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Tuesday January 30, 2018

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

Open Source tools used for collecting, aggregating and visualizing software project activity.

Wakefield, MA —30 January 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Kibble™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Kibble is an activity reporting platform created to collect, aggregate, analyze, and visualize activity in software projects and communities. With Kibble, users can track a project's code, discussions, issues, and individuals through detailed views mapped across specified time periods.

"We are passionate about solving hard problems, particularly as they relate to defining and measuring a project's success," said Rich Bowen, Vice President of Apache Kibble. "As doing so is notoriously difficult, we want to provide a set of tools that allow a project to define success, and track their progress towards that success, in terms that make the most sense for their community. Apache Kibble is a way to make this happen."

Apache Kibble is the latest project to enter the ASF directly as a Top-Level Project, bypassing the Apache Incubator (the official entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation). As part of its eligibility, Apache Kibble had to meet the many requirements of the Apache Maturity Model http://s.apache.org/O4p that include a project’s code, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, independence, and more.

Kibble is the Open Source edition of Snoot, the enterprise project and community reporting platform used by dozens of Apache projects as well as by the ASF for its official reports including the ASF Annual Report.

"By gaining an in-depth view into the ASF's operations through 1,433 Apache project repositories, we are able to obtain performance metrics for more than 300 Apache projects and nearly 900 million code line changes by more than 6,500 contributors," said Sally Khudairi, Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at The Apache Software Foundation. "We are excited to share the ability to provide insight with projects of all kinds, and help their communities identify trends and advance their impact."

"We're getting input and data from both a wide range of Apache projects as well as projects from outside of the foundation," added Bowen. "We're also collecting historical metrics from older projects with their rich history of successes and mistakes. They have a great deal of history and passion around measuring their communities, and hearing from disparate projects is helping to refine that vision. We would love to hear from more projects about what metrics are important to track, and invite their communities to join our mailing lists to discuss how we can help one another."

Catch Apache Kibble in action at FOSDEM, 3-4 February 2018 in Brussels.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Kibble 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 Kibble, visit http://kibble.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheKibble

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 680 individual Members and 6,500 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, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Union Investment, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

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Monday January 29, 2018

The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement

The Apache Software Foundation describes its Vision Statement, the basis for the 5-year strategic plan in development.

Our mission is to support communities that create and distribute Open Source software at no charge under the Apache License, per our Bylaws. To this end we provide mentoring, virtual collaboration space, and resources for project communities to develop, steward, and incubate Open Source software under our legal umbrella.

We are strongly committed to our projects' independence from any external influences, be they corporate, organizational or otherwise. This allows us to provide a neutral environment for our communities.

As a Foundation we intentionally do not define a technical strategy: that is determined by our projects. The Foundation's goals center on communities, as opposed to technologies.

The Foundation is managed and directed by its Members, who are individual volunteers. Companies or organizations can neither be members of the Foundation, nor take a role in the governance of our projects.

We help our communities understand and adopt the Apache Way, a collection of documented practices for collaboration and project sustainability that we amend on an ongoing basis.

We expect our community members to act as individuals. Their rights and responsibilities are based solely on their merit, defined by what they individually do in project communities, not on any external affiliation, title, or degree they may have, nor on their contributions to external projects or other organizations. We expect all Apache community members to adhere to our established Code of Conduct.

We provide highly reliable and automated core infrastructure services to our projects. We permit projects to use external non-core services based on their specific needs, allowing our own services to remain simple and focused. For durability, all our critical data and services are managed or mirrored on systems that we fully control.

Our marketing and outreach is focused on activities that directly support our mission, educate the public about Apache projects and the Apache Way, and help attract the types of communities for which our Foundation is a suitable home.

Our fundraising-related activities help identify and retain sponsors and financial contributions on which our operations depend. We welcome donations from corporations and individuals who support our mission.

We provide our projects legal and brand management services based on demonstrated needs, and define policies and best practices to help our projects benefit from the strong Apache brand in an appropriate way.

We welcome new projects via our Incubator, where experienced mentors help guide them to operate as Apache community-led projects. As Incubation is where diverse communities are defined, we put a strong emphasis on coaching to promote self-governance and preserve our core values as the Foundation grows.

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The Apache® Software Foundation Announces ApacheCon™ and Supporting Global Events

World's largest Open Source foundation expands conference participation to serve Apache's diverse projects and their growing communities.

Wakefield, MA —29 January 2018— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced ApacheCon™ and supporting events for 2018.

For two decades, ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference series, has brought forth the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, and more. Apache Roadshows are smaller, focused, regional events that highlight "Apache Way" principles and select Apache projects.

ApacheCon attendees stay informed by:
  • Learning how it's done. From technical development to leading community-driven projects "The Apache Way";

  • Discovering upcoming innovations. Tomorrow’s technology today is undergoing development at the Apache Incubator; and

  • Connecting with the people behind some of the most widely used projects in Open Source.

ApacheCon and Apache Roadshows

"ApacheCon showcases dozens of Apache projects, from ideation to deployment, presented by some of the best technical minds in the world," said Rich Bowen, Vice President of ASF Conferences. "Our sessions are aimed at a broad audience, from seasoned professionals to novices who want to learn what's new and how it all fits in to the greater Open Source ecosystem. We're proud to bring together Apache users with the projects and communities that improve their work and further their careers."

ApacheCon North America will be held 24-28 September 2018 in Montreal, Canada. Event details will be announced in the near future; updates will be posted at https://twitter.com/ApacheCon , http://apachecon.com/ and the ApacheCon mailing list (sign up for updates by sending email to <announce-subscribe@apachecon.com> ). For Sponsorship opportunities, contact Kevin A. McGrail at kmcgrail(at)apache(dot)org.

The 2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be colocated with FOSS Backstage in Berlin 13-14 June. The Roadshow is free of charge to FOSS Backstage attendees and will feature an Apache Lounge, 2 Apache Devrooms with two full tracks, a shared Apache/FOSS Backstage Devroom with presentations and workshops, plus places to program, network, and relax. For more information, visit https://foss-backstage.de/


Apache Community Events

The ASF is expanding its involvement in third-party events, particularly those that are built around Apache software. Many of these events are directed by members of the Apache community, and complement the ApacheCon and Apache Roadshow programs.

The ASF's participation in these events is overseen by members of the ASF Community Development program, which provides guidance and mentoring for individuals and projects seeking to become part of the greater Apache community. 

"Events are a great way to connect with the Apache community," said Sharan Foga, Vice President of ASF Community Development. "We look forward to meeting more members of our increasingly diverse community, and helping promote project and community development 'the Apache Way'."

Meet members of the Apache community at presentations and the Apache booth during the following events:

Additional events include:
  • Kafka Summit - 23-25 February 2018 in London
  • DataWorks Summit - 16-19 April 2018 in Berlin, and 17-21 June 2018 in San Jose
  • Spark Summit - 4-7 June 2018 in San Francisco
  • Open Source Summit North America - 29 August - 1 September 2018 in Vancouver
  • Solutions Hamburg - 12-15 September 2018 in Hamburg
  • Kafka Summit - 16-18 October 2018 in San Francisco
  • Open Source Summit Europe - 22-25 October 2018 in Edinburgh
  • Spark Summit Europe - 24-27 October 2018 in Dublin 

Learn more about Apache Community Development at http://community.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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 680 individual Members and 6,500 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, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Union Investment, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

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Friday January 26, 2018

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

Here's hoping you had a great week. The Apache community has been working on:

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

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield ace performance at 99.69% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 519 Apache contributors changed 1,071,102 lines of code over 3,235 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jeff Elsloo, Tellier Benoit, Andi Huber, Junkai Xue, and Gary Gregory.

Apache Guacamole™ –a clientless remote desktop gateway that supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.
 - Apache Guacamole 0.9.14 released https://guacamole.apache.org/

Apache HttpComponents™ –a set of HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2 transport components used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.
 - Apache HttpComponents Client 4.5.5 GA released http://hc.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit 1.0.41 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.28 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi MiNiFi 0.4.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Apache Phoenix™ –enables OLTP and SQL-based operational analytics for Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Phoenix 4.13.2 for CDH 5.11.2 released http://phoenix.apache.org/

Apache Taverna (incubating) –domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute data-driven scientific workflows, combining WSDL/REST Web Services and local tools.
 - Apache Taverna Server 3.1.0-incubating released https://taverna.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.84, 8.0.49, 8.5.27, and 9.0.4 released http://tomcat.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that in 2017 the Top 10 most active Apache project mailing lists (dev + user) were, in order: Flex, Lucene, Ignite, Kafka, Geode, Flink, Tomcat, Cassandra, Beam, and Sentry? https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Did you know that Spotify uses Apache Hadoop and Apache Crunch to process terabytes of user data each day? http://hadoop.apache.org/ and http://crunch.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the 2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be held during FOSS Backstage 13-14 June in Berlin? https://foss-backstage.de/


Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be 8) Meritocracy. https://s.apache.org/DiEo 9) Lowering Barriers to Open Innovation https://s.apache.org/dAlg 10) All My Roads Led to Apache https://s.apache.org/l9OO 11) Scratch Your Own Itch. https://s.apache.org/7Amk 12) What a Long Strange (and Great) Trip It's Been https://s.apache.org/gVuN

 - 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://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The Apache Wicket community will be holding a MeetUp on 24 January in Hydrabad https://www.meetup.com/jughyderabad/events/246743640/?_cookie-check=sA8sdSu69o0Dk0zY

 - The ASF will be back at FOSDEM in Brussels 3-5 February 2018. We'll see you there! https://fosdem.org/2018/

 - The ASF is a Developer Week Community Partner 3-7 February in San Franciso https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/apache-software-foundation-community-sponsor

 - The Apache Tinkerpop community will be holding a MeetUp on Gremlin on 21 February in New York https://www.meetup.com/DataStax-UserGroup-NewYork/events/246762770/

 - Apache CloudStack will be holding their first German Meetup on 28 February 2018 in Frankfurt https://www.meetup.com/german-CloudStack-user-group/events/246861772/?eventId=246861772

 - Meet members of the Apache community at Open Expo Madrid 6-7 June 2018 http://www.openexpo.es/en/

 - The 2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be held during FOSS Backstage in Berlin 13-14 June 2018 https://foss-backstage.de/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary Q2 FY2018 https://s.apache.org/j1GJ

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

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

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

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

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Friday January 19, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 19 January 2018

Happy Friday --we've had quite a week! Let's take a look at what happened:

Support Apache –help offset the ASF's day-to-day operating expenses. Every dollar counts.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Receives Bitcoin Donation from Pineapple Fund Valued at $1M https://s.apache.org/udGT

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

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield clever performance at 99.70% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 441 Apache contributors changed 1,279,610 lines of code over 2,700 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Alex Harui, Thiago Veronezi, Duo Zhang, Mark Thomas, and Gary Gregory.

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 2.0.0-beta-1 released https://hbase.apache.org/

Apache HttpComponents™ –a set of HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2 transport components used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.
 - Apache HttpComponents Core 5.0 beta2 and HttpComponents Client 5.0 beta1 released http://hc.apache.org/

Apache Impala™ –a high-performance distributed SQL engine.
 - Apache Impala 2.11.0 released https://impala.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.6.8 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 7.2.1 and Apache Solr 7.2.1 released http://lucene.apache.org/

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 1.5.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –a messaging library for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464, http://www.amqp.org).
 - Apache Qpid Proton-J 0.25.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache Traffic Server™ –a fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 compliant caching proxy server.
 - Apache Traffic Server v7.1.2 released https://trafficserver.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that in 2017 the Top 5 Apache Project Repositories by Size (Lines of Code) were: OpenOffice (6,375,345); Netbeans (5,536,881); Flex (whiteboard: 5,164,279; SDK 3,919,006); Trafodion (3,077,781); and Mynewt (core: 2,748.040)? https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Did you know that Apache OFBiz offers a full range of Open Source ERP solutions, including advanced eCommerce, catalog management, manufacturing and POS modules, and accounting functions for Windows, Mac, and Linux? http://ofbiz.apache.org

- Did you know that the Apache community will be at Berlin Buzzwords again this year? We'll see you there! https://berlinbuzzwords.de/


Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be 8) Meritocracy. https://s.apache.org/DiEo 9) Lowering Barriers to Open Innovation https://s.apache.org/dAlg 10) All My Roads Led to Apache https://s.apache.org/l9OO 11) Scratch Your Own Itch. https://s.apache.org/7Amk 12) What a Long Strange (and Great) Trip It's Been https://s.apache.org/gVuN

 - 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://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The Apache Wicket community will be holding a MeetUp on 24 January in Hydrabad https://www.meetup.com/jughyderabad/events/246743640/?_cookie-check=sA8sdSu69o0Dk0zY

 - The ASF will be back at FOSDEM in Brussels 3-5 February 2018. We'll see you there! https://fosdem.org/2018/

 - The Apache Tinkerpop community will be holding a MeetUp on Gremlin on 21 February in New York https://www.meetup.com/DataStax-UserGroup-NewYork/events/246762770/

 - Meet members of the Apache community at Open Expo Madrid 6-7 June 2018 http://www.openexpo.es/en/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary Q2 FY2018 https://s.apache.org/j1GJ

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

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

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

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

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Thursday January 18, 2018

The Apache® Software Foundation Receives Bitcoin Donation from Pineapple Fund Valued at $1M

Charitable donation helps underwrite the world's largest Open Source foundation, benefiting billions of users who depend on Apache's freely-available Open Source community-driven software.

Forest Hill, MD —18 January 2018— 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 received a 88.34 Bitcoin (BTC) donation from the Pineapple Fund, valued at $1M at the time of the donation.

"Cryptocurrency is a fascinating way to support the ASF," said Kevin A. McGrail, ASF Vice President of Fundraising. "We look forward to using Pineapple Fund's donation to enhance our mission to provide Open Source software that is intrinsic to computing, from Web servers to smartphones to Cloud computing to the next evolutionary technology." 

The Pineapple Fund is a project donating 5500 BTC (~$86M) to various charities around the world, with the goal of making "bold and smart bets that will impact everyone in our world". https://pineapplefund.org/

In addition to the Pineapple Fund's charitable donation, the ASF receives financial support from corporate sponsors and individual donors. These essential funds help the ASF ensure that Apache software projects continue to be available to users around the world at absolutely no cost.

As a United States private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. Their collective contributions offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, brand management and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff. Approximately 75% of the ASF's annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services that keep Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime.

There are two ways to help the ASF reach its financial goals:

  1. Individual Donations --for one-off or recurring gifts of any size, via credit card, PayPal, ACH, and more;

  2. ASF Sponsorship program --for organizations, individuals, foundations, and endowments contributing $6,000 or more.

For information on supporting the ASF, please visit http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.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 680 individual Members and 6,500 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, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Union Investment, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache" 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 January 12, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 12 January 2018

Wow: it's Friday already! Let's review what happened over the past week:

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

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

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 390 Apache contributors changed 688,481 lines of code over 2,224 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Tellier Benoit, Daniel Sun, Stian Soiland-Reyes, Mark Thomas, and Adam Soroka.

Apache Geode™ –low latency, high concurrency Big Data management solutions
 - CVE-2017-9795 Apache Geode OQL method invocation vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201801.mbox/%3CCAEwge-FTf8zMT-U2XuHRv8L9ksiQExKMExOoR0Rp0W2TvpO1oA%40mail.gmail.com%3E
 - CVE-2017-9796 Apache Geode OQL bind parameter vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201801.mbox/%3CCAEwge-FmJu4wu9Q14iOFkD3RK3KZJqFazi%3Dx8F1JpF%2B9BQXC-A%40mail.gmail.com%3E
 - CVE-2017-12622 Apache Geode gfsh authorization vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201801.mbox/%3CCAEwge-FQAHe37U1zdM19NCj8NkAuyVUx7%3Dii5WHz_3%3DEY%2BBkLw%40mail.gmail.com%3E

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 1.0.40, 1.4.19 and 1.8.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache OpenMeetings™ –provides video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.
 - CVE-2017-5878 - RED5/AMF Unmarshalling RCE http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201801.mbox/%3CCAJmbs8iP-Qyjx%2B0_X16V4Wwah-3%3DdvrkfDXD24xyf7K14Bquyg%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Sentry™ –a system to enforce fine grained role based authorization to data and metadata stored on a Hadoop cluster. - Apache Sentry 1.7.1 released http://sentry.apache.org/

Apache Trafodion™ –mature Big Data database management system for working in SQL at Apache Hadoop-scale levels.
- The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Trafodion™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/gCIX

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF has 1,131 mailing lists? Over the past year, 21,772 authors sent 1,617,547 emails on 642,005 topics! https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Did you know that Apache JSPWiki now supports SheetJS for reading and displaying Excel and CSV files directly in wiki pages? http://jspwiki.apache.org/

- Did you know that the ASF will be exhibiting at FOSDEM again this year? Do stop by and say hello to many members of the Apache Community! http://community.apache.org/calendars/


Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be 8) Meritocracy. https://s.apache.org/DiEo 9) Lowering Barriers to Open Innovation https://s.apache.org/dAlg 10) All My Roads Led to Apache https://s.apache.org/l9OO 11) Scratch Your Own Itch. https://s.apache.org/7Amk 12) What a Long Strange (and Great) Trip It's Been https://s.apache.org/gVuN

 - 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://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The ASF will be back at FOSDEM in Brussels 3-5 February 2018. We'll see you there! https://fosdem.org/2018/

 - Meet members of the Apache community at Open Expo Madrid 6-7 June 2018 http://www.openexpo.es/en/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary Q2 FY2018 https://s.apache.org/j1GJ

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

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

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Wednesday January 10, 2018

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

Mature Big Data database management system for working in SQL at Apache Hadoop-scale levels in use China Mobile, China Unicom, Dell EMC, Esgyn Corporation, and Millersoft Limited, among others.

Forest Hill, MD —10 January 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache® Trafodion™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Trafodion extends Apache Hadoop to guarantee transactional integrity and operational workloads for new kinds of Big Data applications that run on Hadoop.

 "We are very excited to have been established as an Apache Top-Level Project," said Pierre Smits, Vice President of Apache Trafodion. "Graduation is a terrific milestone that culminates 2.5 years of contributions from around the globe to establishing a growing community committed to delivering a high-grade OLTP solution on top of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem."

Building on the scalability, elasticity, and flexibility of Hadoop, Trafodion (meaning "transactions" in Welsh) is the first integrated Open Source solution that delivers on the promise of integrated transactional and analytical systems (OLTP/OLAP) for Apache Hadoop. Trafodion's features include:
  • Fully functional ANSI SQL support, leveraging existing SQL skills;
  • Distributed ACID data protection, guaranteeing data consistency across multiple tables and rows;
  • Compile-Time and Run-Time Optimizers, delivering performance improvements for OLTP workloads;
  • Parallel-aware Query Optimizer, supporting large data sets;
  • Apache Spark integration, supporting streaming analysis;
  • Interoperability with existing Apache Hadoop tools and solutions, such as Hive, Ambari, Flume, Kafka, and Oozie; and 
  • Apache Hadoop and Linux distribution neutrality.

Trafodion originated at HP-IT in 2013, and was donated to the Apache Incubator in May 2015. The project has had four official releases since entering the Apache Incubator. 

Apache Trafodion is in use at China Mobile, China Unicom, Dell EMC, Esgyn Corporation, and Millersoft Limited, among others.

"As a member of the HP Core Team responsible for releasing Trafodion to The Apache Software Foundation, and responsible for the project’s name, I'm thrilled to see the Trafodion community be recognized with this major achievement. Congratulations to all who made it possible," said Ken Holt, COO at Esgyn Corporation. "Trafodion is the heart of EsgynDB, and the community is like its lifeblood — we at Esgyn are committed to continue to grow and support the community."

"Congratulations to the Trafodion community for becoming an Apache Top-Level Project," said Tianduo Gao, Senior Development Engineer of Software Technology (Suzhou) at China Mobile. "We are planning to use Trafodion to expand the business of China Mobile's Big Data platform: our data statistics of 4G real-time business in the country and provinces are more efficient than ever before."

"Becoming a core Apache Project is a major step forward for Trafodion. It will give Millersoft the confidence to introduce the technology to our Big Data clients," said Calum Miller, Director of Millersoft Limited. "Testing of our Open Source Data Vault engine running on top of Apache Trafodion is going well and we look forward to announcing a fully integrated product shortly."

"Apache Trafodion enhanced the operational efficiency of our Big Data platforms, and brought us better customer experience and broader application scenarios," said Charles Yu, Managing Director, Application Services at Dell EMC.

"Congratulations to Trafodion for officially becoming part of the Apache open source ecosystem," said Qingquan Gu, Senior Development Engineer of Internet of Things Marketing Service Center at China Unicom. "Using Trafodion provided China Unicom with the ability to build and integrate Big Data platforms, enhanced our operational efficiency, and brought us better customer experience."

"Becoming an Apache Top-Level Project is only the beginning," added Smits. "We are looking forward to growing the Trafodion community, reaching new adopters and contributors, and fostering a strong ecosystem around the project."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Trafodion 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 Trafodion, visit http://trafodion.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/Trafodion

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 680 individual Members and 6,300 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, Union Investment, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday January 05, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 5 January 2018

Welcome, 2018! We hope that you have had a festive holiday season and are excited to kick off the new year. Here's what happened over the past week:

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

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

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield cracking performance at 99.29% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 95 Apache contributors changed 111,245 lines of code over 406 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Tellier Benoit, Gary Gregory, Martin Grigorov, Xiao Li, and Francesco Chicchiriccò.

Apache DeltaSpike™ –a suite of portable CDI (Contexts & Dependency Injection) extensions intended to make application development easier when working with CDI and Java EE.
 - Apache DeltaSpike 1.8.1 https://deltaspike.apache.org/

Apache Edgent (incubating) –a stream processing programming model and lightweight micro-kernel style runtime to execute analytics at devices on the edge or at the gateway.
 - Apache Edgent 1.2.0-incubating released https://edgent.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.7.14 and Jackrabbit 2.8.7 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache MADlib™ –an Open Source library for scalable in-database analytics. 
 - Apache MADlib v1.13 released https://madlib.apache.org

Apache NiFi™ Registry –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi Registry 0.1.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Apache OFBiz™ –an Open Source product for the automation of enterprise processes that includes framework components and business applications.
 - Apache OFBiz 16.11.04 released http://ofbiz.apache.org/

Apache OpenOffice™ –the leading Open Source office document productivity suite.
 - Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5 released https://www.openoffice.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that over the past year the top 5 Apache project repositories by commits are, in order: Hadoop, Ambari, Lucene-Solr, Camel, and Ignite? https://s.apache.org/h8do

- Did you know that you can help members of the Apache Community welcome newcomers and mentor them on The Apache Way as a participant in ASF's Community Development (ComDev) project? http://community.apache.org/

- Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month: Cocoon, James, and Web Services (15 years); Lucene (13 years); ActiveMQ (11 years); Hadoop (10 years); River (7 years); Empire-db and Gora (6 years); Oltu and OpenMeetings (5 years); Samza (3 years); Arrow (2 years); and Ranger (1 year)? Many happy returns! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be 8) Meritocracy. https://s.apache.org/DiEo 9) Lowering Barriers to Open Innovation https://s.apache.org/dAlg 10) All My Roads Led to Apache https://s.apache.org/l9OO 11) Scratch Your Own Itch. https://s.apache.org/7Amk 12) What a Long Strange (and Great) Trip It's Been https://s.apache.org/gVuN

 - 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://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - The ASF will be back at FOSDEM in Brussels 3-5 February 2018. We'll see you there! https://fosdem.org/2018/

 - Meet members of the Apache community at Open Expo Madrid 6-7 June 2018 http://www.openexpo.es/en/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary Q2 FY2018 https://s.apache.org/j1GJ

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - 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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