.

The rest of the quarter has been spent with typical activity, across Jenkins, email and gitbox. Jenkins saw a lot of work focusing on disk space issues, the new master we deployed last quarter, and continued upgades to support the many projects using Jenkins. We made significant progress on preparing our new email infrastructure, to move us away from decade-old hardware and a tricky software install. Email is such a critical service to our communities, that we are approaching this migration process with the utmost care. Lastly, we improved many features around our "gitbox" service (close integration with GitHub), such that we hope to migrate all projects within the next quarter or two, and decommission our old git servers.

> Financial Statement:



> Fundraising:
 The Fundraising team has continued building upon the success of previous quarters. We are happy to report that event fundraising is nearly complete for the year and we are ahead of projected budget.

We are delighted to announce Tencent has joined us as a platinum sponsor as well as the return of Alibaba as a silver sponsor this quarter. 

In late September we added three new ambassadors/sponsor relations team members:

  • Ted Liu
  • Craig Russell
  • Bob Paulin

ApacheCon NA 2018 was a wonderful opportunity to meet personally with sponsors and friends of the foundation. We thank those who attended the sponsor lunch as well as everyone who made the event such a success!

We continue to drive out efficiencies in our procedures and systems. The team has begun working on system integrations to automate access to data managed by the Fundraising team. We also continue to watch for and drive out fraudster use of the individual donation platform (Hopsie). Focus on maturing our sponsor relations practice and procedures continues as well.

The recently published targeted sponsorship policy continues to evolve. We have added notes indicating that endorsements are not acceptable per the policy and are working on a draft of a revised policy after feedback and conversation since initial publishing. More to come soon!

The finance team has been considering ideas for securing our financial future via establishing some sort of restricted fund or endowment. Because our sponsors are so important to us, we reached out to several seeking thoughts and opinions. We are happy to report that the feedback was positive and highly valuable. More discussions with sponsors may come as we continue to support the finance team in their evaluations.

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Thank you to all our Sponsors!

  • PLATINUM: Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Pineapple Fund, Oath, Tencent
  • GOLD: Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, ODPi, Pivotal
  • SILVER: Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Baidu, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Inspur, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Union Investment
  • BRONZE: Airport Rentals, Best VPN, The Blog Starter, Bookmakers, Cash Store, Casino Bonus, Casino2k, Cloudsoft, Emerio, HostChecka.com, HostingAdvice.com, HostPapa Web Hosting, The Linux Foundation, Mobile Slots, SCAMS.info, Site Builder Report, Talend, The Best VPN, Twitter, Web Hosting Secret Revealed
  • TARGETED PLATINUM: DLA Piper, Microsoft, Oath, OSU Open Source Labs, Sonatype
  • TARGETED GOLD: Atlassian, The CrytpoFund, Datadog, PhoenixNAP, Quenda
  • TARGETED SILVER: Amazon Web Services, HotWax Systems, Rackspace
  • TARGETED BRONZE: Bintray, Education Networks of America, Google, Hopsie, No-IP, PagerDuty, Peregrine Computer Consultants Corporation, Sonic.net, SURFnet, Virtru 

To Sponsor The Apache Software Foundation, visit http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html . To make a one-time or monthly recurring donation, please visit https://donate.apache.org/

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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions by Rich Bowen, Vice President Conferences; Sharan Foga, Vice President Community Development; Mark Thomas, Vice President Brand Management; Greg Stein, ASF Infrastructure Administrator; Tom Pappas, Vice President Finance; and Daniel Ruggeri and Kevin McGrail, Vice Presidents Fundraising.

For more information, subscribe to the announce@apache.org mailing list and visit http://www.apache.org/, the ASF Blog at http://blogs.apache.org/, the @TheASF on Twitter, and https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation.

(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2018.

Tuesday November 27, 2018

Support Apache: Individual Giving and Corporate Gifts Campaigns

Giving Tuesday is here, kicking off our end-of-year Individual Giving and Corporate Gifts campaigns.


It's one of our favorite times of the year, as giving back feels so good. Here's how you can help:

Individual Donations.

  • Giving to Apache is easy! Click https://donate.apache.org/ to make a one-time or monthly recurring donation using a debit/credit card, ACH electronic transfer, or PayPal. You'll also receive a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution via email.

  • Purchasing Programs. Those of you who shop from Amazon can start your retail journey at https://smile.amazon.com/ so a portion of your purchase will be donated to the ASF. Now that's smart shopping!

  • Additional Options. If you'd rather mail us a check or send a Bitcoin donation or explore other contribution options, please visit http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

Corporate Gifts.

Employers of all sizes can feel good as well! This includes companies such as:

  • Bloomberg, whose employee volunteer and giving program provides numerous service opportunities year-round for a wide variety of philanthropic activities. Employees who have earned 25 or 50 hours of volunteer time can request that a donation of $2,500 or $5,000 be made to their select charity with whom has an established relationship Bloomberg Philanthropies. This is the second year that the ASF is among the candidate organizations that employees can donate their hours to as part of their "Dollars For Your Hours" program.

  • Microsoft, who works through volunteer matching platform Benevity to allow their developers to contribute to Open Source projects and communities that they are passionate about. The program donates $25 per volunteer hour, which enables Microsoft developers to contribute back to the ASF while logging hours towards for matching. The Apache Software Foundation has benefited from this and their "Tech Talent for Good" program for several years.

Some organizations contribute to the ASF in the form of a cash donation --whether it's a one-time gift or recurring monthly made at https://donate.apache.org/ , or a matching gifts program, where the company matches the financial donation of an employee to the ASF. We have received contributions that reflected dollar-for-dollar matches, sometimes multiple times the contribution made by employees.

Corporate Sponsorship is also a great way to support the ASF on an annual basis. Those wishing to quickly become a Sponsor using a credit card, ACH transfer, or PayPal may easily do so at https://donate.apache.org/ ; otherwise we invite interested parties to review our Sponsorship program at http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html or contact us at fundraising(at)apache(dot)org.

We thank you in advance for your generous consideration. Through your support, the ASF is able to continue to develop, incubate, and steward 350+ Open Source projects and their communities and keep Apache for everyone. For more information on the ASF's operations and how we put your donated dollars at work, please see our Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport .

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Friday November 23, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 23 November 2018

Happy US Thanksgiving week for those who celebrate. Let's review the activities of the Apache community since last Friday:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Thank you to the hundreds of individual supporters who are helping offset the ASF's day-to-day expenses and keep Apache software accessible to everyone. Please, consider supporting us today or during Giving Tuesday next week --every dollar counts! https://donate.apache.org/

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 December. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - SAVE THE DATE: ApacheCon North America 2019 will take place 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/
 - POSTPONED: Apache Roadshow DC/Open Source Job Fair. Watch this space for new dates.

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield great performance at 98.60% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 442 Apache contributors changed 954,582 lines of code over 2,498 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Ravindra Pesala, Tilman Hausherr, Tellier Benoit, Xiaoyu Yao, and Mark Thomas.

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 Oak 1.6.15 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Kafka™ –a distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
- Apache Kafka 2.1.0 released https://kafka.apache.org/

Apache OpenOffice™ –leading Open Source office-document productivity suite providing six applications (Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math, Base) based around the OpenDocument Format (ODF).
 - Apache OpenOffice 4.1.6 released https://www.openoffice.org/

Apache Qpid™ –AMQP enterprise messaging implementation.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.38.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.92 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Apache Wicket™ –an Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework.
 - Apache Wicket 8.2.0 released http://wicket.apache.org


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can find detailed information on all Apache projects, timelines and related stats at https://projects.apache.org/ ?

 - Did you know that as Apache Tinkerpop approaches its 10th year, TinkerPop4 will be its next and final version? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

 - Did you know that billions of dollars of business runs on Apache CloudStack, including British Telecom, KDDI (Japanese telecommunications provider), and Interoute (Europe's largest enterprise Cloud and network infrastructure provider)? http://cloudstack.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q1 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/qiKn

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - Flink Forward China will take place 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

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Friday November 16, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 16 November 2018

Mid-month already! Here's what happened with the Apache community over the past week:

Support Apache –help offset the ASF's day-to-day operating expenses and keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Join Bloomberg, Google, Microsoft, and other organizations who have established workplace giving programs that benefit the ASF. Supporting Apache is easy! Here are some of the ways to get started http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 21 November. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - POSTPONED: Apache Roadshow DC/Open Source Job Fair. Watch this space for new dates.

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield fine performance at 98.32% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 479 Apache contributors changed 1,108,998 lines of code over 2,745 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Alex Harui, Yonatan Gottesman, Tilman Hausherr, Zoran Regvart, and Mark Thomas.

Apache Bahir™ –provides extensions to multiple distributed analytic platforms, extending their reach with a diversity of streaming connectors and SQL data sources.
 - Apache Bahir 2.1.3 and 2.2.2 released https://bahir.apache.org/

Apache Directory™ Fortress –a computer security access management facility written in Java.
 - Apache Fortress 2.0.3 released https://directory.apache.org/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-faceted language for the Java platform.
 - Apache Groovy 2.5.4 released https://groovy.apache.org/

Apache Hive™ –Big Data warehouse software that facilitates querying and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage.
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-1314: Hive explain query not being authorized http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCABDpyChoSC%2BO_whkL_7Zh4ZMiXf7qmWpKoa-hep0dS6MTnJYJA%40mail.gmail.com%3E
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-11777: Blocking local resource access in HiveServer2 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCABDpyCjx%2BGpPvEW1mreZPnqCmqBYmAVk3s5NUx4ZGnQKcj7aGg%40mail.gmail.com%3E

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 Oak 1.9.11 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache James™ –provides a complete, stable, secure and extendable Mail Servers running on the JVM.
 - Apache James 3.2.0 released https://james.apache.org/

Apache Juneau™ –universal serialization and REST API library.
 - Apache Juneau 7.2.2 released http://juneau.apache.org/

Apache Kafka™ –a distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
- Apache Kafka 2.0.1 released https://kafka.apache.org/

Apache Libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache Libcloud 2.4.0 released https://libcloud.apache.org/

Apache OpenWebBeans™ –a CDI container (Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java) and targets the CDI-2.0 specification (JavaEE 8).
 - Apache OpenWebBeans-2.0.8 CDI container released https://openwebbeans.apache.org/

Apache Phoenix™ –enables OLTP and SQL-based operational analytics for Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Phoenix 4.14.1 released http://phoenix.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –AMQP enterprise messaging implementation.
 - [SECURITY] [CVE-2018-17187] Apache Qpid Proton-J transport TLS wrapper hostname verification mode not implemented http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCAFitrpQSV73Vz7rJYfLJK7gvEymZSCR5ooWUeU8j4jzRydk-eg%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Struts™ –popular Open Source framework for creating Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.x End-Of-Life (EOL) Announcement https://struts.apache.org/announce#a20181114

Apache Toree (incubating) –a kernel for the Jupyter Notebook platform providing interactive and remote access to Apache Spark.
 - Apache Toree 0.3.0-incubating released https://toree.incubator.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can catch up on presentations from ApacheCon and other interviews from the Apache community on Feathercast, the voice of the ASF? https://feathercast.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Royale is preparing for a new release? Here's how you can help https://twitter.com/ApacheRoyale/status/1062964775527874560

 - Did you know that Apache Kylin has more than a thousand users, including AT&T, Baidu, DiDi Chuxing, eBay, Expedia, Yahoo Japan, and more? http://kylin.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q1 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/qiKn

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - Flink Forward China will take place 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

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For real-time updates, sign up for Apache-related news by sending mail to announce-subscribe@apache.org and follow @TheASF on Twitter. For a broader spectrum from the Apache community, https://twitter.com/PlanetApache provides an aggregate of Project activities as well as the personal blogs and tweets of select ASF Committers.

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Friday November 09, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 9 November 2018

Happy Friday to all! Let's review what the Apache community has been up to this week:

Success at Apache –a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - Success at Apache: Wearing Small Hats by Rich Bowen https://s.apache.org/TGuO

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 21 November. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - REGISTER for Apache Roadshow DC and free Open Source Job Fair http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield cracking performance at 98.68% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 514 Apache contributors changed 1,106,696 lines of code over 3,154 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Gary Gregory, Julian Reschke, Andrea Cosentino, Qian Zhang, and Ash Berlin-Taylor.

Apache Hive™ –Big Data warehouse software that facilitates querying and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage.
 - Apache Hive 2.3.4 released https://hive.apache.org/
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-1314: Hive explain query not being authorized http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCABDpyChoSC%2BO_whkL_7Zh4ZMiXf7qmWpKoa-hep0dS6MTnJYJA%40mail.gmail.com%3E
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-11777: Blocking local resource access in HiveServer2 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCABDpyCjx%2BGpPvEW1mreZPnqCmqBYmAVk3s5NUx4ZGnQKcj7aGg%40mail.gmail.com%3E

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 2.12.10 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.9.10 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Kylin™ –an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets.
 - Apache Kylin 2.5.1 released https://kylin.apache.org/

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - [SECURITY] Immediately upgrade commons-fileupload to version 1.3.1 when running Struts 2.3.36 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCAMopvkMgZiJ%2BZkT1HmkQt94q7-bzNWnZm0Td9vq589vz5YM%3DMw%40mail.gmail.com%3E
 - [SECURITY] Immediately upgrade commons-fileupload to version 1.3.3 when running Struts 2.3.36 or prior http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3CCAMopvkMo8WiP%3DfqVQuZ1Fyx%3D6CGz0Epzfe0gG5XAqP1wdJCoBQ%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.11 and 2.1.2 released http://syncope.apache.org/
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-17184 Apache Syncope http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3Ccf9fdd28-aba5-f586-01c0-d37beb50008a%40apache.org%3E
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-17186 Apache Syncope http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201811.mbox/%3Cb1bdfd0b-2151-cafd-d5c9-425de23311f4%40apache.org%3E

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.35 and 9.0.13 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries? Many happy returns to Apache Ant (16 years); Labs (12 years); HttpComponents (11 years); Attic, Buildr, CouchDB, and Qpid (10 years); Community Development (9 years); OODT and ZooKeeper (8 years); Kafka and Sycope (7 years); Ambari and Marmotta (5 years); BookKeeper, Drill, and MetaModel (4 years); Brooklyn, Groovy, Kylin, REEF (3 years); Geode (2 years); Guacamole, Impala, and Mnemonic (1 year)! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Apache CouchDB is porting a test suite from JS to Elixir is seeking assistance from the Elixir community? http://couchdb.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Yelp runs millions of tests every day using Apache Mesos? http://mesos.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q1 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/qiKn

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - CFP now open for Flink Forward China 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

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Monday November 05, 2018

Success at Apache: Wearing Small Hats

by Rich Bowen

Within The Apache Software Foundation, many of us have different roles. I am a committer on the Apache httpd project, and also a PMC member on that project. I am the Vice President, Conferences. I am a board member. And I’m a member of the Foundation. I'm also an employee of Red Hat, and may, at times, be perceived to be speaking for my employer.

I am a father, husband, brother, son, employee, and so on. How I interact with my daughter is very different from how I interact with my manager. I use different language, wield different authority, and expect different results.


Ten years ago at ApacheCon in Oakland, Bertrand Delacretaz gave a talk about hats. We all laughed a lot. But he was making a serious point. At the Apache Software Foundation –indeed, in life– we all wear many different hats.

However, whereas it's pretty clear, in real life, whether I’m addressing my daughter or my manager, on Apache mailing lists it's seldom, if ever, clear which hat I'm wearing in any given situation.

I like to operate on the following principle when communicating in the Apache community: Wear the smallest hat possible for the situation, but assume that everyone is seeing the biggest hat possible.

So, what does that mean?

In the list above of my Apache hats (Committer, PMC Member, Foundation Member, V.P. Conferences, Director), there are various levels of authority. As a project committer, I can make code changes, but as a PMC member, I can reject other people’s changes. As a Foundation Member, I can express an opinion, but as a Director, I can state the official position of the Foundation.

The difficulty comes when, on a mailing list, I say something, intending it to be my personal opinion (i.e., Foundation Member hat) and someone reads it as the official position of the Foundation (i.e., Foundation Director hat).

Thus, in any given situation, I have an obligation to wield the smallest stick I possibly can, appropriate to the situation. Also, to clearly communicate how I am speaking, if there’s any chance of confusion, by saying things like "speaking as a member, and expressing my private opinion …", or "It is the opinion of the Board of Directors that …"  And, since there’s always a chance of confusion, due to many factors, it’s worthwhile to make this clarification almost every time, if you’re in a position where you do, in fact, wear multiple hats.

By wearing the smallest hat possible i.e., speaking with the voice with the least authority you allow other people to be free to express their own dissenting opinions without feeling that they have already been overruled. This is in line with our culture of providing a level playing field, where all voices are equal, and all opinions are weighed the same.

Rich Bowen has been doing open source-y stuff since about 1995, and has been a member of the Apache Software Foundation since 2002. He currently serves on the ASF Board of Directors. By day, he's the CentOS Community Manager, working for Red Hat.

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Friday November 02, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 2 November 2018

The Apache community opens November with the following activities:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 21 November. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - REGISTER for Apache Roadshow DC and free Open Source Job Fair http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield pop performance at 99.01% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 555 Apache contributors changed 1,456,173 lines of code over 3,898 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Brahma Reddy Battula, Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Tellier Benoit, Ashutosh Mestry, and Gary Gregory.

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 1.10.0 released https://allura.apache.org/

Apache BVal™ –an implementation of the Java Bean Validation specification 2.0.
 - Apache BVal 2.0.0 released http://bval.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ Configuration –Open Source software library that provides a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Apache Commons Configuration 2.4 released http://commons.apache.org/

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.5.5 and 1.6.2 released https://flink.apache.org/

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 2.1.1 released https://hbase.apache.org/

Apache HttpComponents™ Client –a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore.
 - Apache HttpComponents Client 5.0 beta2 released http://hc.apache.org/

Apache Juneau™ –a toolkit for marshalling POJOs to a wide variety of content types using a common framework, and for creating sophisticated self-documenting REST interfaces and microservices using very little code. 
 - Apache Juneau 7.2.1 released http://juneau.apache.org/

Apache Kudu™ –an Open Source storage engine for structured data that supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu 1.8.0 released https://kudu.apache.org/

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 1.8.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –a cross-platform messaging solution that implements the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP).
 - Apache Qpid C++ 1.39.0 released https://qpid.apache.org

Apache Subversion® –popular Open Source version control system used by millions across an array of applications worldwide.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Subversion® v1.11.0 https://s.apache.org/N3fL
 - Apache Subversion 1.11.0 released https://subversion.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2018-11759 Apache Tomcat JK (mod_jk) Connector path traversal http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201810.mbox/%3C16a616e5-5245-f26a-a5a4-2752b2826703%40apache.org%3E

Apache XMLBeans™ –now sub-project of Apache POI, XMLBeans is a tool that allows access to the full power of XML in a Java friendly way. 
 - Apache XMLBeans 3.0.2 released https://xmlbeans.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Maven 3.6.0 has been released? https://maven.apache.org/

 - Did you know that all new projects, codebases, and communities wishing to become part of the ASF's efforts do so through the Apache Incubator? http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache NetBeans (incubating) has 7.5 million lines of code and 1.5 million users? http://netbeans.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q1 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/qiKn

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - CFP now open for Flink Forward China 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

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Wednesday October 31, 2018

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Subversion® v1.11.0

Popular Open Source version control system used by millions across an array of applications worldwide.

Wakefield, MA —31 October 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Subversion® v1.11.0, the latest version of the popular centralized software version control system.

Apache Subversion is characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.

"Subversion 1.11 is the first release which follows our new six-month release cycle," said Stefan Sperling, Vice President of Apache Subversion. "Subversion 1.11 provides iterative improvements of features released in Subversion 1.10, and will be supported for six months."

Apache Subversion v1.11.0 highlights include:

  • More robust shelving of changes in the working copy;
  • Interactive conflict resolution supports more conflict situations involving moved files and directories; and
  • New command to write out a view specification describing the current working copy shape.


Based on the new release cycle, Apache Subversion 1.10 is now considered a long-term support (LTS) release, with a planned support period of four years. The next LTS release will be Subversion 1.14, which is anticipated 18 months from now.

"Our new release plan gives users who value stability plenty of time to schedule upgrades between LTS releases, while users who prefer quick access to new features will be able to get updated approximately every 6 months," added Sperling. "Several new client-side features are marked ‘experimental’ in this 1.11 release. We encourage all our users to test these features and provide feedback."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Subversion 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 Subversion, visit http://subversion.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 730 individual Members and 6,800 Committers across six continents 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 Aetna, Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, and Union Investment. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday October 26, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 26 October 2018

Let's close out the week with the following activities from the Apache community:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 21 November. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - REGISTER TODAY for Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source Job Fair (job fair free to attend!) http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield sunshine-y performance at 98.87% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 479 Apache contributors changed 1,107,294 lines of code over 2,938 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Cassandra Targett, Ash Berlin-Taylor, Guillaume Nodet, Oleg Kalnichevski, and Tilman Hausherr.

Apache HttpComponents™ Core –HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2 transport components that can be used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.
 - HttpComponents Core 5.0 beta5 released http://hc.apache.org/

Apache HTTP Server –the world's most popular server software.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® HTTP Server v2.4.37 https://s.apache.org/1o7h

Apache Impala™ –a high-performance distributed SQL engine.
 - CVE-2018-11785 and CVE-2018-11792 addition of two security fixes to Apache Impala 3.0.1 release http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201810.mbox/%3CCAC-pSX0osuFEzJg4aveHLAqBb_TUPSL9d-jr1%2B983gdAPYngiQ%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache ServiceComb™ –Open Source microservices framework.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® ServiceComb™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/Wv9i

Apache Tomcat™ Native –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDKs.
 - Apache Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.18 released https://tomcat.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Hadoop original co-founder Doug Cutting, Apache Kafka original co-founder Neha Narkhede, and Apache Groovy Committer Graeme Rocher won 2018 Groundbreaker Awards? https://developer.oracle.com/devo/groundbreakers

 - Did you know that Adobe uses Apache Kafka to scale from 25 trillion events to 250 trillion events across 17 data centers? http://kafka.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache NetBeans (incubating) won a 2018 Duke's Choice Award? https://blogs.oracle.com/java/announcing-2018-dukes-choice-award-winners


Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q1 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/qiKn

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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Wednesday October 24, 2018

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

Open Source microservices framework in use at CeeWa Intelligent Technology, Huawei Cloud, iSoftStone, itcast, MedSci Medicine, Pactera, PICC, Tongji University, among others.

Wakefield, MA —24 October 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® ServiceComb™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache ServiceComb is an Open Source microservices software framework that enables developers to easily build and manage microservices-based applications efficiently and conveniently. The project was originally developed at Huawei and was donated to the Apache Incubator in November 2017.

"We are very proud that ServiceComb has arrived at this important milestone," said Willem Jiang, Vice President of Apache ServiceComb. “ServiceComb has evolved from a microservices software development kit to a full microservices solution in less than a year. While incubating in Apache, the number of ServiceComb users grew rapidly, and new developers are constantly coming in. It is amazing to grow at such a high rate."

As a one-stop microservices solution, Apache ServiceComb contains 3 sub-projects:
  1. Java-Chassis - an out-of-the-box Java microservices SDK that includes four parts: service contract, programming model, running model and communication model, with a complete set of microservices governance abilities such as load balancing, fallback, rate limiting, and call stack tracing. Microservices governance and business logic are isolated.

  2. Service-Center - a high-performance, highly available, stateless Golang implementation of the Service Discovery and Registration Center based on Etcd, which provides real-time service instance registration, real-time service instance notification, and inter-service testing based on contract.

  3. Saga - provides an eventual consistency solution for distributed transactions which could be a pain point of microservices.

Apache ServiceComb's highlights include:
  • Asynchronous kernel - both synchronous and asynchronous programming models based on VertX effectively ensures high performance and low latency, both in traditional enterprise applications or in emerging businesses such as e-commerce, Internet, and IoT, to avoid avalanche effect when reaching peak loads.

  • Out-of-the-box experience - developers using the scaffolding website start.servicecomb.io, can launch microservices-based projects with integrated service registration, discovery, communication and microservices governance capabilities, and centralized configuration by default.

  • Open API - automatic code generation and isolating logic code from governance streamlines the DevOps pipeline, enabling different teams to efficiently and independently develop and manage code, test, and document using bidirectional contract files and OpenAPI.

Apache ServiceComb is in use at dozens of organizations, including CeeWa Intelligent Technology, Huawei Cloud, iSoftStone, itcast, MedSci Medicine, Pactera, PICC, and Tongji University, among others.

"In 2015, Huawei Cloud launched microservices-related services, and this is the original code base of ServiceComb," said Liao Zhenqin, General Manager of Huawei Cloud PaaS Product Department. "Apache ServiceComb is the core of Huawei Cloud microservices engine CSE. It is the defacto standard at Huawei, and is widely used on many major products, including Huawei Consumer Cloud, Huawei Cloud Core, Huawei EI, among others. We are very happy to see ServiceComb's rapid progress at in the Apache Incubator, and encourage more engineers to continue to accept and contribute to Open Source by becoming a part of the Apache Software Foundation volunteer community."

Huawei Consumer Cloud depends on Apache ServiceComb's high performance, low latency, and asynchronous technology to implement a 1,500+ node scale microservices that supports 400 million online mobile phone users. Using ServiceComb, the queries-per-second more than doubled, while reducing latency by 45%.

"We use Apache ServiceComb to build our 'intelligent brain' for drone control. ServiceComb is an out-of-the-box microservices solution, which provides the microservices governance abilities without any coding," said Zhou Sujian,  Chief Architect of CeeWa Intelligent Technology. "Compared with using or implementing a traditional RPC framework, a lot of development resources are saved. With ServiceComb, both the team development and the node deployment efficiency are doubled, which are very exciting. We are also very happy to see ServiceCombs work on integrating Open Source distributed tracing systems such as Apache Zipkin, Apache SkyWalking and Prometheus, which greatly improved our cross-node chain tracing ability, and the team's efficiency to locate and solve problems."

"As microservices architecture is not a single-point technical issue, we need to response the rapid change of technology, organization, and processes flow," said Bao Yongwei, Vice President of Product Engineering Center at iSoftstone Smart City Technology. "Apache ServiceComb Java-Chassis does a good job, its core is implemented entirely on service contract which is based on OpenAPI that can help us automatically generate service skeleton code. This allows our teams to smoothly integrate our Smart City business system into microservices. We are very happy to see that our employees actively participate in the ServiceComb project and learned the Apache Way of open development with the Apache community. Apache ServiceComb is a star project, we strongly believe that participating in the ServiceComb community will help improve our software engineers' abilities."

"Apache ServiceComb has a solid community and a comprehensive technology background. The project's commitment to making it easier for enterprises to embrace microservices and cloud computing is impressive," said Yu Yang, Dean of itcast Institute. "Itcast selected ServiceComb as a microservices technology teaching material for education and training based on its good concepts on microservices design, excellent technical practice and perfect community documentation."

"Graduating as an Apache Top-Level Project demonstrates that all contributors have a place with Apache ServiceComb, whether they were part of the project before it arrived at the Apache Incubator or joined the community during the incubation process," added Jiang. "It is a pleasure to collaborate with volunteers in this open, equal, and diverse environment. We welcome new ServiceComb contributors to help with code development,  evangelizing on innovations in microservices, promoting community development 'the Apache Way', and other ways of participating."

Availability and Oversight
Apache ServiceComb 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 ServiceComb, visit http://servicecomb.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ServiceComb

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 730 individual Members and 6,800 Committers across six continents 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 Aetna, Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, and Union Investment. For more information, visit https://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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