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Monday Mar 30, 2015

The Apache™ Software Foundation to celebrate 15 years of community-led innovation at ApacheCon

Developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 projects and initiatives lauded among the most successful influencers in Open Source; will also honor 20th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server with ASF founding members

FOREST HILL, MD –30 March, 2015– The Apache™ Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today its ongoing role in driving innovation over the past 15 years.

Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide, and can be found in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones. Mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, Big Data, Cloud computing, mobile, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, development frameworks, foundational libraries, and many other categories, depend on Apache software.

The ASF will celebrate 15 years of community-led innovation at ApacheCon, its official conference, 13-17 April 2015 in Austin, Texas. 

Joining ASF President Ross Gardler on the main stage will be ASF Founding President and Mithril Capital Management Managing Director Brian Behlendorf, Cloud Foundry Technology Chief of Staff Chip Childers, Red Hat University Outreach - Open Source & Standards Gina Likins, Pivotal Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy Mike Maxey, Microsoft Director of Program Management Jay Schmelzer, and Continuum Analytics Science Officer Andy Terrel.

Featured Sessions and Tracks

Now in its 16th year, ApacheCon will feature 120 in-depth sessions across sixteen tracks that include Big Data, Business, Cloud, Containers, Content, Integration, Mobile, OFBiz/Open Source ERP, Science, and Security. 

Participants will gain first-hand insight into some of the most critical technology issues organizations face today and their solutions using major Open Source strategies and Apache products. They include: ActiveMQ™, Airavata™, Bigtop™, Cassandra™, CloudStack™, Commons™ Math, Cordova™, Crunch™, cTAKES™,  CXF™, Directory™, Flink™, Flume™, Hadoop™, Hive™, httpd™, jclouds™, Kafka™, Karaf™,  Lucene™, Mesos™, OFBiz™, Olingo™, OODT™, Qpid™, Solr™, Spark™, Storm™, Tika™, Tomcat™, UIMA™, and more.

The popular Servers track will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Web Server with a panel featuring ASF founding members Ken Coar, Roy Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Randy Terbush, and Dirk-Willem van Gulik, who will share their inspiring story and historic vision behind the world's most popular Web server.

With 27 new projects in the Apache Incubator over the past year, innovation is at the heart of the ASF. Incubating projects such as Brooklyn, Calcite, Ignite, Kylin, Lens, MRQL, NiFi, Sentry, Slider, TinkerPop, and Zeppelin will showcase their respective technologies, as well as the process for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the ASF's efforts. ApacheCon attendees will also have the opportunity to meet members of the Apache Incubator Project Management Committee and learn about newly incubating projects such as Corinthia, REEF, and Groovy.

New to ApacheCon's Community track this year are sessions dedicated to education and mentoring, including Google Summer of Code (where the ASF has been a mentoring organization for 11 consecutive years), teaching computer science to high school students, and applying the meritocratic "Apache Way" to the first robotics competition for kids.

Sessions will be led by experts from top organizations including 1Tech Ltd, AntWebsystems, AppDirect, Brainfood, Cerner Corporation, Chef Software, Class Software, Cloudant, Cloudera, CloudSigma, Cloudsoft, Comcast, Comprehend Systems, Confluent, Data Artisans, Data Mine Lab, datawire.io, eBay, EMC, Google, GridGain, HP, Hortonworks, HotWax Media, IBM, Inmobi, Integrin Enterprise Solutions, Intel, Internet Technology Solutions, LinkedIn, LucidWorks, Mesosphere, Meteorite Consulting, Microsoft, The MITRE Corporation, NASA, Network Geographics, NFLabs, Ontopic, Onyara, Paulin Solutions, PayPal, Pivotal, Quanticate, Rackspace, RedHat, Rustici Software, SAP, Scaling Data, Schuberg Philis, Shippable, SolidFire, Symas Corporation, Talend, TEALS, Total Child Health, Twitter, University of Southern California, University of Texas/Arlington, Wired Informatics, and Yahoo!.

With extensive networking opportunities, interactive bonus events (BarCampApache, Birds of a Feather, Lightning Talks, PGP Key Signing, and Women of ASF Luncheon), exciting evening activities, and co-located events focused on specific Apache projects (CloudStack Days, Ignite Training Session, Spark Forum, and Traffic Server Summit), ApacheCon provides attendees the opportunity to delve into new technologies and meet the diverse community behind the software that nearly 3 billion people rely on every day.

Building the Next Round of Useful Applications

Development at the ASF is perpetual: more than 300 code commits were made over the past 24 hours (source: http://status.apache.org/ ). 50% of the Top 10 Open Source downloads are Apache products, enabling developers, users, and companies to harness the power of community-led software to create innovative new solutions. Apache Project announcements around ApacheCon include:

  • Apache Flink™ –the Open Source programming environment and distributed engine for unified batch and stream data analytics is working on Apache Flink v0.9-milestone1, a preview release that gives users access to several new features, including Flink's Table API that enables SQL-like logical queries on distributed datasets, a Machine Learning library on Flink, Gelly (Flink's new library and API for graph processing), a new mode on executing Flink programs on top of Apache Tez, a lot of improvements on running Flink on YARN, a new connector for consuming Apache Kafka event streams, and improvements to defining streaming windows. Even though this is a preview release, Flink 0.9-milestone1 closes more than 200 JIRA tickets.

  • Apache Openmeetings™ –the Open Source video conferencing and collaboration platform provides instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming. OpenMeetings is used in many educational and commercial projects with many plugins for popular E-Learning platforms like Moodle or blog software Wordpress and Drupal. The project will be releasing Openmeetings v3.0.5, the result of 8 years of development, reflecting more than 192 changes and upgrades over the previous major release, including an improved installer, DB configuration process, and user experience.

  • Apache Samza™ –an Open Source Big Data distributed stream processing framework used in business intelligence, financial services, healthcare, mobile applications, security, and software development, among other industries. The project is preparing to release Samza v0.9.0, its first release since graduating from the Apache Incubator in January 2015. Samza v0.9.0 reflects 94 changes and upgrades since last release; improvements include upgrading Kafka producer, adding streaming log appender, having more integration tests, and improving the overall performance.

  • Apache SpamAssassin™ –the #1 Open Source anti-spam platform giving system administrators a filter to classify email and block "spam" (unsolicited bulk email).  It uses a robust scoring framework and plug-ins to integrate a wide range of advanced heuristic and statistical analysis tests on email headers and body text. The project is preparing to release SpamAssassin v3.4.1, representing more than a year of development and nearly 500 tweaks, changes, upgrades and bug fixes over the previous release.  Highlights include: improved automation to help combat spammers that are abusing new top level domains; tweaks to the SPF support to block more spoofed emails; increased character set normalization to make rules easier to develop and stop spammers from using alternate character sets to bypass tests; continued refinement to the native IPv6 support; and improved Bayesian classification with better debugging and attachment hashing.

  • Apache VCL™ –an Open Source system used to dynamically provision and broker remote access to a dedicated compute environment in a self-service model; this compute environment can be as simple as a virtual machine running productivity software to a cluster of machines running data analysis. The project recently released Apache VCL v2.4.1, the result of 11 years of development, and reflects more than 700 changes and upgrades over the previous major release. Apache VCL v2.4.1 includes an installer, support for Network Address Translation, initial support for Openstack, and many general improvements. Apache VCL also provisions physical machines using xCAT and virtual machines on VMWare and KVM hypervisors using native commands. Future releases will include Docker, Hyper-V support, and other enhancements. Apache VCL has been successfully deployed in universities around the world as an Open Source Cloud platform.

Today, Apache software is so ubiquitous that the ASF has been hailed as one of the most successful influencers in Open Source. Its collaborative leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process serve as best practices widely embraced by organizations and individuals alike. Join us as we look ahead to the next 15 years of spearheading new projects that meet the growing demands of the marketplace and help users achieve their business goals. 

To register for ApacheCon, visit http://apachecon.com/

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday Mar 27, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 27 March 2015

The ASF had a very busy week, and held its 2-day Members' meeting (highlighted by elections for the new Board and 100+ potential new Members; votes took place using Apache STeVe). The ASF welcomed its new Board, comprising Rich Bowen, Shane Curcuru, Bertrand Delacretaz, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, David Nalley, Brett Porter, Sam Ruby, and Greg Stein, and thanked Doug Cutting and Ross Gardler (who stood down at this election) for their service to the Foundation and Apache community.

Here's what we've also been working on:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
- Spanning Big Data to containers to scientific applications to community development and more, ApacheCon's 130+ sessions, BOFs, extensive networking, social events, special trainings, BarCamps, and summits put the latest Apache innovations at your fingertips. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is a super 99.72% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Community Development –volunteers who help guide newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation, provide insight and advice on The Apache Way of meritocratic development, including how to contribute to Apache projects and to the Open Source community at-large.
 - FINAL CALL: Applications for Google Summer of Code 2015 projects with the ASF close today http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.3 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 0.9.4 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Storm is used by Alibaba, Flipboard, Taobao, Twitter, WebMD, Xerox PARC, and Yelp, among many others?

 - Did you know that Apache Libcloud supports more than 30 providers such as Amazon Web Services, Apache CloudStack, Eucalyptus, Google Cloud Platform, Rackspace, and OpenStack?

 - Did you know that Apache cTAKES is in use at Boston Children's Hospital, Mayo Clinic, University of Colorado/Boulder, and the University of California/San Diego, among other hospitals and academic institutions?

Apache Community Notices:

 - The next Apache Flink MeetUp will be held 31 March in Berlin http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/221037302/

 - Apache Drill will be holding a workshop on 8 April in New York City http://www.meetup.com/New-York-Apache-Drill-Meetup/events/221030703/

 - Call for Speakers for CloudStack Days Tokyo closes on 10 April http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/cloudstack-tokyo

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache JMeter will be featured at the Drupal Meetup on 16 April in Sydney http://www.meetup.com/drupalsydney/events/220110457/

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The next Apache Phoenix MeetUp will be held on 5 May in Santa Clara http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/221247399/

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - A lightning talk on Apache Calcite will take place on 20 May at XLDB in Stanford http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/xldb2015/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured at {CODESHOW}SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - 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 Mar 20, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 20 March 2015

Let's kick off the Vernal Equinox with a snapshot what the Apache community has been working on this week:

 ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
- Special Registration & Hotel Rates for ApacheCon North America close TODAY http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is a very happy 99.47% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Community Development –volunteers who help guide newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation, provide insight and advice on The Apache Way of meritocratic development, including how to contribute to Apache projects and to the Open Source community at-large.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Accepted as a Google Summer of Code 2015 Mentoring Organization http://s.apache.org/DEi

Apache Camel™ –a powerful open source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns. Rules for Camel's routing and mediation engine can be defined in either a Java based DSL, XML or using DSLs for dynamic languages such as Groovy or Scala.
 - Apache Camel 2.13.4, 2.14.2, and 2.15.0 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache DeltaSpike™ –a portable JSR-299 CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java) Extension library which contains lots of useful tools and helpers which are missing in the CDI core spec. DeltaSpike is not a CDI-container itself, but a portable extension library which can run on all CDI-containers.
 - Apache DeltaSpike-1.3.0 released http://deltaspike.apache.org/download.html

Apache Flex™ –the server-based Java remoting and Web messaging technology that enables developers to easily connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR applications for more responsive rich Internet application (RIA) experiences.
 - Apache Flex BlazeDS 4.7.0 released http://www.us.apache.org/dist/flex/BlazeDS/4.7.0/

Apache HttpComponents™ –a set of low level HTTP transport components that can be used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.
 - Apache HttpComponents Core 4.4.1 GA released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.12 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Jena™ –an open source Java framework for building Semantic Web and Linked Data applications.
 - Apache Jena 2.13.0 released http://www.apache.org/dist/jena/source/

Apache JMeter™ –a 100% pure Java application designed to test server applications, generate test loads, measure performance, and test functional behavior.
 - Apache JMeter 2.13 released http://jmeter.apache.org/

Apache NiFi (Incubating) –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data. Made for dataflow, NiFi supports highly configurable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic.
 - Apache NiFi 0.0.2-incubating released http://nifi.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –a cross-platform enterprise messaging solution which implements the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP). It provides brokers written in C++ and Java, along with clients for C++, Java JMS, .Net, Python, Ruby, and Perl.
 - Apache Qpid 0.32 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Subversion™ –an Open Source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
 - Apache Subversion 1.9.0-beta1 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#pre-releases

Apache Tomcat™ Standard Taglib –an Open Source software implementation of the JSP Standard Tag Library (JSTL) technology.
 - Apache Standard Taglib 1.2.5 released http://tomcat.apache.org/taglibs.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that according to the Dice 2015 Salary Survey, 5 of the Top 10 in-demand (and highest paying!) skills are for Apache projects?

 - Did you know that the Apache JMeter testing/performance application is used by SAP, IBM, Oracle, and Sapient among many other organizations?

 - Did you know that Apache Solr powers some of the world's most heavily-trafficked sites and applications, including AOL, Bloomberg, and eBay?

Apache Community Notices:

 - The next Apache Mesos User Group MeetUp will take place 25 March in London http://www.meetup.com/London-Mesos-User-Group/events/220602962/

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon (CFP open for all 5 CloudStack Days events: Austin, Budapest, Dublin, Seattle, and Tokyo) http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - 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 Mar 17, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Accepted as a Google Summer of Code 2015 Mentoring Organization

Hundreds of students mentored in "The Apache Way" of community-driven development since the program's inception in 2005.

Forest Hill, MD –17 March 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that it has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) mentoring organization for the 11th consecutive year.

The Google Summer of Code program offers student developers stipends to write code for various Open Source projects over a three month period. This year, students will be paired with mentors from 137 Open Source, free software, and technology-related groups that include CERN, GNU Project, KDE, MIT Media Lab, WikiMedia Foundation, and many more.

The ASF was amongst the initial 39 organizations selected to participate in the very first GSoC in 2005, and has participated every year since. At the ASF, the GSoC program is overseen by the Apache Community Development project, which comprises volunteers who help guide newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation, provide insight and advice on The Apache Way of meritocratic development, including how to contribute to Apache projects and to the Open Source community at-large.

"Over the summer, Apache Committers will mentor students that are sponsored by Google and will be working on many of our projects," said Ulrich Stärk, Vice President of Community Development at the ASF. "The program helps us to not only get some great code written, but also to introduce students into Open Source development and hopefully recruit some new long-term Committers."

Students are encouraged to discuss ideas with mentoring organizations and finalize proposals for projects of interest by the 27 March deadline. ASF mentors have proposed 129 ideas for Apache projects in Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise Integration, Enterprise Search, Project Management, Semantic Web & Linked Data, along with other categories. Students may choose from the Apache "Ideas Page" at http://s.apache.org/gsoc2015ideas or suggest their own project for approval. Coding will begin 25 May and end 21 August.

"GSoC gives students the chance to work on industry-leading Open Source projects, collaborate with diverse communities, and gain real world experience related to their academic pursuits," added Stärk. "We are proud to have mentored so many talented students over the years, and furthered our mission of providing software products for the public good. It's a rewarding experience both for the students and the Apache community at-large."

Since the program's inception, GSoC has brought together over 8,500 successful student participants from over countries and over 8,000 mentors from 109 countries worldwide to produce over 55 million lines of code.

"Being accepted once again as a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization reinforces The Apache Software Foundation's leadership in community-driven development," said ASF Vice Chairman Greg Stein, who, in 2005 co-created the GSoC program while working at Google. "Hundreds of students have been mentored in 'The Apache Way' --many have continued on to become long-term code committers on a variety of Apache projects, with some active program participants elected as ASF Members."

Information on the ASF's participation in Google Summer of Code is available at http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

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Friday Mar 13, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 13 March 2015

It's certainly been a productive week! Here's what's happened within the Apache community:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Special Registration Rates for ApacheCon North America available through 21 March http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Whilst currently undergoing maintenance, uptime over the past week was a stellar 99.987% http://status.apache.org/

ASF Community Development –our team of volunteers that help guide newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation, provide insight and advice on The Apache Way of meritocratic development, including how to contribute to our many projects and to the Apache community at-large.
 - The ASF has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization for the 11th consecutive year http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

Apache Incbuator™ –the entry path into The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts. All code donations from external organisations and existing external projects wishing to join Apache enter through the Incubator.
 - AsterixDB, CommonsRDF, Myriad, and SAMOA are new podlings http://incubator.apache.org/projects/index.html
 - Groovy Submitted to Become a Project at The Apache Software Foundation http://s.apache.org/zj7

Apache Hive™ –data warehouse software facilitates querying and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage; built on top of Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Hive 1.1.0 released https://hive.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ –scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.1.7 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kafka™ –high-throughput, publish-subscribe messaging system rethought of as a distributed commit log.
 - Apache Kafka 0.8.2.1 released http://kafka.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tajo™ –mature Open Source relational Big Data warehousing solution provides advanced "SQL-on-Hadoop" functionality and support.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Tajo™ v0.10.0 http://s.apache.org/mwx

Apache UIMA™ –component architecture and framework for the analysis of unstructured content like text, video and audio data.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDK 2.7.0 released http://uima.apache.org

Did You Know?

 - Did you know the top 5 Apache projects in terms of number of committers are: Apache OpenOffice (140), Apache Commons (121), Apache HTTP Server (111), Apache Hadoop (108), and Apache CloudStack (100)?

 - Did you know that Apache Spark helps analyze and process more than 2.5 petabytes of data per day for some of the world's largest telcos? 

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


Apache Community Notices:

 - SparkSummit East will be held 18-19 March in New York http://spark-summit.org/

 - Apache OFBiz Community Day will be held 21 March https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OFBIZ/OFBiz+Community+Days

 - Apache Mesos User Group MeetUp will take place 25 March in London http://www.meetup.com/London-Mesos-User-Group/events/220602962/

 - Apache Flink MeetUp will take place 31 March in Berlin http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/221037302/

 - The Apache CouchDB community published guidelines on running a CouchDB Day http://blog.couchdb.org/2015/02/25/how-to-organise-your-own-couchdb-day-its-easy/

 - The Apache Mesos community is planning an initial MeetUp in Shanghai in Q2 http://www.weibo.com/u/3068800961

 - Apache Calcite will be featured in Enterprise Data World's New Data Management Technologies/NoSQL track 2 April in Washington DC http://edw2015.dataversity.net/

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon (future events planed for Budapest, Dublin, Seattle, and Tokyo) http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - Apache Lucene-Solor MeetUp will take place 21 April in London http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Lucene-Solr-London-User-Group

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - Apache Usergrid will be featured in CODESHOW SE on 21 May in Charleston https://www.codeshowse.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

 - Apache Kafka and Samza will be featured at the GeekOut conference 11-12 June in Estonia http://2015.geekout.ee/

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Wednesday Mar 11, 2015

Groovy Submitted to Become a Project at The Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has confirmed today that the Groovy dynamic object-oriented programming language has formally submitted itself to the Apache Incubator in order to become part of the Foundation's efforts. [1]

The incubation of Groovy is the first step to becoming an ASF Top-Level Project. The Groovy community will join more than 350 Open Source initiatives overseen by the ASF --including 35 projects in the Apache Incubator-- and will benefit from the Foundation's widely-emulated community-driven process, stewardship, infrastructure, outreach, and events.

"We are happy to welcome Groovy to the Apache Incubator," said ASF Vice Chairman Greg Stein. "Groovy has a diverse and active community that will find 'The Apache Way' of meritocratic development a perfect complement to their existing recognition of the value and benefits of the Apache License, under which their code is released. The ASF's proven framework will offer Groovy the organizational, legal, financial, and infrastructure support needed to continue to be available to its established user base and millions of developers worldwide."

The Apache Incubator is the entry path into The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts. All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects wishing to join Apache enter through the Incubator. Since its creation in 2002, the Apache Incubator has mentored 220 projects: 148 have graduated as Apache Top-level Projects, 35 are currently under incubation, and 37 were retired. Further information on the Apache Incubator is available at http://incubator.apache.org/.

"After seeing (Apache Member and Groovy creator) James Strachan's Groovy talk at OSCON in 2004, I find it wonderful serendipity to see it arrive at the Foundation a decade later," added Stein.

[1] http://s.apache.org/KWE

Monday Mar 09, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Tajo™ v0.10.0

Mature, robust, Open Source relational Big Data warehousing solution provides advanced "SQL-on-Hadoop®" functionality and support.

Forest Hill, MD —9 March 2015— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ Tajo™ v0.10.0, the latest version of the advanced Open Source data warehousing system in Apache Hadoop®.

Apache Tajo is used for low-latency and scalable ad-hoc queries, online aggregation, and ETL (extract-transform-load process) on large data sets stored on HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) and other data sources. By supporting SQL standards and leveraging advanced database techniques, Tajo allows direct control of distributed execution and data flow across a variety of query evaluation strategies and optimization opportunities.

"Tajo has evolved over the last couple of years into a mature 'SQL-on-Hadoop' engine," said Hyunsik Choi, Vice President of Apache Tajo. "The improved JDBC driver in this release allows users to easily access Tajo as if users use traditional RDBMSs. We have verified new JDBC driver on many commercial BI solutions and various SQL tools. It was easy and works successfully."

Tajo v0.10.0 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:

  • Oracle and PostgreSQL catalog store support
  • Direct JSON file support
  • HBase storage integration (allowing users to directly access HBase tables through Tajo)
  • Improved JDBC driver for easier use of JDBC application
  • Improved Amazon S3 support


A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project release notes at https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/dev/tajo/tajo-0.10.0-rc1/relnotes.html

Described as "a dark horse in the race for mass adoption" by GigaOM, Tajo is in use at numerous organizations worldwide, including Gruter, Korea University, Melon, NASA JPL Radio Astronomy and Airborne Snow Observatory projects, and SK Telecom for processing Web-scale data sets in real time.

Byeong Hwa Yun, Project Leader at Melon, said "Congratulations on 0.10.0 release! Melon is the biggest music streaming service company in S. Korea. We use Tajo as an ETL tool as well as an analytical processing system. We have experienced that Tajo makes our ETL jobs faster 1.5x-10x than Hive does. Besides, HBase storage integration in this release enables our analytic pipeline simpler. We hope that Tajo has a large role to play in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem." 

"I'm very happy with that Tajo has rapidly developed in recent years," said Jihoon Son, member of the Apache Tajo Project Management Committee. "One of the most impressive parts is the improved support on Amazon S3. Thanks to the EMR bootstrap, users can exploit Tajo's advanced SQL functionalities on AWS with just a few clicks."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Tajo 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 Tajo, visit http://tajo.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheTajo

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday Mar 06, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 6 March 2015

The Apache community has been working hard this week! Here's what's happened:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Special Registration Rates for ApacheCon North America available through 21 March http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is a cracking 99.07% http://status.apache.org/

Apache Archiva™ –an application for managing one or more remote repositories, including administration, artifact handling, browsing and searching.
 - Apache Archiva 2.2.0 released http://archiva.apache.org/

Apache Buildr™ –build system for Java-based applications, including support for Scala, Groovy and a growing number of JVM languages and tools.
 - Apache Buildr 1.4.22 released http://buildr.apache.org/

Apache Hama™ –a High-Performance BSP computing engine, which can be used to perform compute-intensive general scientific BSP applications, Google's Pregel-like graph applications, and machine learning algorithms.
 - Apache Hama now supports Hadoop YARN; in use at Samsung Electronics http://s.apache.org/nBl

Apache Lens (Incubating) –a unified analytics interface that aims to cut the data analytics silos by providing a single view of data across multiple tiered data stores and optimal execution environment for the analytical query.
 - Apache Lens 2.0.1-beta-incubating release http://lens.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 4.10.4 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/java/4.10.4

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library that enables developers to implement OData producers and OData consumers.
 - Apache Olingo 2.0.3  released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/odata2/download.html

Apache POI™ –well-known in the Java field as a library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 3.12-beta1 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, open source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 4.10.4 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/4.10.4


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the top 5 Apache Project categories are: Library (90 projects), Network-Server (37 projects), XML (29 projects), Web Framework (25 projects), and Big Data (24 projects)?

 - Did you know that The ASF has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization for the 11th consecutive year? (GSoC is overseen by Apache Community Development http://community.apache.org/ )

 - Did you know that Apache Hama now supports Hadoop YARN and is in use at Samsung Electronics?


Apache Community Notices:

 - The next Apache Mesos User Group MeetUp will take place 25 March in London http://www.meetup.com/London-Mesos-User-Group/events/220602962/

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - CloudStack Days will take place 16 April during ApacheCon (CFP open for all 5 CloudStack Days events: Austin, Budapest, Dublin, Seattle, and Tokyo) http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Apache Spark Mini-Summit will take place 16 April in tandem with ApacheCon http://s.apache.org/ojh

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

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Friday Feb 27, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 27 February 2015

Here's what our community of 4,000+ Committers have been busily working on this week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - The ApacheCon program is now available; Early Bird registration ends 28 February http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running 24x7x365.
 - Global uptime across all Apache services is a stellar 99.73% http://status.apache.org/
 - Notice of server maintenance policy change https://blogs.apache.org/infra/entry/towards_a_redeployable_future_or

ASF Security –a team comprising ASF Members dedicated to helping and advising Apache projects on security issues, as well as co-ordinating the handling of security vulnerabilities.
 - [IMPORTANT] Security Notice: CVE-2015-0254 XXE and RCE via XSL extension in JSTL XML tags http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201502.mbox/%3C82207A16-6348-4DEE-877E-F7B87292576A%40apache.org%3E

Apache Allura™ –Open Source implementation of a software "forge", a web site that manages source code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, blogs and more for any number of individual projects.
 - Apache Allura 1.2.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/allura/allura-1.2.1.tar.gz

Apache Commons™ DBCP –Open Source software library implements database connection pooling.
 - Apache Commons DBCP 2.1 released http://commons.apache.org/dbcp/download_dbcp.cgi

Apache HBase™ –Open Source, distributed Big Data store for Apache Hadoop.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ HBase™ v1.0 http://s.apache.org/zW

Apache Log4j™ –well known framework for logging application behavior.
 - Apache Log4j 2.2 released http://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 5.0.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html

Apache MRQL (Incubating) –query processing and optimization system for large-scale, distributed data analysis, built on top of Apache Hadoop, Hama, Spark, and Flink.
 - Apache MRQL 0.9.4-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/mrql

Apache Openmeetings™ –video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.
 - Apache Openmeetings 3.0.4 released http://openmeetings.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Parquet (Incubating) –the common definition of Parquet column-oriented file format for Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Parquet Format 2.3.0 (Incubating) released (first release of Parquet Format with org.apache.parquet artifacts and package names) https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/parquet/parquet-format-2.3.0-incubating/

Apache Solr™ –popular, blazing fast, Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 5.0.0 and Reference Guide for Solr 5.0 http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Sqoop™ –a tool designed for efficiently transferring bulk data between Apache Hadoop and structured datastores, such as relational databases.
 - Apache Sqoop 1.99.5 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/sqoop/1.99.5

Apache Maven™ –a project development management and comprehension tool.
 - Apache Source Release Assembly Descriptor 1.0.5 Released http://maven.apache.org/apache-resource-bundles/

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.20 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat Apache Standard Taglib 1.2.3 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-taglibs.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the top 5 Apache Project categories are: Library (90 projects), Network-Server (37 projects), XML (29 projects), Web Framework (25 projects), and Big Data (24 projects)?

 - Did you know that in 2002 the Apache Incubator was the fourth project at the ASF, created to mentor projects and codebases wishing to become part of the Foundation's efforts? (Bonus: the first projects to enter the Apache Incubator were Apache Ant, Avalon, DB, Forrest, HC, POI, and TCL.)

 - Did you know that Apache Tajo is part of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem at Gruter, Korea University, NASA JPL's Radio Astronomy and Airborne Snow Observatory projects, and SK Telecom, among others?


Apache Community Notices:

 - Final days for the annual Future of Open Source Survey: have you shared your thoughts? http://s.apache.org/0UW

 - HBaseCon, the fourth annual event for the Apache HBase contributor/developer/admin/user community, will take place 7 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

 - The next Apache Mesos User Group MeetUp will take place 25 March in London http://www.meetup.com/London-Mesos-User-Group/events/220602962/

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The Apache Marmotta community are being proactive and beginning to collect ideas for Google Summer of Code 2015 http://markmail.org/message/4nowycutyx2m2rj3

 - The next Berlin Buzzwords conference will feature Apache projects such as Lucene, Spark, Solr and Cassandra and will take place 31 May-3 June in Berlin http://berlinbuzzwords.de

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Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ HBase™ v1.0

Stable version of Open Source, distributed Big Data store for Apache Hadoop features improved performance, ease of use, new availability guarantees, and future release compatibility.

Forest Hill, MD –24 February 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ HBase™ v1.0, the distributed, scalable, database for Apache™ Hadoop™ and HDFS™.

"Apache HBase v1.0 marks a major milestone in the project's development," said Michael Stack, Vice President of Apache HBase. "It is a monumental moment that the army of contributors who have made this possible should all be proud of. The result is a thing of collaborative beauty that also happens to power key, large-scale Internet platforms."

Dubbed the "Hadoop Database", HBase is used on top of Apache Hadoop and HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) for random, real-time read/write access for Big Data (billions of rows X millions of columns) across clusters of commodity hardware. HBase is used by Apple, Facebook, FINRA, Flipboard, Flurry, Pinterest, RocketFuel, Salesforce, Xiaomi, and Yahoo!, among many other organizations. 

Apache HBase has also fostered a healthy ecosystem of projects that run on top of it, such as Apache Phoenix, a SQL layer over HBase, and OpenTSDB, a time series database that uses HBase as its backing store.

"Medium- and high- scale services at hundreds of enterprises and some of the largest Internet companies today are backed by Apache HBase," explained Andrew Purtell, member of the Apache HBase Project Management Committee. "Chances are when using your computer or mobile device you interact with a system built with HBase many times daily without ever knowing it. The HBase 1.0 release appropriately acknowledges a maturity already achieved by the Apache HBase community and software both, and is a great occasion to learn more about HBase, how it can help you solve your scale data challenges, and the growing ecosystem of Open Source and commercial software that chooses HBase as foundation."

Apache HBase v1.0 is the result of 7 years of development, and reflects more than 1,500 changes and upgrades over the previous major release, Apache HBase 0.98.0. Notable new features include:

  • Improved performance without sacrificing stability;
  • Introduction of new APIs and reorganization of select client-side APIs;
  • Read availability using timeline consistent region replicas for new availability guarantees;
  • Online configuration change to enable reloading a subset of the server configuration without restarting the region servers; and
  • New look, enhanced usability, and radically revamped documentation.

(Please see the accompanying technical fact sheet at https://blogs.apache.org/hbase/entry/start_of_a_new_era for details on new functionality). 

Lars Hofhansl, Principal Architect at Salesforce.com, and member of the HBase Project Management Committee, said, "Over 13,000 JIRA issues were filed to get HBase where it is now. Going forward we have a clear compatibility story between major and minor versions."

"This is a very exciting moment for Apache HBase, and goes to show how far we have come as a community in stabilizing and maturing Apache HBase", said Francis Liu, Development Lead for Apache HBase at Yahoo. "HBase is an integral part of our technology stack powering numerous critical offstage processing use cases across our business in online advertising, search, communication, content personalization and targeting, and social, mobile and emerging products. Today, we operate some of the largest HBase clusters across a 3,000 server footprint, and look forward to working with the community with a stable release as a base to scale individual HBase clusters to millions of regions soon." 

"Hearty congratulations to the HBase community," said Ishan Chhabra, Lead of all things HBase at Rocketfuel Inc. "Apache HBase already powers our critical online applications and data pipelines over thousands of machines globally, and the community's relentless focus on stability and performance gives us the confidence to continue making it an integral part of our data stack as we scale to 10,000+ machines."

"Apache HBase is a critical data storage system at Pinterest, where we run it across thousands of nodes doing close to 10 million operations every second," said Raghavendra Prabhu, Head of Infrastructure at Pinterest. "HBase is the underlying technology behind Pinterest's Zen graph storage service, which powers key product features like the home feed, messages, notifications, network news and our interest graph. We are eagerly looking forward to the improvements in availability and reliability in HBase 1.0 and will continue to work with the community on improving it for large scale user facing workloads."

"HBase has been the cornerstone of our customer analytics platform Lily since late 2008", says Steven Noels, CTO of NGDATA. "Granted it was an adventurous choice at that time, but since then HBase has evolved and matured, reconfirming that choice time and time again. Seeing 1.0 (finally) shipping is a sign of confirmed adoption throughout all layers of the industry, from internet companies up to (in our case) large financial institutions, telcos and media companies. We are thankful to be part of such a strong, persistent and vibrant community development endeavour." 

"HBase-1.0.0 is the start of a new era," said Enis Söztutar, HBase v1.0 release manager and member of the Apache HBase Project Management Committee. "We have marked it as the next stable version of Apache HBase, and encourage all new users to start using this version."

"There is no rest for the wickedly talented set of contributors who made HBase 1.0," added Stack. "HBase 2.0 is already taking form in our master branch. Users can look forward to new orders of read/write and node count scaling and this time around they won't have to wait seven years on it shipping; HBase 2.0 will be out later this year."

Availability and Oversight
Apache HBase v1.0 is available immediately as a free download from http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/hbase/ As with all Apache products, Apache HBase 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 documentation and ways to become involved with Apache HBase, visit http://hbase.apache.org/ and @HBase on Twitter.

Get Involved!
The HBase community welcomes contributions and participation through various mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, trainings, and events. Catch Apache HBase in action at HBaseCon, taking place 7 May 2015 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com/

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday Feb 20, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 20 February 2015

This week we welcomed Cloudera, who renewed its sponsorship of the ASF and upgraded to the Platinum level http://s.apache.org/5KH . Here's what happened elsewhere at the Foundation:

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running 24x7x365.
 - The Infra team's global uptime across all Apache services is a stellar 99.73% http://status.apache.org/

Apache Accumulo™ –sorted, distributed key/value store is a robust, scalable, high performance data storage system that features cell-based access control and customizable server-side processing.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.6.2 released http://accumulo.apache.org/downloads/

Apache Gora™ –an easy-to-use in-memory data model and persistence for big data framework with data store specific mappings and built-in Apache Hadoop support
 - Apache Gora 0.6 released http://gora.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache Libcloud 0.17.0 released http://libcloud.apache.org/downloads.html

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Twitter uses Apache Kafka, Storm, Hadoop, and Cassandra to handle 5 billion sessions a day in real time?

 - Did you know that Biology Virtual Collaborative Labs (BioVLAB) use Apache Airavata to set up computational resources and build bioinformatics tools?

 - Did you know that the Oxford English Dictionary is powered by Apache Tapestry?

Apache Community Notices:

 - We're participating in the annual Future of Open Source Survey, and appreciate your answering a few short questions http://s.apache.org/0UW

 - Catch Apache TomEE in action on 21 February at the ceJug/JVM Users Group in Ceará, Brazil https://twitter.com/cejug

 - The first ever Apache Phoenix MeetUp will take place 24 February at Salesforce in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/220009583/

 - The next Apache Mesos User Group MeetUp will take place 25 March in London http://www.meetup.com/London-Mesos-User-Group/events/220602962/

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The Apache Marmotta community are being proactive and beginning to collect ideas for Google Summer of Code 2015 http://markmail.org/message/4nowycutyx2m2rj3

 - 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 Feb 17, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Cloudera as a Platinum-level Sponsor

Sponsorship boosts operational support for Apache projects and community

Forest Hill, MD –17 February 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Cloudera has renewed its sponsorship of the ASF with an upgrade to the Platinum level.

"We are grateful for Cloudera's continued generous support, which, in turn, helps advance the efforts of the Apache community at-large," said ASF President Ross Gardler. "Sponsoring the ASF helps provide critical infrastructure and support services that keep the Foundation running on a day-to-day basis."

As a United States 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, the ASF relies on individual donors and corporate sponsors to help bolster existing projects, incubate new initiatives, and promote meritocratic, community-driven development "The Apache Way".

An ASF Sponsor since 2011, Cloudera is recognized as a champion and active contributor to numerous Apache projects, including Avro, Hadoop, HBase, Hive, Pig, Whirr, and Zookeeper. 

"Open source software has proven a powerful engine for innovation," said Mike Olson, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Cloudera. "It harnesses the talent and creativity of the global community of developers. Participation in that community is critical. Cloudera has long been a proud member of the ASF. Developers on the Cloudera payroll have created and contributed to ASF projects, working closely with their peers in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. Our platinum sponsorship of the ASF complements our active contribution of code. The organization provides essential governance and community support on which our business relies. This donation, and our ongoing commitment, allows the ASF to deepen its investment in community, collaboration and innovation."

Cloudera joins Platinum level Sponsors Citrix, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Gold Sponsors Comcast, HP, Hortonworks, and IBM; Silver Sponsors Budget Direct, Cerner, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Pivotal, Produban, and WANdisco; and Bronze Sponsors Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend, and Twitter. For more information on ASF Sponsorship, please visit http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html

About Cloudera
Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management by offering the first unified Platform for Big Data, an enterprise data hub built on Apache Hadoop. Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, access, process, secure, and analyze all their data, empowering them to extend the value of existing investments while enabling fundamental new ways to derive value from their data. Cloudera’s open source Big Data platform is the most widely adopted in the world, and Cloudera is the most prolific contributor to the open source Hadoop ecosystem. As the leading educator of Hadoop professionals, Cloudera has trained over 27,000 individuals worldwide. Over 1,400 partners and a seasoned professional services team help deliver greater time to value. Finally, only Cloudera provides proactive and predictive support to run an enterprise data hub with confidence. Leading organizations in every industry plus top public sector organizations globally run Cloudera in production. For more information about Cloudera, visit http://www.cloudera.com/content/cloudera/en/about/company-profile.html

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 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday Feb 13, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 13 February 2015

In addition to what's happened at the Foundation over the past week, we're curious: "Did You Know?", and are also sharing some community announcements:

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running 24x7x365.
 - The Infra team's 2 million weekly checks report 94.19% global uptime across all services http://status.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ –scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.9.1 and Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.1.6 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache OODT™ –a software framework, and an architectural style for the rapid construction of scientific data systems.
 - Apache OODT 0.8.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/oodt/

Apache SIS™ –spatial framework that enables better representation of coordinates for searching, data clustering, archiving, or any other relevant spatial needs.
 - Apache SIS 0.5 released http://sis.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Important Security Notice: CVE-2014-0227 Request Smuggling http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201502.mbox/%3C54D87A0F.7010400%40apache.org%3E
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.59 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that select ASF Members are "Apache Quill" guest bloggers for OpenSource.com? http://opensource.com/search/apachesolr_search/quill

 - Did you know that the Big Brother voting infrastructure runs on Apache CloudStack?

 - Did you know DARPA Memex helps fund developers of Apache Tika, Nutch and Solr to deal with humanitarian issues such as Human Trafficking?

Apache Community Notices:

 - The ASF is participating again this year in the annual Future of Open Source Survey. We appreciate your input! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FoOS-Apache

 - The Apache Mesos MeetUp & Fireside Chat will take place 18 February at Offerpop in New York http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Mesos-NYC-Meetup/events/220352664/

 - The Apache Usergrid (incubating) + ElasticSea­rch Meetup will take place 18 February at Apigee in San Jose http://www.meetup.com/apache-usergrid-bay-area/events/220486635/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=220486635&_af=event

 - The Apache Hive User Group MeetUp will take place 19 February at LinkedIn in Mountain View http://www.meetup.com/Hive-User-Group-Meeting/events/219794523/

 - The Apache Aurora MeetUp and Mesos User Group will take place 19 February at Twitter in San Francisco https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apache-aurora-meet-up-tickets-15618171371

 - Catch Apache TomEE in action on 21 February at the ceJug/JVM Users Group in Ceará, Brazil https://twitter.com/cejug

 - The first ever Apache Phoenix MeetUp will take place 24 February at Salesforce in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/events/220009583/

 - The Women of ASF Luncheon will be held on 14 April at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/attend/women-asf-luncheon

 - Apache TrafficServer Spring Summit will take place 16-17 April in Austin https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/TS/Spring+2015+Summit

 - The Apache Marmotta community are being proactive and beginning to collect ideas for Google Summer of Code 2015 http://markmail.org/message/4nowycutyx2m2rj3

 - 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 Feb 06, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 6 February 2015

February marks the 20th Anniversary of the ubiquitous Apache HTTP Server, the world's most popular Web server since 1996, and the flagship project behind the creation of the ASF. Here's what happened at the Foundation over the past week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Events in 2015: North America (13-17 April/Austin) and Europe (28 September-1 October/Budapest)
 - FINAL CALL: Travel Assistance applications close on 6 February http://www.apache.org/travel/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running 24x7x365.
 - The Infra team's 2 million weekly checks yields 94.48% global uptime across all services http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations –the day-to-day Foundation-wide activities that support Apache projects and the overall ASF mission.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: October-December 2014 http://s.apache.org/fOb

Apache Flex™ – a highly productive, Open Source application framework for building and maintaining expressive applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices, including smartphones, tablets, and TVs.
 - Apache Flex SDK 4.14.0 released http://www.apache.org/dist/flex/4.14.0/RELEASE_NOTES

Apache HttpComponents Client™ –a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore. It provides connection management, cookie management, and authentication.
 - Apache HttpComponents Client 4.4 GA released https://www.apache.org/dist/httpcomponents/httpclient/RELEASE_NOTES-4.4.x.txt

Apache Jackrabbit™ –scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.10 and 1.0.11 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kafka™ –high-throughput, publish-subscribe messaging system rethought of as a distributed commit log.
 - Apache Kafka 0.8.2.0 released https://archive.apache.org/dist/kafka/0.8.2.0/RELEASE_NOTES.html

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.
 - Apache PDFBox named an Open Source Partner Organization of the PDF Association http://s.apache.org/Wsf

Apache Streams (Incubating) –a lightweight server for ActivityStreams.
 - Apache Streams 0.1-incubating released http://streams.incubator.apache.org

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.2 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

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 - Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Apache™ PDFBox™ named an Open Source Partner Organization of the PDF Association

Liaison helps enterprise users benefit from enhanced PDF technology and serves as a foundation to other software applications.

Forrest Hill, MD —03 February 2015— Apache PDFBox™, a Top-Level Project of The Apache Software Foundation, today announced the project has been named as a Partner Organization of the PDF Association. 

The Apache PDFBox™ library is an Open Source Java tool for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. It allows for the creation of new PDF documents, manipulation, rendering, signing of existing documents and the ability to extract content from documents. Apache PDFBox also includes several command line utilities.

"We are proud to be recognized by the PDF Association as a driver of ISO-­standardized PDF technology for electronic documents," said Andreas Lehmkühler, Vice President of Apache PDFBox. "Our liaison will help further strengthen the development of Apache PDFBox by providing access to knowledge and resources around PDF technology."

PDF was first released by Adobe Systems in 1993, became an ISO International Standard - ISO 32000-1 in 2008.

Founded in 2006, the PDF Association (http://www.pdfa.org/) is an international organization promoting awareness and adoption of open standards in digital document applications using PDF technology. The association facilitates education, networking, communication, and sharing of expertise and experience with interested parties worldwide. It offers its membership of over 150 enterprises and individual subject-matter experts from more than 20 countries direct contact with PDF technology experts and access to documents from ISO working groups, including release candidates for PDF upcoming standards.

The PDF Association's Partner Organizations are international associations concerned with document management, enterprise content management, long-term archiving and accessibility. Apache PDFBox the PDF Association's first Open Source Partner Organization. The PDF Association delivers vital information about implementing PDF technology to software developers and IT decision makers, and helps document management and ECM implementers understand and leverage ISO-standardized PDF technology. In turn, enterprise systems implementers and end-users benefit from enhanced PDF technology.

"With Apache PDFBox, the first Open Source organization is joining our Association," said Thomas Zellmann, Managing Director of the PDF Association. "This is our contribution to support the growth of freely available PDF solutions and their functionality to further expand the market penetration of the PDF standard."

"Being part of the PDF Association recognizes our commitment to making ISO standardized electronic document technology easily available by leveraging Apache PDFBox as a foundation for other software applications," added Lehmkühler.

About Apache PDFBox
The Apache PDFBox™ library is an Open Source Java tool that allows users to create new PDF documents, manipulate existing documents, extract content, digitally sign, print, and validate files against the PDF/A-1b standard. It also includes several command line utilities, including encrypt, decrypt, overlay, debugger, merger, PDFToImage, and TextToPDF. Apache PDFBox software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected volunteer 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 PDFBox, visit http://pdfbox.apache.org/

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