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Friday March 22, 2019

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 March 2019

Happy Friday --we hope you've had a productive week! Here's what we've achieved across the collective Apache Community:

The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success –The Apache Way of community-driven development continues to gain momentum despite the compounding challenges of building software in the greater Open Source ecosystem. https://s.apache.org/GhnI

Sponsor Case Study –insight from our Sponsors, whose support ensures our 300+ community-driven software products remain available to billions of users around the world at no cost.
 - Apache Software Foundation Platinum Sponsor Profile: Leaseweb https://s.apache.org/apco

Project Perspectives –part of the "Success at Apache" series, chronicling how projects and their communities have benefited from The Apache Way.
 - Apache RocketMQ and The Apache Way https://s.apache.org/c358

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 April. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 21st year.
 - NEXT WEEK: Apache Roadshow/DC and Open Source Career Fair 25 March 2019 http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshowdc19/
 - CFP Extended: Apache Roadshow/Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/
 - CFP Open: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/
 - Registration OPEN: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October in Berlin http://www.apachecon.com/aceu19/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield 99.68% uptime. Check out our performance across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 461 Apache contributors changed 1,118,771 lines of code over 2,846 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Cassandra Targett, Ash Berlin-Taylor, Claus Ibsen, Andrea Cosentino, and Jonathan Hung.

Apache Project Announcements –the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Kylin 2.6.1 released https://kylin.apache.org/
 - Apache NiFi 1.9.1 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Build Management --
 - Apache Ant 1.9.14 released http://ant.apache.org/

Cloud Computing --
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CloudMonkey® v6.0 https://s.apache.org/aznB

Content --
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.10.2 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Customer Data Platform --
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Unomi™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/brS6

Search --
 - Apache Lucene 8.0.0 and Solr 8.0.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.39 and  9.0.17 released http://tomcat.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Cayenne 4.1 is in Beta? https://cayenne.apache.org

 - Did you know that the CFP for the Apache Roadshow/Chicago has been extended for extra presentations in AdTech, FinTech, Startups using Apache software? https://www.apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html

 - Did you know that the ASF is a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) mentoring organization for the 15th consecutive year? Applications are open http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache in 2018 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2018Digits

 - 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

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

 - Flink Forward San Francisco 2019 will be held 1-2 April. The event is promoting collaboration between Apache projects by inviting 50 Apache Committers to attend for FREE: use "ASFCommitters19" code PLUS your @apache.org email when registering at https://sf-2019.flink-forward.org/register

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

 - CFP open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP open for ApacheCon North America 9-12 September 2019

 - Save the date: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October 2019 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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Thursday March 21, 2019

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

Powerful Open Source Customer Data Platform in use at Al-Monitor, Altola, Jahia, and Yupiik, among others. 

Wakefield, MA —21 March 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Unomi™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Unomi is a standards-based, Customer Data Platform (CDP) that manages online customer, leads, and visitor information to provide personalized experiences that adheres to visitor privacy rules such as GDPR and “Do Not Track” preferences. The project was originally developed at Jahia, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in October 2015.

"I am truly thankful to our community, especially our mentors, who have helped us achieve this milestone," said Serge Huber, Vice President of Apache Unomi. "The original vision behind Unomi was to ensure true privacy by making the technologies handling customer data completely Open Source and independent. Since it was submitted to the Apache Incubator, developing Unomi using the Apache Way will ensure the project grows its community to be more diverse and welcome new users and developers."

Apache Unomi is versatile, and features privacy management, user/event/goal tracking, reporting, visitor profile management, segmentation, personas, A/B testing, and more. It can be used as:

  • a personalization service for a Web CMS;

  • an analytics service for  native mobile applications;

  • a centralized profile management system with segmentation capabilities; and

  • a consent management hub

Apache Unomi is the industry's first reference implementation of the upcoming OASIS CDP specification (established by the OASIS CXS Technical Committee, which sets standards as a core technology for enabling the delivery of personalized user experiences). As a reference implementation, Apache Unomi serves as a real world example of how the standard will be stable, and is quickly gaining traction by those interested in truly open and transparent customer data privacy. Apache Unomi is in use at organizations such as Al-Monitor, Altola, Jahia, Yupiik, and many others to create and deliver consistent personalized experiences across channels, markets, and systems.

"When Serge and I announced the launch of the Apache Unomi project at the 2015 ApacheCon Budapest, Apache Unomi, at that time, was the first proposal among the rising Customer Data Platform industry's segment, positioned as an 'ethical data-driven marketing' product that would respect the privacy of customers while leveraging the power of unified customers data," said Elie Auvray, Head of Business Development at Jahia. "Jahia's digital experience management solutions are based on Apache Unomi, and we can't wait to see how the project will now evolve with its growing community. Seeing today Apache Unomi becoming a Top-Level Project is a great reward for us as Open Source software believers. We are proud of this milestone, grateful to the Apache Software Foundation and our mentors, and we know it's only the beginning of a new –hopefully long and successful– journey."

"Under development at OASIS, the Customer Data Platform specification –for which Apache Unomi aims to be the reference implementation– lies at the crossroads of many solutions providers needs such as WCM, CRM, Big Data Platforms, Machine Learning, IoT and Digital Marketing," said Laurent Liscia, CEO of OASIS. "At a time when client data interoperability and built-in data privacy are mandatory foundations for legal, consistent, and personalized experiences across channel markets and systems, the CDP specification, together with Apache Unomi, is a clear and welcome answer to end-user concerns."

"Apache Unomi is the perfect solution to implement a user profile platform," said Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Fellow at Talend. "It fully addresses the user trust and privacy needs, allowing to easily create user profile and Web marketing features. As Unomi is powered by Apache Karaf, it's also a great platform for several use cases, such as digital marketing in Web applications, managing user profiles on IoT devices, and more."

"Apache Unomi enables Al-Monitor readers to be driven towards additional personalized content that corresponds, via content tags profiling and related automated segmentations, to what they have already accessed," said Valerie Voci, Head of Digital Strategy and Marketing at Al-Monitor. "This data follows our customers where they go, so it's a consistent experience whether they are getting these recommendations in their inbox or on the Website or both. And if a change takes place on one, that change is immediately reflected on the other. It helps us create a very cohesive marketing message and a great overall digital experience."

"As we were developing a progressive web app (PWA) for a client, we were looking for a Customer Data Platform (CDP) to store customer insights, such as behavioral and explicit customer data," said Lars Petersen, Co-Founder at Altola. "Privacy was table stake for us, along with the flexibility to customize data schema and open API. We selected Apache Unomi based on these parameters, we had it up and running on AWS in less than 30 min. and are very impressed with the maturity of the platform, its privacy by design and how easy it was to work with."

"In a digital world, customer data is very important to offer a better experience to users. However, data privacy and trust is not an option for users," said François Papon, CTO at Yupiik. "Apache Unomi is the best solution for our clients because it's an Open Source project managed by an independent foundation, there is no vendor lock-in. It's also based on other solutions like Apache Karaf that made it ready for modularity, scalability, cloud, devops, and more." 

"Apache Unomi is poised to disrupt the Customer Data Platform market," said Thomas Sigdestad, CTO at Enonic, and co-chair, with Serge Huber, of the CDP standards work at OASIS open. "The CDP marketplace is lacking from a standard way of exchanging data, and the vendor space is over-represented by closed source and proprietary cloud offerings. This effectively limits the potential and adoption of CDP in general. Apache Unomi is not merely Open Source, but also the reference implementation of the imminent CDP standard from OASIS. Companies using Unomi will benefit from faster and simpler integrations without locking their customer data into yet another proprietary silo." 

"Graduating as an Apache Top-Level Project is only the beginning," added Huber. "Unomi has a lot of potential that it still to be developed, and is a perfect opportunity for those interested in Customer Data Privacy to participate through our mailing lists and Slack channel, and to learn more about the project on our Website and presentations."

Catch Apache Unomi in action at ApacheCon North America (9-12 September 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada), and ApacheCon Europe (22-24 October 2019 in Berlin, Germany) http://apachecon.com/ .

Availability and Oversight
Apache Unomi 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 Unomi, visit http://unomi.apache.org/

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 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, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

Wednesday March 20, 2019

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CloudMonkey® v6.0

Popular Open Source Command Line Interface tool that simplifies Apache CloudStack configuration and management now faster and easier to use.

Wakefield, MA —20 March 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® CloudStack® CloudMonkey v6.0, the latest version of the turnkey enterprise Cloud orchestration platform's command line interface tool. 

Apache CloudStack is the proven, highly scalable, and easy-to-deploy IaaS platform used for rapidly creating private, public, and hybrid Cloud environments. Thousands of large-scale public Cloud providers and enterprise organizations use Apache CloudStack to enable billions of dollars worth of business transactions annually across their clouds.

Apache CloudMonkey v6.0.0 is the latest major release since the previous major 5.x release in September 2013.  CloudMonkey v6.0.0 is a rewrite of the original tool in Go programming language, and can be used both as an interactive shell and as a command line tool that simplifies CloudStack configuration and management.

Some of the new features and major changes include:
  • Rewrite in Go, ships as single binary for Linux, Mac, and Windows
  • Drop-in replacement for legacy Python-based cloudmonkey
  • About 5-20x faster than legacy Python-based cloudmonkey
  • Interactive UX for parameter and arg completion and selection
  • JSON is the default output format
  • New column based output
  • Enable debug mode using set debug true option, file-based logging removed
  • Per server profile based API cache
  • New syntax arg=@/path/to/file to pass the content of file as API argument value similar to curl
  • Improve help docs using -h argument
  • Removed: XML output, coloured output, several set options

"This release is the work of over one year of effort and driven by the people operating CloudStack clouds," said Rohit Yadav, Apache CloudStack CloudMonkey v6.0 author, and release manager. "I would like to thank the contributors across all of these organizations for supporting this release, which reflects both the user-driven nature of our community and the Apache CloudStack project's commitment to continue to be the most stable, easily deployable, scalable Open Source platform for IaaS. Along with ease of installation, usage and availability of cross-platform dependency-free builds including Windows builds, v6.0 brings many changes and optimizations such as more interactive shell for parameter completion, faster API requests processing, server profile specific API caching, improved API help docs and a new syntax to pass content of files as API parameter argument." More on the background and story behind the CloudMonkey 6.0 effort can be found at https://blogs.apache.org/cloudstack/entry/what-s-coming-in-cloudmonkey

"Apache CloudStack is a significant part of our Cloud portfolio right now – we run large deployments all over the world, often supporting critical customer applications," said Robert van der Meulen, Product Strategy Lead at Leaseweb Global B.V. "CloudMonkey is an invaluable tool for interacting with CloudStack-based clouds, and it's the go-to tool that we recommend to our customers when they want to use command-line interaction with our CloudStack platforms."

"CloudMonkey is an effective tool for the operators of CloudStack environments and  it becomes essential in large-scale CloudStack deployments," said Giles Sirett, CEO of ShapeBlue. "It's great to see this new version of CloudMonkey: having a CLI that can run on Windows desktops as well as Linux and Mac is important as we see more enterprise adoption of Apache CloudStack."

"CloudMonkey is now written in Golang, and with version v6.0 loading, speed has been drastically improved (accessing the CLI in under 0.5s)," said Pierre-Luc Dion, Cloud Architect at Cloud.ca. "This simplifies installation, deployments, updates, and operational efficiency."

"After many years of managing production Apache CloudStack deployments, I consider CloudMonkey a core tool in anyone's CloudStack toolkit, and now also being available for Windows makes me really happy," said Andrija Panic, Apache CloudStack Committer. "I can certainly see major speed improvements, but also having backward compatibility is what is so great with this new release."

Catch Apache CloudStack in action at ApacheCon 9-12 September 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and at numerous Meetups worldwide, held throughout the year.

Downloads and Documentation
The official source code for CloudMonkey v6.0.0 can be downloaded from http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html. The community-maintained builds are available at the project's Github release page at https://github.com/apache/cloudstack-cloudmonkey/releases . CloudMonkey's usage is documented at https://github.com/apache/cloudstack-cloudmonkey/wiki

Availability and Oversight
Apache CloudStack 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 CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/CloudStack

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 7,000 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, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF


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

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Project Perspectives: Apache RocketMQ and The Apache Way

by Von Gosling, member of the Apache RocketMQ Project Management Committee

Last year, I wrote a blog about how communities from a non-English-speaking country understand and use Apache way for open innovation. In that article, I mainly expressed the desire to be open as a developer, to be good at using mailing lists, listening to community voices and making decisions. In addition, project communities can also organize more programming activities like Google Summer of Code ("GSoC"; applications are now open for the 2019 program) to help developers learn how to become involved in the community-led development process as well as provide greater help and encouragement for developers to join the community. After that, I have been thinking about sharing some Apache RocketMQ community building and collaborative innovation stories through some real-life examples. It is my great honor to share some stories with community at the upcoming ASF anniversary celebration. IMO, The Apache Way has greatly helped Apache RocketMQ to grow its community since entering the Apache Incubator in 2016.

Apache RocketMQ was originally created and used as a distributed messaging engine for online e-commerce transaction processing. It could undertake billions, even trillions of  message transmissions in many companies’ production environments. RocketMQ has been proven to be suitable for high-throughput, low-latency messaging systems in the large-scale distributed scenarios. A standard OpenMessaging project on the Linux Foundation provides a common benchmarking platform[1] for distributed messaging systems in the cloud including Apache RocketMQ. Of course, as a widely used messaging engine, the functional level, RocketMQ provides both pull and push models, supporting scheduled message, ordered message, batch message, broadcast message, message filtering, dead-letter queue and so on, almost sustaining all classic event driven or streaming scenarios. Even so, there are still a few core features not included from an enterprise perspective. Last year, the RocketMQ community announced three attractive features: transactional message, message tracing, authentication and authorization. The transactional message implements the transaction consistency guarantee between the sender and the local business operation. This feature is a very valuable feature which was initiated and contributed by several individuals from the financial industry. While based on transactional messages, we could build a full-stack distributed transaction platform, which is suitable for long-running microservice. 

In the enterprise application for messaging, there has always been a troubling problem. Where did my message send to? How can I find message accumulation if the consumer has failed or not? That’s a very difficult task especially when we are providing cloud pub/sub service, because messaging is an asynchronous decoupling process, the natural upstream and downstream are not aware of each other. Fortunately, some guys from the China Mobile Research Institute found some of the pmc members at Apache RocketMQ Meetup and mentioned their troubles. So, we showed them the latest RIP[2]  plan from the community, which is a very challenging optimization and improvement for Apache RocketMQ intra code. Under the help of a Project Management Committee (PMC) member, RIP were proposed, discussed and accepted. After the necessary time planning, we started to design, coding and discuss, exchange code implementation details, which includes several meetups to gather together to discuss and review the code until the later online verification and released. More interesting, in the following review process, another cloud vendor from the community has joined. After simple video communication, the original implementation was optimized to be compatible with its implementation. Finally, in the community, we are happy to see that the new version has been verified in production by two cloud vendors. The ACL feature is also a process in which the PMC and the community continue to collaborate, and the final version of the RIP is finally published. Through the meetup we collected the requirements, through open discussion, coupled with the video communication using Zoom, the RocketMQ community completed the several important releases in the last year. At the same time, in order to better promote ecological flourishing, several projects residing under the Apache RocketMQ external repository were reorganized (80% above projects contributed by community during incubation). In addition to setting milestones, this time we added similar incubations and graduation mechanism further reduces the difficulty of community participation while better guarantee product quality. Today, several different language sdk projects that have graduated are from a large number of users in use and maintenance. The enthusiasm of the community completely surpasses thoughts. It also verifies that the future cloud architecture is language-independent, even serverless. Under this general trend, the community's guys actively participated in the RocketMQ multi-language ecological construction. RocketMQ now supports java, cpp, python, go, nodejs and other languages are planning and on the way. Even, the current CPP client can support up to 8 platforms, like CentOS, MacOS, Ubuntu and Windows.

Not only that, more and more community enthusiasts are also spontaneously self-organizing: they are also actively planning similar activities in the city station, but also need to give some attention and encouragement by PMCs. At the same time, this also provoked us to think about whether the Apache community should have a developer-oriented role like release manager, such as developer-relationship maintainer, project manager, to let more users understand, and become more involved in the product. The community development in recent years has also brought many new signs to the RocketMQ community. There are more and more active developers in the community. In roughly three months, nearly 2,000 emails were sent from the dev email list. Research has shown that 70% of top banks in China use Apache RocketMQ on the core business link, approximately 60% of Internet finance and insurance customers use RocketMQ in their production environments, and 75% of top 20 Internet companies in China widely use classic pub/sub scenarios.

Recently, the RocketMQ community has been discussing the development of the next-generation messaging platform. We hope it is a unified messaging engine with lightweight data processing platform, and welcome everyone to become involved and tell the PMC what features you are most looking forward to seeing in future versions of RocketMQ.

Many thanks to The Apache Software Foundation for its open and inclusive community culture that helps RocketMQ build a broader community. It will soon be 20th anniversary. I am pleased to represent the RocketMQ community in wishing the ASF a happy 20th anniversary, hoping for many more and continuing to thrive.


[1] https://github.com/openmessaging/openmessaging-benchmark
[2] https://github.com/apache/rocketmq/wiki/RocketMQ-Improvement-Proposal

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Part of the "Success at Apache" series, Project Perspectives chronicles how projects and their communities have benefited from The Apache Way. 

Tuesday March 19, 2019

The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success

As Open Source software continues to grow in importance, it seems appropriate to reflect upon the ongoing success of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The Apache Way of community-driven development continues to gain momentum despite the compounding challenges of building software in the greater Open Source ecosystem.

This approach, The Apache Way, was defined over 24 years ago by the original Apache Group, prior to the establishment of the Foundation. It has led to our success as a foundation and we believe it has been fundamental to the triumph of Open Source as a whole.

While The Apache Way has been refined over the years, it remains true to the original goals of transparent, community-driven collaboration in a vendor-neutral environment that is accessible to all.

The Apache Way defines Open Source in terms of both a legal and a social framework for collaboration. It helps others understand what makes Open Source powerful and how participants are expected to behave. In this post we will examine The Apache Way in the context of the Foundation's mission:

"The mission of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is to provide software for the public good. We do this by providing services and support for many like-minded software project communities consisting of individuals who choose to participate in ASF activities." 

Let's dissect this mission statement. 

"Provide Software for the Public Good"

Key points in this section: 

  • We produce software that is non-excludable and non-rivalrous

  • Use of the software in any context does not reduce its availability to others

  • Users and contributors have no committed responsibility to the foundation, our projects or our communities

  • Use of a license that conforms to the Open Source Definition is necessary but not sufficient to deliver on our mission 

Investopedia defines a public good as "a product that one individual can consume without reducing its availability to another individual, and from which no one is excluded." On the surface, this is a good definition for our use of the term. However, there is a nuance in our use. Our mission is not to produce "public goods" but to "provide software for the public good". 

To understand why this is important, one needs to think about what motivates the ASF to produce software that is a public good.

Open Source software can be digitally copied and reused in an unlimited number of ways. Every user can modify it for their specific needs. They can combine it with other software. They can design innovative new products and services using it and can make a living from the proceeds. This is all possible without impacting other people's use of the software. As such, the ASF produces software that can be used for the public good in many different ways.

To allow us to deliver on this part of the mission, it is critical that we adopt a license that uses the law to protect the software curated here at the Foundation. For us that license is the Apache License, Version 2. In addition, we adopt an inbound licensing policy that defines which licenses are allowable on software reused within Apache projects. This policy can be summarized as: 

  • The license must meet the Open Source Definition (OSD).

  • The license, as applied in practice, must not impose significant restrictions beyond those imposed by the Apache License 2.0.

This means that you can be assured that software curated by projects within The Apache Software Foundation is both a public good and for the public good. You can use Apache software for any purpose and you have no responsibility to the Foundation or the project to contribute back (though as addressed in the next section, it is often in your interests to do so). 

It is important to recognize that there are software projects out there that adopt our license but do not adopt our inbound licensing policy. Such projects may bring restrictions that are not covered by our license; therefore, it is important to carefully examine the licensing policies of these projects. Using the Apache License alone may not provide you with the same options a Foundation project provides. 

Apache projects are successful, in large part, because of our diligence with respect to clearly-defined licensing policies. Such diligence makes it much easier for downstream users to understand what they can and cannot do with Apache software. The Apache License is deliberately permissive to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in Open Source within the ASF or elsewhere. Modifications of our license are allowed, but modified licenses are neither the Apache License nor affiliated with or endorsed by The Apache Software Foundation. No modified license can be represented as such. Modified licenses that use the Apache name are strictly disallowed, as they are both confusing to users and undermine the Apache brand.

While we recognize that there are many ways to license software, whether Open Source or otherwise, we assert that only projects that use both our license (unmodified) and our inbound licensing policy truly follow and adhere to The Apache Way. 

While an OSD-approved license and associated policies are necessary for successful Open Source production, they are not sufficient. They provide a legal framework for the production of Open Source, but they do not provide a social framework, which brings us to the second sentence of our mission:

"The mission of the Apache Software Foundation is to provide software for the public good. We do this by providing services and support for many like-minded software project communities of individuals who choose to contribute to Apache projects."

"Like-Minded Software Project Communities of Individuals"

Key points in this section: 

  • The Apache Way provides a governance model designed to create a social framework for collaboration

  • The Apache Software Foundation develops communities, and those communities develop software

  • ASF project communities develop and reuse software components that in turn may be reused in products

  • Users of ASF software often build products and services using our software components

  • Our model, and others like it, have produced some of the largest and longest-lived Open Source projects that have literally revolutionized the industry 


There is a lot packed into these few words. It is an understanding of these words that makes the difference between software that is under an Open Source license and software that reaches sustainability through The Apache Way. These words underscore the fact that the Foundation does not directly produce software. That's right, The Apache Software Foundation, with upwards of $8Bn of software code, does not directly produce software. Rather than focus on software, we focus on the creation of and support of collaborative communities; the software is an intentional by-product. 

Our like-minded project communities come together because they share common problems that can be addressed in software. As the saying goes, "a problem shared is a problem halved". By bringing together individuals with their unique ideas and skills, we break down barriers to collaboration. 

The Apache Way is carefully crafted to create a social structure for collaboration, which complements the legal framework discussed above. Where the legal framework ensures an equal right to use the software, The Apache Way ensures an equal ability to contribute to the software. This is critically important to the long term sustainability of Open Source software projects. This social structure for collaboration is missing from many non-Apache projects, yet a robust social structure is invariably a key component in long-term successful projects outside of the ASF.

The Apache Way is fully inclusive, open, transparent and consensus-based. It promotes vendor neutrality to prevent undue influence (or control) from a single company. It ensures that any individual with a valuable contribution is empowered, and it seeks to assure that a project remains sustainable despite inevitable changes in community membership over time.

Apache projects typically produce software components that can be combined with other software (of any license) in different ways to solve different problems. This provides plenty of opportunity for participants to collaborate within a given software project independent of their relationship outside the Foundation. This is very different from the idea of licensing your product as a whole under an Open Source license. Our model offers more opportunities for reuse which, in turn, increase the pool of individuals likely to contribute to the project.

In addition, our merit-based system seeks to ensure that as people come and go, for whatever reason, there is always someone to take their place. As a result, some ubiquitous Apache projects have existed for over 20 years and helped commercialize the World Wide Web; while dozens of newer projects have defined industry segments such as Big Data and IoT (Internet of Things). 

A core tenet of The Apache Way is "Community Over Code", which encapsulates our deep belief that a healthy community is a far higher priority than good code. A strong community can always rectify a problem with the code, whereas an unhealthy community will likely struggle to maintain a codebase in a sustainable manner. Healthy communities ensure the Foundation has the stability to thrive for the next 20 years and beyond. Apache projects do not have the problem of scaling that others, who focus only on the legal frameworks of Open Source, suffer from. If you look around at projects that have grown up alongside the Apache projects, you will see a similar focus on scaling the governance model. This is no accident. 

Why this is Important

Software is a critical part of any modern economy. It touches every part of every life in the developed world, and is increasingly transforming everyday life, from womb to grave, everywhere.

At The Apache Software Foundation, we believe that every developer has their personal motivations for building software. We celebrate their right to choose when and how they build their software, including their right to use a non-open license. 

We will not dictate what is best for developers or for the software industry.

We care about the provision of software that enables our users, our contributors, and the general public to decide what is best for them.

We welcome you to use our software and contribute to our projects -- or not. It's up to you. 

We ask that you leave commercial interests at the door.

Countless organizations are proving that their team members who collaborate in a vendor-neutral environment often apply Open Innovation processes (such as The Apache Way) to their work. This helps create internal efficiencies and lays the groundwork for new external opportunities that may provide additional added benefits.

Bringing only your intention of contributing what best serves the greater Apache community reinforces trust in the people and projects behind the Apache brand, and helps us realize our mission of providing software for the public good. 

We learn together and work together to deliver the best software we can. 

Apache software is available for all.

The freedom to choose is what makes the Foundation and Apache projects so strong.

Summary

The software industry has changed and continues to change. The ways software is delivered to end users have changed. Some of the leaders in our industry have retired and new leaders have emerged. But some things have not changed. Our model of collaborative software development, through a combination of a licensing and social framework, remains one of the most successful models of software production.

Increasing the number of users, even those who do not contribute to code, should be seen as a benefit, not a problem, in Open Source. More users present an opportunity. At Apache, more users means more success since they are our future contributors.

As a US 501(c)(3) public charitable organization, The Apache Software Foundation helps individuals and organizations understand how Open Source at scale works in a highly competitive market. For more than two decades our focus has not been on producing software, but rather mentoring communities who produce software. The Apache Way advances sustainable Open Source communities: everything we do is Open Source so all kinds of users can benefit from our experience. Apache is for everyone.

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Monday March 18, 2019

Apache Software Foundation Platinum Sponsor Profile: Leaseweb

with Robert van der Meulen, Global Product Strategy Lead at Leaseweb


Robert is Global Product Strategy Lead at Leaseweb. Fascinated by technology, Robert studied computer sciences, and after his studies, he delved into the then relatively young and rapidly developing internet technology. He soon understood that the internet would be at the center of almost everything we do and wanted to be part of it. Robert is passionate about using technology to improve people's lives. He contributed to the Debian project as a developer later introduced Apache CloudStack in Leaseweb and has been active in the open source community for quite some time. During his 9 years at Leaseweb, he worked hard to make sure digital transformation, from how we communicate to how we do business, is part of the company mission. Follow @Leaseweb on Twitter.


"Many Apache projects are being built by – mostly – volunteers and motivated individuals, and the world can use, change and develop all of those. It's important to support the people that make this possible."


How did Leaseweb's work with Open Source begin?

There's a long history of open source within Leaseweb. When you do large-scale hosting, open source operating systems, tools, and applications are always pretty much part of your product – and working on open source projects brings mutual benefits. This can mean running a mirror for your customers and "the outside world", fixing and reporting bugs, or helping with actual features or changes to "products" you use. As our services portfolio grew, we started using and contributing to more open source projects, especially when Cloud was becoming a bigger part of the portfolio – bringing the need for more middleware and (platform) management.

Why Apache? How is Leaseweb involved with the ASF, and for how long?

If you count the Apache HTTP Server predating the ASF, we've probably been using ASF software in one way or another for as long as we exist – which is incidentally pretty close to the ASF (we celebrated our 20th anniversary about 2 years ago). Our contributions and use of ASF projects grew significantly when Apache CloudStack became part of the portfolio. CloudStack being open source and managed by the ASF after cloud.com and Citrix adventures gave us a nudge to start using it more. I'd say CloudStack is a significant part of our Cloud portfolio right now – we run large deployments all over the world, often supporting critical customer applications.

Why is support for foundations such as the ASF important? How does helping the ASF help Leaseweb?

Support for foundations such as the ASF is important because those foundations are important :-) . Any big open source project at some point needs the infrastructure to continue to run – and it's great if a project can rely on an organization like the ASF for that infrastructure so the focus can be on making the project great. Open source projects can grow and be more successful if they can more easily deal with governance, financials and administration, as well as tangible infrastructure and tools. Helping an organization like the ASF helps the ASF projects all over, which has an impact on the software we use as part of our products.

What sets the ASF apart from other software foundations or consortia?

The simple distinguishing factor is the size of the ASF. There's a vast number of projects which are part of the ASF, and most of those are significant in the free software "portfolio". Many of those components and projects are used in a less visible way, being part of the hard-core infrastructure of the Internet – but without them, many tools and devices we use would not be able to function. What I like about the ASF, is that it embodies the open source spirit by valuing consensus and being an enabler for the projects that are part of the Foundation. 

What does "The Apache Way" mean to Leaseweb? What makes The Apache Way special?

There's overlap between The Apache Way and the values we try to stick to in Leaseweb. 

Important ones are Merit, Open and Consensus – in part due to our backgrounds. We value facts, deeply dislike assumptions, and like to make decisions based on proper motivation and data. Growth makes people happy and gives great results, so we like people to do more of what they're good at – and to get even better at it. This also means being open to new opinions and ideas – executing on them because they make sense, not because where they come from. I think those values are recognizable in many open source communities as well as in The Apache Way.

Do you have any guidelines for promoting innovation? There is no limit with Open Source: how do you stay focused?

Open source projects are often tools for us or part of a product offering or service – which means we'd look at what tools fit best to get to where we want to be. Innovation is more a natural part of that, as we need it to continue to offer the right services to our markets. It's pretty much impossible to do that without constantly innovating and adding new features and products. Focus is a more difficult one; a large part of that focus is driven by our target markets and customers, so listening to that market and those customers to figure out what they want is super important. That information, along with keeping a close eye on market trends, gives us direction and focus from a product and services perspective. From a more technical angle, great engineers are always looking for ways to make their systems and services better :-) . Lots of input (and obviously the execution!) comes from the product teams – either by constant optimization and small changes, or by bigger business cases or ideas that can be executed. 

How does Apache fit into Leaseweb's long-term strategy/plans?

A number of our leading Cloud products are based on Apache software. We use Apache CloudStack for various private cloud and VPS offerings, and those platforms are continually growing and evolving – and we keep adding more with most of the new locations we open. Along with the CloudStack platforms, hosting environments obviously have many deployments using Apache web servers. Within our technical teams we consume lots of different Apache projects and actively contribute to a number of them (we have a dedicated CloudStack team that includes one of the Apache CloudStack PMC members). Every software solution has its limits, and obviously this goes for CloudStack too – but also we're happy we can change or help change the things that could be better. 

Money is just one way to support the ASF. How else do you contribute? What recommendations do you have for others to participate?

An important part of the ASF support is the platform we provide; it's obvious that The Apache Software Foundation would run their infrastructure on Apache CloudStack, but I'm happy the Leaseweb team and infrastructure is delivering and maintaining that particular CloudStack setup. There's a sense of pride; the people building the software are trusting our services to do part of that on. Next to that, it proves to me we provide a set of services and products we can be proud of and one that fits the requirements of a bunch of pretty hardcore Cloud developers.

How does it feel to be able to offer this level of support?

It feels great! It's important to, if you have the opportunity, give something back. Many Apache projects are being built by – mostly – volunteers and motivated individuals, and the world can use, change and develop all of those. It's important to support the people that make this possible.

Are there any other thoughts on the experience of being a large-scale donor that you would like to share? What else do we need to know?

Not much. I personally really enjoy seeing what happens with the support we provide – what projects it makes possible, what things it makes more easy or better. Tangible insight in the results is a big motivator as well as a proof point. 

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Sponsors of The Apache Software Foundation such as Leaseweb enable the all-volunteer ASF to ensure its 300+ community-driven software products remain available to billions of users around the world at no cost, and to incubate the next generation of Open Source innovations. For more information sponsorship and on ways to support the ASF, visit http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html . 

Friday March 15, 2019

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 March 2019

Mid-month: punch the clock! Here's hoping you had a great week --the Apache Community certainly has:

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 21st year.
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/DC and Open Source Career Fair 25 March 2019 http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshowdc19/
 - Join us + CFP EXTENDED: Apache Roadshow/Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/
 - CFP OPEN! ApacheCon North America 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/
 - REGISTRATION OPEN: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October in Berlin http://www.apachecon.com/aceu19/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield 99.99% uptime. Go Mighty Infra! Four nines! http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 485 Apache contributors changed 997,317 lines of code over 2,726 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Andrea Cosentino, Guanghao Zhang, Claus Ibsen, Fabio Utzig, and Jean-Baptiste Onofré.

Apache Project Announcements –the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache CouchDB 2.3.1 released https://couchdb.apache.org/

Content --
 - Apache JSPWiki 2.11.0.M2 released http://jspwiki.apache.org/

Databases --
 - Apache Derby 10.15.1.3 released https://db.apache.org/

IoT --
 - Apache PLC4X (incubating) 0.3.1 released http://plc4x.apache.org

Network-Server --
 - Apache MINA 2.0.20 released http://mina.apache.org/

Search --
 - Apache Solr Reference Guide 7.7 released https://lucene.apache.org/solr/guide/7_7

Testing --
 - Apache JMeter 5.1.1 released https://jmeter.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Ericsson, Inuit, and TransUnion are powered by Apache Drill? http://drill.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can find all Apache Projects listed from their date of becoming a Top-Level Project? https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that the ASF is a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) mentoring organization for the 15th consecutive year?Applications are open http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache in 2018 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2018Digits

 - 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

 - 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/

 - Flink Forward San Francisco 2019 will be held 1-2 April. The event is promoting collaboration between Apache projects by inviting 50 Apache Committers to attend for FREE: use "ASFCommitters19" code PLUS your @apache.org email when registering at https://sf-2019.flink-forward.org/register

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

 - CFP open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP open for ApacheCon North America 9-12 September 2019

 - Save the date: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October 2019 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 March 08, 2019

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 8 March 2019

Happy Friday! We hope you have had a great week. Let's review the Apache Community's achievements:

Success at Apache –the monthly blog series that focuses on the people and processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - Success at Apache: Growing with the ASF by Phil Steitz https://s.apache.org/NoXH

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 21st year.
 - MEDIA ALERT: The Apache Software Foundation to present on Apache software projects in government, cybersecurity, and more at Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair at George Mason University https://s.apache.org/oGww
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/DC and Open Source Career Fair 25 March 2019 http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshowdc19/
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/
 - CFP OPEN! ApacheCon North America 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October in Berlin http://www.apachecon.com/aceu19/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield 99.90% uptime. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 512 Apache contributors changed 947,385 lines of code over 3,146 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Ash Berlin-Taylor, Iñigo Goiri, Claus Ibsen, Eric Barnhill.

Apache Project Announcements –the latest updates by category.

Content --
 - Apache Any23 2.3 released http://any23.apache.org/

Databases --
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.8.10 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/
 - Apache Curator 4.2.0 released http://curator.apache.org

HTTP --
 - HttpComponents Core 5.0 beta7 released http://hc.apache.org/

Library --
- Apache MXNet (incubating) 1.4.0 released http://mxnet.incubator.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Pulsar 2.3.0 released https://pulsar.apache.org/

Network-Server --
 - Apache Lucene CVE-2019-0192 Deserialization of untrusted data via jmx.serviceUrl in Apache Solr http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201903.mbox/%3CCAECwjAV1buZwg%2BMcV9EAQ19MeAWztPVJYD4zGK8kQdADFYij1w%40mail.gmail.com%3E
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.93 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Testing --
 - CVE-2019-0187: Apache JMeter Missing client auth for RMI connection when distributed test is used http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201903.mbox/%3CCAH9fUpaUQaFbgY1Zh4OvKSL4wdvGAmVt%2Bn4fegibDoAxK5XARw%40mail.gmail.com%3E


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Flink Forward San Francisco 2019 is promoting collaboration between Apache projects by are inviting 50 Apache Committers to attend for FREE? Use "ASFCommitters19" code PLUS your @apache.org email when registering at https://sf-2019.flink-forward.org/register

 - Did you know that you can find all Apache Incubator projects from Amaterasu (Big Data) to Zipkin (microservices) at http://incubator.apache.org/ ?

 - Did you know that the ASF is a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) mentoring organization for the 15th consecutive year?Applications are open http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache in 2018 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2018Digits

 - 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

 - 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/

 - CFP open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP open for ApacheCon North America 9-12 September 2019

 - Save the date: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October 2019 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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Tuesday March 05, 2019

Success at Apache: Growing with the ASF

by Phil Steitz

I got involved at the ASF in 2002, back in the wild and wooly Apache Jakarta days. In my day job, I was responsible for the team introducing Java technology at a large financial services company.

One of the first things we built was an MVC (model-view-controller) framework for Web applications. We were very proud of it and it worked great in production, but it was hard for us to keep ahead of the feature requests from the many development teams who were using it. One evening, someone said, "Hey, there is this Struts thing that is very similar to what we do and it has some of these things already." I went home and found my way to the Jakarta Web site and downloaded the latest source release.

One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was asking questions on the struts user mailing list as we started playing with the software and seeing what it would take to convert our apps to use it. After a few months, I found myself answering questions on-list as well and I finally got up the nerve to submit my first patch, which was a documentation fix. At the time, the Apache Struts community was struggling to release version 1.0. I looked around to see what I could do to help and found my way to Apache Commons Pool and DBCP, which Struts was trying to use to replace its built-in connection pool. What I found there was some brilliant but inscrutable code hiding some nasty bugs that Struts needed fixed. At that time, I did not have the Java skills to solve the problems, but I resolved to come back when I did and I watched as others developed workarounds that enabled the Struts community to move forward. I found a welcoming community in Commons and some problems that I could help with. I did eventually make it back to Commons Pool and DBCP, serving as RM for quite a few releases.

During this same timeframe, my $dayjob career was advancing rapidly, thanks in no small part to my aggressive introduction of Open Source software and practices, which was uncommon at the time in financial services. We brought in some ASF committers and their companies to help us build a development pipeline and tooling that was ahead of its time. We applied the Contributor - Committer - PMC member concept to developing enterprise technology standards and strategy. We developed the concept of "earned authority" in technology decision-making, modeled after the idea of publicly earned merit at the ASF. My leadership approach was profoundly influenced by my experience at the ASF, and continues to be to this day. Not a day goes by at work when I do not push for more transparency, more eyeballs on code and more focus on community collaboration and genuine appreciation of diverse viewpoints. I am very grateful to the many ASF community members who have helped me develop as a leader.

Through the years I've met other Apache committers with similar experiences: welcoming projects, friendly communities and great opportunities for personal growth. I’m pleased to see how the ASF has grown and continued to evolve. Every day new contributors join us and new leaders regularly emerge to help guide our communities and the Foundation overall. We all benefit from our experience here and the Foundation becomes stronger as a result. 


Phil Steitz is Chairman of the Board of The Apache Software Foundation.  He has been an ASF committer since 2003 and a member since 2005.  He served for 4 years as Vice President, Apache Commons. Phil also currently serves as Chief Technology officer of Nextiva, a cloud-based business communications company. He has previously held C-level technology leadership positions at multiple software and financial services companies.

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

Monday March 04, 2019

MEDIA ALERT: The Apache Software Foundation to present on Apache software projects in government, cybersecurity, and more at Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair at George Mason University

Wakefield, MA —4 March 2019— ApacheCon, the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), announced today the Apache Roadshow/DC, held in partnership with George Mason University (GMU).

WHO
The Apache Software Foundation is the world's largest Open Source foundation. The all-volunteer ASF develops, stewards, and incubates more than 350 enterprise-grade projects that serve as the backbone for some of the most visible and widely used applications in computing today. From artificial intelligence and deep learning, Big Data, build management, Cloud computing, content management, DevOps, IoT and Edge computing, mobile, servers, Web frameworks, and many other categories, all Apache software products are available to the public-at-large at 100% no cost, and benefit billions of users around the world.

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest and most diverse public research university, enrolls 37,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states, who attend on campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, Manassas, and Loudoun, Virginia, as well as in Songdo, South Korea.

The Apache Roadshow is held in cooperation with the Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE) of the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. The multidisciplinary school maintains a dual pre-eminence in both information technology and engineering, and seeks to graduate students who will take initiative, step up, and leave the planet better than they found it.

WHAT
Apache Roadshows are part of the official ASF conference series: they are smaller events with a more focused program and regional community engagement.

The DC Roadshow program features two dozen presentations on Apache projects across the following tracks: government, cybersecurity, CARE projects, and career development, in tandem with one of the first Open Source Software job fairs.

Topics include The Apache Way, analytics, Big Data, Cloud, cybersecurity, governance, healthcare, machine learning and natural language processing (NLP), and security, featuring Apache projects such as Airflow, Cassandra, cTAKES, Daffodil (incubating), Drill, Fortress, Hadoop, Ignite, NiFi, Rya, Tomcat, and more.

Speakers include representatives from The Apache Software Foundation, Apifocal, Benefits Data Trust, BMC Software, Capital One, Cloudera, ConSensys, DataNexus, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Fannie Mae, George Mason University, GridGain, IEEE, MITRE, Symas, Thomson Reuters, Total Child Health, Tresys, US Naval Academy, Verizon Media, and WSO2, among others.

The Roadshow's opening keynote, "Why Open Source is Vital in IT", will be presented by Jim Jagielski, co-founder of the ASF, Project Management Committee member of Apache HTTP Server and Apache Tomcat, and Open Source Chef at ConSensys.

The Open Source Job Fair will include representatives from AWS, Bloomberg, dito, Google, GridGain, Linode, and Security University, among others.


WHEN
Monday 25 March 2019

     Breakfast and Registration: 8AM ET
     Kickoff and Keynote: 9AM ET
     Open Source Job Fair: 10AM ET
     Post-Event Happy Hour: 5.15PM ET

WHERE
Dewberry Hall within the Johnson Center at George Mason University Main Fairfax Campus.

HOW
For more information and to register, visit http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshowdc19/

Tickets are $25 for standard admission; $15 for students; and free of charge for the Career Fair (pre-registration required).

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore ”Tomorrow’s Technology Today” across 300+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCon .

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
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Friday March 01, 2019

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 1 March 2019

Hurrah for March! Let's review what the Apache Community has achieved this week:

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: November 2018 - January 2019 https://s.apache.org/nUxz
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 March. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 21st year.
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/DC and Open Source Career Fair 25 March 2019 http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon Europe 22-24 October in Berlin http://www.apachecon.com/aceu19/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield 99.93% uptime. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 493 Apache contributors changed 1,098,430 lines of code over 2,927 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Vishal Suvagia, Andrea Cosentino, Tzu-Li Tai, Zhang Duo, and Claus Ibsen.

Apache Project Announcements –the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Trafodion 2.3.0 released https://trafodion.apache.org/

Content --
 - Apache UIMA Ruta 2.7.0 released http://uima.apache.org/
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.14 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/

Databases --
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.10.1 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

 Library --
- Apache Daffodil (incubating) 2.3.0 https://daffodil.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Pulsar 2.3.0 released https://pulsar.apache.org/

Network-Server --
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.93 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Apache mod_perl (19 years); Apache Maven (16 years); Apache Struts (15 years); Apache Jackrabbit (13 years); Apache Felix (12 years); Apache Archiva (11 years); Apache UIMA (9 years); Apache Accumulo and Apache Sqoop (7 years); Apache Bloodhound, Apache CloudStack, and Apache cTAKES (6 years); Apache Allura, Apache Olingo, and Apache Tajo (5 years); Apache Aurora (4 years); Apache Sentry (3 years); and Apache FreeMarker (1 year) -- many happy returns! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Flink Forward San Francisco 2019 is promoting collaboration between Apache projects by are inviting 50 Apache Committers to attend for FREE? Use "ASFCommitters19" code PLUS your @apache.org email when registering at https://sf-2019.flink-forward.org/register

 - Did you know that Apache Myriad are welcoming contributors, with an initial request to review the new v0.3.0-rc1? https://www.mail-archive.com/dev@myriad.incubator.apache.org/msg02661.html

Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache in 2018 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2018Digits

 - 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

 - 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/

 - CFP open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - Save the date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September 2019 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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The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: November 2018 - January 2019

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2019 (November 2018 - January 2019)

"Happy to be a sponsor of one of the most important foundations in the world!"
Randy Abernethy, Managing Partner, RX-M LLC (ASF Bronze Sponsor)

> Conferences and Events: During this period, the Events team was mostly focused on preparations for upcoming events, as reported in our previous quarterly report, so there's not much to add. Our current status, as of 31 January, is as below:

  • Apache Roadshow, DC
    After several setbacks, the DC roadshow has been rescheduled for March 25th at George Mason University. Event details, and the full schedule of talks, may be found at http://apachecon.com/usroadshowdc19

    The DC roadshow will also feature a job fair.

  • Apache Roadshow, Chicago
    The planning for the Chicago roadshow is moving along nicely. It will be held May 13-14 in Logan Square, and details may be found at http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html

  • ApacheCon North America 2019
    During the period of this report, we signed agreements to hold ApacheCon North America 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 9-12, 2019. This event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Apache Software Foundation. The call for presentations will open soon, and sponsor opportunities will also be available soon.

  • ApacheCon Europe 2019
    Planning for ApacheCon Europe 2019 is well underway, and you can expect announcements and further details very soon.


> Community Development
One of the main themes raised this quarter was around ways to encourage new contributors by lowering the barriers to entry and other techniques that could help onboard them.

Some new contributor onboarding material tailored specifically tailored around Apache and participation in Apache projects is currently being developed and the community feedback has been very positive.

Discussion has also started about how to recognize non technical contributions. This is an area where Community Development could really help in the development of materials and processes, as well as providing guidance to projects on how it could be implemented.

In December, we participated at the Paris Open Source Summit, one of the main Open Source events in France. We had an ASF booth and over the two day summit saw lots of attendees who were keen to know more about the ASF. 

We were also invited to participate in a workshop to talk about how the administrative sector could help increase collaboration with Open Source foundations and communities.

The ASF has once again has applied to be a mentoring organisation for GSoC. In preparation, we have asked all ASF projects interested in participating to start recording their ideas.

We are continually receiving requests to participate at events and would like to be more organised in selecting and planning our event participation. As a first step we have asked our community for their feedback on which events they think are the most important ones for us to be involved. Based on this we hope to create a high level event participation plan for 2019.

Our mailing list subscriptions have increased this quarter and even though we have had a lot of active discussions, the traffic has decreased, probably due to the December holiday period.

> Committers and Contributions: Over the past quarter, 1,615 contributors committed 45,054 changes that amount to 18,612,331 lines of code across Apache projects. The top 5 contributors during this timeframe were: Andrea Cosentino (1,142 commits), Jean-Baptiste Onofré (747 commits), Tilman Hausherr (599 commits), Mark Thomas (594 commits), and Tellier Benoit (512 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 Q3 FY2019, the ASF Secretary processed 232 ICLAs, 3 CCLAs, and 10 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 fell slightly this quarter which was probably due to the end of year holiday period. The budget request for next financial year was finalized and submitted.

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 US registration of OPENOFFICE completed this quarter and we started the process to register IGNITE in the EU and China. We also worked with counsel to respond to office actions for a number of in-progress registrations.

With the assistance of counsel, we addressed a number of external registrations that overlap with our own with those external registrations being amended to avoid the overlap.

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.

We saw an increase in projects reaching out to speakers and conference organizers this quarter to ensure that Apache projects were referred to correctly in conference session titles and abstracts.

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:
 It has been a very busy quarter for the Infrastructure team. We have been migrating many services to new approaches and systems, including gitbox, backups, and configuration management.

We have been reporting on the move to "Gitbox" for a while now, and this quarter the testing, development, and evolution is nearly at a close. This quarter, many hundreds of repositories have migrated from our old git provisioning to our new gitbox system. A mere hundred repositories are left, and will be completed in February, allowing us to shut down old hardware, old systems, and reduce our maintenance efforts. Meanwhile, the many tools that GitHub brings to development will be available to our projects.

This quarter has also seen a revamp of our backup systems to a simpler, straightforward mechanism across our multitude of virtual machines. We had a mix of commercial backup and in-house systems built on standard F/OSS tools. By concentrating on the in-house tooling, we have dramatically reduced costs and simplified our ongoing maintenance.

Our final, large system migration involves our use of Puppet for configuration management. For the past several years, we've been migrating our very old, organically-constructed systems onto Puppet version 3. While that process of bringing modern configuration management into our operations, Puppet has released many versions, now up to version 6. This quarter, we have begun to deploy new systems using this v6 setup. Looking forward, we'll begin shifting our operations to this new platform, to improve our operations.

In addition to these larger system moves, the team has kept busy with larger scale planning. Hiring more staff, longer term migration of our core email handling, five year budget planning, monitoring improvements, and decommissioning of our old hardware.

> Financial Statement:



> Fundraising:
 Fundraising has continued to go well this past quarter. We are pleased to have had several renewals from our awesome sponsors and we've even grown the ASF family of Sponsors and Targeted Sponsors! Welcome Amazon Web Services at the Platinum level, and RX-M LLC and Online Holland Casino at the Bronze level. We've recently begun our quarterly cycles of outreach via our Sponsor Ambassadors and look forward to hearing from our sponsors.

Work on reviewing the concept of a potential endowment or endowment-like project for the ASF has been transferred to VP Finance. The Fundraising committee remains engaged and eager to support however possible.

Fundraising support for ASF events (ApacheCon and Apache Roadshow) has picked up with the development of event prospectuses and assignments of Event Sponsor Ambassadors. We have also established and documented a new model for handling event fundraising.

It was wonderful to spend some time with our ASF family and friends at FOSDEM and look forward to doing the same at Apache Roadshow DC in March.

Internally the Fundraising committee continues to focus on improvements. Processes, documentation, record keeping and tracking is being reviewed and bolstered across the board. The team also thanks Kevin A McGrail for his hard work and dedication (VP and Co-VP Fundraising) over the past two years as he steps away from Fundraising.

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Thank you to all our Sponsors!

  • PLATINUM: Amazon Web Services, 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, Holland Online Casino, HostChecka.com, HostingAdvice.com, HostPapa Web Hosting, The Linux Foundation, Mobile Slots, RX-M LLC, 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, Vice President 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 2019.

Friday February 22, 2019

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 February 2019

We hope you are having a happy Friday. The Apache Community has had a productive week, as always. Let's review:

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 21st year.
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/DC and Open Source Career Fair 25 March 2019 http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/
 - CFP CLOSING TODAY: Apache Roadshow/Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 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 99.94% uptime. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 457 Apache contributors changed 794,949 lines of code over 2,520 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Colm Ó hÉigeartaigh, Michael Stack, Iñigo Goiri, Claus Ibsen, and Andrea Cosentino.

Apache Project Announcements –the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Apache Arrow™ Momentum https://s.apache.org/zhaP
 - Apache Beam 2.10.0 released https://beam.apache.org/
 - Apache Flink 1.7.2 released https://flink.apache.org/
 - Apache Kafka 2.1.1 released https://kafka.apache.org/ - Apache NiFi 1.9.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Library --
 - Apache Commons Codec 1.12 released http://commons.apache.org/
 - Apache Olingo 2.0.11 released http://olingo.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Pulsar 2.3.0 released https://pulsar.apache.org/

Testing --
 - Apache JMeter 5.1 released https://jmeter.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Amazon Music Recommendations is powered by Apache MXNet (incubating)? http://mxnet.apache.org/

 - Did you know that China Merchants Bank, CMBChina Mall, and China Eastern Airline use Apache SkyWalking (incubating)? http://skywalking.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can review and share your feedback on the first milestone of Apache Camel 3? http://camel.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache in 2018 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2018Digits

 - 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

 - 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/

 - CFP open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - Save the date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September 2019 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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Tuesday February 19, 2019

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Apache Arrow™ Momentum

Open Source Big Data in-memory columnar layer adopted by dozens of Open Source and commercial technologies; exceeded 1,000,000 monthly downloads within first three years as an Apache Top-Level Project

Wakefield, MA —19 February 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced momentum with Apache® Arrow™, the Open Source Big Data in-memory columnar layer.

Since the founding of the project in January 2016, Apache Arrow has quickly become the defacto standard for representing and processing analytical data in memory, accelerating analytical processing and interchange by more than 100x.

"When we became a Top-Level Project, we projected that the majority of the world's data will be processed through Arrow within the next decade," said Jacques Nadeau, Vice President of Apache Arrow. "In just three years time, we are proud to see Arrow's substantial industry adoption and increased value across a wide range of analytical, machine learning, and artificial intelligence workloads."

Highlights of Apache Arrow's success include:

Industry Adoption —more than 20 major technologies adopted Arrow to accelerate in-memory analytics, including Apache Spark, NVIDIA RAPIDS, pandas, and Dremio, among others. A list of known Open Source and commercial implementations can be found at https://arrow.apache.org/powered_by/

Millions of Downloads —leveraging and integrating Apache Arrow into many other technologies has bolstered downloads to more than 1,000,000 each month.

New Language Support —as a cross-language development platform, supporting multiple programming languages is paramount. Apache Arrow has grown from supporting one language to eleven different languages today; they include C++, Java, Python, R, C#, Javascript, and Ruby, among others.

Seamless Data Format Support —Arrow supports different data types, both simple and nested, located in arbitrary memory such as regular system RAM, memory-mapped files or on-GPU memory. In addition, it can ingest data from popular storage formats such as Apache Parquet, CSV files, Apache ORC, JSON, and more.

Major Code Donations —Apache Arrow's new features and expanded functionality are due in part to code and component donations that include:
  • C# Library
  • Gandiva LLVM-based Expression Compiler
  • Go Library
  • Javascript Library
  • Plasma Shared Memory Object Store
  • Ruby Libraries (Apache Arrow and Apache Parquet)
  • Rust Libraries (Parquet and DataFusion Query Engine)
Community and Contributor Growth —over the past 12 months, nearly 300 individuals have submitted more than 3,000 contributions that have grown the Apache Arrow code base by 300,000 lines of code. The Arrow community is welcoming approximately 10 new contributors each month.


In January the project announced its most recent release, Apache Arrow 0.12.0, which reflects more than 600 enhancements developed during Q4 2018. The Apache Arrow community is actively working on a number of impactful new initiatives that include solving high performance analytical problems and allowing for more efficient data distribution across entire clusters.

"Apache Arrow's rapid industry adoption and developer community growth supports our original thesis of the importance of a language-independent open standard for columnar data," said Wes McKinney, member of the Apache Arrow Project Management Committee, and creator of Python's pandas project. "Additionally, we are seeing productive collaborations take place not only between programming languages but also between the database systems and data science worlds. We look forward to welcoming more data system developers into our community."

About Apache Arrow
Apache Arrow is a cross-language development platform for in-memory data. It specifies a standardized language-independent columnar memory format for flat and hierarchical data, organized for efficient analytic operations on modern hardware. It also provides computational libraries and zero-copy streaming messaging and interprocess communication. Languages currently supported include C, C++, C#, Go, Java, JavaScript, MATLAB, Python, R, Ruby, and Rust.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Arrow 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 Arrow, visit http://arrow.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 7,000 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 global conference series. 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, Union Investment, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

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Friday February 15, 2019

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 February 2019

Mid-month already! Let's see what Apache Community worked on last week:

A little Valentine's appreciation to all our Sponsors, whose support demonstrates how they #LoveApache http://apache.org/foundation/thanks

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 21st year.
 - Join us: Apache Roadshow/DC and Open Source Career Fair 25 March 2019 http://www.apachecon.com/usroadshow18/
 - CFP CLOSING TODAY: Apache Roadshow/Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 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 99.88% uptime. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 477 Apache contributors changed 776,105 lines of code over 2,899 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Sean Busbey, Duo Zhang, Andrea Cosentino, Claus Ibsen, and Sebastian Bazley.

Apache Project Announcements –the latest updates by category.

Library --
 - Apache Apache Commons Collections 4.3 released http://commons.apache.org/

Logging --
 - Apache Log4j 2.11.2 released https://logging.apache.org/

Network/Server --
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.38 released http://tomcat.apache.org/ - Apache Qpid Proton 0.27.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Search --
 - Apache Lucene 7.7.0 and Solr 7.7.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/
 - CVE-2017-3164 SSRF issue in Apache Solr http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201902.mbox/%3CCAECwjAVjBN%3DwO5rYs6ktAX-5%3D-f5JDFwbbTSM2TTjEbGO5jKKA%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Apache HTTP Server (24 years --established prior to the ASF's incorporation!); Gump and Portals (15 years); Directory, MyFaces, and Xerces (14 years); Tapestry (13 years); Roller (12 years); Cassandra and Subversion (9 years); Chemistry (8 years); BVa and OpenNLP (7 years); Clerezza and Crunch (6 years); Knox, Open Climate Workbench, and Spark (5 years); and DataFu (1 year). Many happy returns! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Apache Groovy was downloaded 30 million times during Q4 2018? http://groovy.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Edgent (incubating) can be embedded in gateways and small footprint edge devices to enable real-time IoT data analytics? http://edgent.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - Apache in 2018 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2018Digits

 - 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

 - 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/

 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html

 - CFP now open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - Save the date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September 2019 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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