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Friday March 19, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 19 March 2021

And it's Friday! Let's take a look at what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q3 FY2021 (November 2020 - January 2021) https://s.apache.org/Q3FY2021
 - Next Board Meeting: 21 April 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - CFPs open for ApacheCon@Home AND ApacheCon Asia: proposals now accepted for both events! Tracks include API/Microservices, Big Data, Cassandra, Community, Content Delivery & Management, Culture, Drill, Fineract/Fintech, Geospatial, Groovy, Incubator, Integration, IoT/IIoT, Karaf, Messaging, Middleware, Observability, Royale, RDF/Linked Data, Search, Social Data, Streaming, Tomcat, and more. https://www.apachecon.com/ 
 - Event Sponsorship available, including package deals for a global presence at both events! https://www.apachecon.com/acah2021/2021_ApacheCon_prospectus.pdf

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.38%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 400 Apache Committers changed 3,004,173 lines of code over 3,661 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Andrea Cosentino, Claus Ibsen, Daan Hoogland, Gary Gregory, and Mark Thomas.                           

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache NiFi 1.13.1 released http://nifi.apache.org/
 - Apache Avro 1.10.2 released https://avro.apache.org/

Libraries --
 - Apache Log4j 2.14.1 released http://logging.apache.org/
 - Apache XMLBeans 5.0.0 released  https://xmlbeans.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache HttpComponents Core 5.1 GA released https://hc.apache.org/

Web Conferencing --
 - Apache OpenMeetings CVE-2021-27576: Bandwidth can be overloaded with public web service https://s.apache.org/2pj12


Did You Know?

- Did you know that the ASF provides a comprehensive list of Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) for more than 50 Apache projects subject to export controls? https://apache.org/licenses/exports/

- Did you know that the CFP for Airflow Summit (8-16 July 2021) is now open? https://airflowsummit.org/ 

- Did you know that the Apache Druid community will be holding "drop-in" MeetUps on 23 and 31 March? http://druid.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices

- The Apache Month in Review: February 2021 https://s.apache.org/Feb2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/6TMuYglu2Cc

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/Z7yudar_da0

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - All presentations from ApacheCon@Home are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/ 

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I  https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL  and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Follow the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

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

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Monday March 15, 2021

The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: 1 November 2020 - 31 January 2021

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2021 (November 2020 - January 2021)

"We’re proud to be a part of the ASF community and look forward to continued support of its mission to provide Open Source software for the public good."
—Joel Marcey, Open Source Developer Advocate and Ecosystem Lead at Facebook (ASF Platinum Sponsor)


> Conferences and Events http://apachecon.com/ 

We held no events during the reporting period.

We have begun discussion of dates and details for ApacheCon 2021, and expect to have an announcement by March 1st. This event will, once again, be an online-only event.

Please watch @apachecon (on Twitter) for that announcement.

> Community Development http://community.apache.org/ 

During December an Apache Roadshow China was held in conjunction with COSCon. The event was a great success and we are looking forward to participation at future events.

A key theme this quarter was communication and ensuring our community was being kept informed of what is happening. As a result, we have been experimenting with a new format for the Apache News Roundup have been trialling it with the community. A range of short videos have been created focussed on different but hopefully useful topics. Feedback from the community has been extremely positive.

We applied for and were accepted for an online booth at FOSDEM. Throughout January most of our efforts were focussed on preparing for our participation at FOSDEM. Even with the very short timeframe,  several of our volunteers worked quickly and efficiently to put together an online presence for us during the event.

A request has been received to try and establish an Apache Local Community (ALC) in Nigeria so we are currently looking for an ASF member or PMC members from any Apache project that live locally that can become the main point of contact. These are part of the minimum requirements for governance when establishing a new ALC group.

We are in the final stages of our Google Summer of Code (GSoC) application so have also been gathering ideas from our projects.

Our mailing list has seen a large increase in traffic this quarter. Some of the increase is related to GSoC proposal requests being received from our projects. Yet even with the break for the holidays, it was good to see our discussion activity grow.  


> Committers and Contributions http://apache.org/licenses/contributor-agreements.html 

Over the past quarter, 1,424 contributors committed 64,101 changes that amount to 35,706,852 lines of code across Apache projects. The top 5 contributors, in order, were: Andrea Cosentino (1,544 commits), Xiang Xiao (1,301 commits), Jean-Baptiste Onofré (971 commits), Kaxil Naik (907 commits), and Gary Gregory (878 commits).

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

During Q3 FY2021, the ASF Secretary processed 198 ICLAs, 4 CCLAs, and 16 Software Grants. History of Apache committer growth can be seen at https://projects.apache.org/timelines.html


> Brand Management http://apache.org/foundation/marks/ 

Operations —the work of the Brand Management team falls broadly into one of four categories:

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

As with previous quarters we provided both Apache projects and external parties with advice on the correct use of Apache marks in a range of scenarios including branding of YouTube channels, Docker images Registrations, publishing, translations of project websites, tshirts, and stickers. The COVID-19 pandemic doesn't appear to reduced the number of project related events although all of the ones approves this quarter were, unsurprisingly, on-line events.

This quarter we worked with the KAFKA project and counsel to develop a KAFKA specific branding policy for KAFKA clients and connectors.

Another element of the advice we provide is naming advice for podlings. This quarter we provided advice to a project considering applying to join the Apache incubator and to three podlings.

Other advice provided this quarter included advice on using non-ASF logos on a project website and whether or not a project's mark was registered. We also rejected a mid-directed infringement claim for a non-ASF controlled website that just happened to be hosted on httpd.

Registrations

This quarter we started the process of updating the official ASF address associated with our registrations. There are costs associated with this process but we still anticipate brand expenditure for this year to remain within budget.

The APACHE IGNITE registration for China completed this quarter.

The registrations for APACHE and APACHE FLINK in China, BROOKLYN in the US continued to progress this quarter. 

We worked with counsel and the current registrants to progress the transfer of ownership of the APISIX marks in China and SERVICECOMB marks in the US and EU to the ASF.

Infringements

This quarter we saw an increase in people and organisations using derivations of the Apache License, version 2 without changing the primary branding of the license. While we do not object to the creation of such derivative licenses, we do want to ensure that they do not cause

confusion amongst end-users. Therefore, we monitor for such licenses and work with the authors to ensure that the licenses are clearly branded so that they will not be confused with the Apache License, version 2.

We have made some progress towards addressing infringing products sold in various online stores but have not yet resolved these issues.

It is usually members of our project communities who are first to identify potential infringements. This quarter we provided advice to a number of PMCs as to the best approach to take to address a potential infringement.

And finally…

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

> Security http://apache.org/security/ 

We continued to work on handling incoming security issues, keeping projects reminded of their outstanding issues, allocation of CVE names, and other general oversight and advice.

For Q3 we tracked 138 new vulnerability reports across 47 projects. Those reports led to 36 published CVE vulnerabilities.  The previous Q3 for comparison was 95 reports leading to 41 CVE.

We published a security report for calendar year 2020: https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020

The CVE project released a new automation API and the ASF became the first organisation to get a live CVE name using it. Instead of the security team holding a pool of names requested in advance we now allocate them on demand, with the service taking care of emails to the PMC and other previously manual parts of the process.  We released an internal tool providing projects dealing with security issues a way to edit, validate, and submit their entries to Mitre.  We aim to have the CVE database updated within a day of an issue being published. We expect more automation available during 2021 allowing us to streamline the CVE process for projects even further.


> Privacy http://apache.org/foundation/policies/privacy.html 

A few questions were answered on the privacy list. Most of the requests were around our use of the mailing lists. It was recommended that any person, who has privacy concerns over mailing list data, is redirected to vp-privacy@ or to the privacy@ list directly (if the request is not sensitive itself).

A GIT repository was created for working on policies. Apart from that, privacy did not handle critical issues so far. In the next few weeks we will see working drafts for mailing list archives.


>  Infrastructure http://apache.org/dev/infrastructure.html

The Infrastructure has done well over the past quarter, maintaining cost controls and keeping our team home and healthy.

This past quarter has seen a large change in our back-office, with how we manage our US-based employees. While it took a lot of effort, it did not impact our team's operations. We are up and rolling smoothly, after these changes.

There was a scare in the security around some of our automated CI/CD systems, which we quickly handled. In the end, the initial concern did not pan out to any real problems. Yet we learned and expanded some of our Best Practices, and implemented a scanner to monitor for future security concerns in this area.

The team has started a monthly "Builds" conference call to bring the broader community together to talk "all things builds". This has enabled a sharing of ideas, helped us advance more of our CI/CD infrastructure, and highlighted the pain points that our communities are seeing.

Our background work has continued, as usual, in areas such as testing a CDN deployment, improved integration between the ASF and GitHub, investigating a move from our on-premise Atlassian products to their cloud-based services, and our mail system upgrade.


> Treasury and Financial Statement --map against https://s.apache.org/FY2019AnnualReport 

The Treasurer, Myrle Krantz, and the Assistant Treasurer, Trevor Grant have contributed to keeping The Foundation in excellent fiscal shape with all tax and compliance forms filed on time. Latest public filings can be found at http://www.apache.org/foundation/records/. We have advised that officers minimize expenses until there is more certainty in global economic outlooks. Officers have done an excellent job at cost control throughout the fiscal year, and we hope that in the coming fiscal year that the need for austerity will be reduced. We transitioned, this quarter, from accounting provided by Virtual to accounting provided by IgniteSpot. Benefits we have seen from this transition include:

  • better transparency into accounting and smoother budgeting processes by moving from QuickBooks Enterprise to QuickBooks Online,
  • better automation of our processes via the integration of QuickBooks Online with Bill.com and our banking solutions, and
  • reduced costs.

We are pleased with the enthusiastic support IgniteSpot has provided Fundraising with invoicing and reporting, and we hope to see this continue. The transition has forced us to examine our internal processes, and given us opportunities to improve them.

In the process of transitioning accountants, we have also transitioned PEO providers. We now employ ADP Total Source directly. In addition we have transitioned to a new physical mailing address and a new registered agent. We thank Greg Stein, David Nalley, and Ruth Suehle for the truly excellent collaboration which made a change of this extent possible. We thank Virtual for their many years of service. The Apache Software Foundation would not be where we are today without the tireless efforts of Virtual to modernize our accounting processes and make them sustainable. In all, the transition has been extremely smooth. Our books were imported without difficulties. Thanks to the work Myrle Krantz and Greg Stein performed earlier this year to introduce bill.com, there were no interruptions in our vendor payments. And thanks to heightened attention by Sally Khudairi, and Daniel Ruggeri and IgniteSpot, there were no interruptions to sponsor invoicing. The financial report has a few more details than past quarterly reports. We have adjusted reporting to include mention of restricted funds. ASF Treasury has gone above and beyond to support fundraising this quarter. In particular, to make possible a two year platinum sponsorship before the end of the sponsor’s fiscal year, Myrle Krantz, with support from Greg Stein, and direction from Sally Khudairi interfaced with a sponsor’s PO system and generated and submitted last minute estimates and invoices. This team worked through multiple iterations over the course of several hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to get it right. This was possible, in part, because the ASF Treasury now has access to our own books via QuickBooks Online. We have added a bank account at TDBank to our mix of financial instruments. The majority of our cash remains in a CDARS account at Boston Private which provides FDIC insurance for the full amount.


Cash and Restricted Cash for Q3 FY 2021




Apache Software Foundation






Q3 FY 21





Checking/Savings Balances:





Boston Private CDARS Account

$ 3,031,266




Citizens Money Market

$ 152,007




Citizens Checking

$ 360,697




PayPal - ASF

$ 5,190




Stripe

$ 2,823




TD Bank Checking

$ 121,323



Total Checking/Savings

$ 3,673,306 








Restricted Funds:





Conditional Gift

$ 500,000




Project Restricted Funds

$ 32,979



Total Restricted Funds

$ 532,979








Unrestricted Cash/Checking

$ 3,140,327









Income and Expenses for Q3 FY 2021




Apache Software Foundation






Q3 FY 21



Income Summary:





Public Donations

$ 43,710




Sponsorship Program

$599,010




Programs Income

$ 0




Conference/Event Income

$ 1,000




Interest Income

$ 53



Total Income

$ 643,773 





Expense Summary





Infrastructure

$ 228,7920




Programs Expense

$ 0




Publicity

$7,456




Brand Management

$ 3,255




Conferences

$ 690




Travel Assistance Committee

$ -




Fundraising

$ 62,273




Privacy

$ -




Treasury Services

$ 20,207




General & Administrative

$ 9,207




Diversity and Inclusion

$ -



Total Expense

$ 331,881

Net Income

$ 311,892



> Diversity and Inclusion http://diversity.apache.org/

Diversity & Inclusion

Q3 of FY2021 focused on wrapping up the first research on the current status of D&I at the ASF, securing funds for one more year of Outreachy internships and planning for FY2022. Below is a breakdown of these accomplishments.

Wrapping the research on the current status of Diversity and Inclusion at the ASF
This project was composed of two initiatives: The ASF Community Survey and a User Experience Research for contributors of underrepresented groups. These two initiatives concluded in Q2 and we have a final draft https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=173087952 to be published in multiple channels, such as research publications and conferences like ApacheCon.

Continuing the internships for underrepresented groups through Outreachy.org
The third period of Outreachy internships is underway and we have six interns for six different Apache projects https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/EDI/2020-11-25+Outreachy+Meeting+notes . We secured $52,000 in sponsorship from Google to continue with this program for one more year. The sponsorship will be processed in March 2021.  

FY2022 planning
The findings and recommendations from the research completed in FY2021 will be the platform  for taking action in FY2022. The D&I committee will have the following goals in FY2022: 

  • Act on the findings and recommendations from the research done in FY2021
  • Continue the Outreachy Internships
  • Re-application of the community survey to measure changes since the survey was last done in 2020. 

The ultimate objective is to scope and define a project that will help us take the current state of D&I at the ASF to better neights. We will partner with Bitergia again, this is the firm that conducted the research and ran the ASF community survey in 2020. One of the alternatives we’re strongly considering is the creation of a program that helps podlings in the incubator develop strong practices for inclusion, enabling the projects to be diverse from the moment they graduate from incubation. This is still one are of consideration, and we’ll have the final selection by the end of the quarter. 

 

> Fundraising http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

As was noted in prior quarterly reports, Fundraising continues to move along well operationally. In addition to performing regular renewals, we are further honing our processes by experimenting with automation and tooling to augment our work. In this quarter, we are pleased to note that all ApacheCon sponsorships have completed and closed in the early quarter. Additionally, we managed to continue business-as-usual during a very busy December as the foundation onboarded a new accounting provider and platform.

We continue maintaining cautious optimism as we weather the current pandemic with our Sponsors and are tremendously thankful for the continued sponsorship despite the hard times. While we regret that two Bronze sponsors chose not to renew their sponsorship this quarter, we are thrilled to welcome a new Platinum Sponsor, Gold Sponsor, Silver Sponsor, and Bronze Sponsor! This growth in sponsorships is a heart warming indication that the amazing work done here at The ASF is recognized and appreciated in the global community. To that point, we are pleased to see that this quarter saw a higher than typical number of individual donations to the foundation.

The joy we feel from the continued support of our individual and corporate sponsors simply cannot be overstated. In the tough times leading into and during the initial days of the pandemic, like many others, we just did not know what to expect. After all, the only income our all-volunteer-led foundation receives comes from sponsorships. The ASF is known to house projects that creates industries, evolves the technology landscape, improves the world we live in - and we do it in a way that is fair and equitable to all who participate regardless of background. This is all entirely possible because of the generosity of our sponsors… especially during difficult days.

With a truly humble and grateful heart: THANK YOU for continuing to support us during this storm.

The list of all Sponsors is available at http://apache.org/foundation/thanks . To become an ASF Sponsor, visit http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html . To make a one-time or monthly recurring donation, please visit https://donate.apache.org/ .


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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions by Rich Bowen, Vice President Conferences; Mark Cox, Vice President Security; Griselda Cuevas, Vice President Diversity & Inclusion; David Nalley, Vice President Infrastructure; Sharan Foga, Vice President Community Development; Christian Grobmeier, Vice President Data Privacy; Myrle Krantz, Treasurer; Daniel Ruggeri, Vice President Fundraising; Greg Stein, Infrastructure Administrator; and Mark Thomas, Vice President Brand Management.

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

(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2021.

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Friday March 12, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 12 March 2021

Hello, Friday. Let's review the Apache community's activities from over the past week:

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Announcing New ASF Board of Directors https://s.apache.org/NewBoard2021
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 March 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - CFP open for ApacheCon@Home 2021: proposals now accepted for 20 tracks that include API/Microservices, Big Data, Cassandra, Content Delivery & Management, Community, Drill, Fineract/Fintech, Geospatial, Groovy, Incubator, Integration, IoT, Karaf, Observability, Royale, RDF/Linked Data, Search, Social Data, Tomcat, and more. https://www.apachecon.com/acah2021/cfp.html

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 100%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 389 Apache Committers changed 3,798,169 lines of code over 3,471 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Andrea Cosentino, Daan Hoogland, Gary Gregory, Claus Ibsen, and Tilman Hausherr.                    

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

APIs --
 - Apache APISIX 2.4 released https://apisix.apache.org/

Big Data --
 - Apache Flink 1.12.2 released https://flink.apache.org/

Content --
 -  Apache Jackrabbit 2.14.9 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

IDE --
 - Apache NetBeans 12.3 released http://netbeans.apache.org/

Integration --
 - Apache Camel 3.7.3 released https://camel.apache.org/

Libraries --
 - Apache Commons Lang 3.12 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-lang/
 - Apache Velocity Engine 2.3 and Tools 3.1 released https://velocity.apache.org/
 - Apache Velocity CVE-2020-13936: Velocity Sandbox Bypass https://s.apache.org/qmlqf
   and CVE-2020-13959: Tools XSS Vulnerability https://s.apache.org/iaoq5

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.64, 9.0.44, and 10.0.4 released https://tomcat.apache.org/

Web Conferencing --
 - Apache OpenMeetings 6.0.0 released https://openmeetings.apache.org/


Did You Know?

- Did you know that the ASF has been chosen to be a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization for the 16th consecutive year? https://community.apache.org/gsoc.html 

- Did you know that Facebook and Uber build streaming SQL applications for unified processing using Apache Flink and Pulsar? Learn more at https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/276579450/

- Did you know that the Airflow Summit is accepting submissions through 12 April? https://airflowsummit.org/


Apache Community Notices

- The Apache Month in Review: February 2021 https://s.apache.org/Feb2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/6TMuYglu2Cc

- The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/Z7yudar_da0

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - All presentations from ApacheCon@Home are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/ 

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I  https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL  and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Follow the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

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

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

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Thursday March 11, 2021

Announcing New ASF Board of Directors

At The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Annual Members' Meeting held this week, the following individuals were elected to the ASF Board of Directors:

  • Bertrand Delacretaz (current Director)
  • Roy Fielding (current Director)
  • Sharan Foga (new Director)
  • Justin Mclean (current Director)
  • Craig Russell (current Director)
  • Sam Ruby (current Director)
  • Roman Shaposhnik (former Director)
  • Sander Striker (current Director)
  • Sheng Wu (new Director)


The ASF thanks Shane Curcuru, Patricia Shanahan, and Niclas Hedhman (who resigned from the Board prior to the Members’ Meeting) for their service, and welcomes our new and returning directors.

An overview of the ASF's governance, along with the complete list of ASF Board of Directors, Executive Officers, and Project/Committee Vice Presidents, can be found at http://apache.org/foundation/

For more information on the Foundation's operations and structure, see http://apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#structure

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Friday March 05, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 5 March 2021

Welcome, March! We've had a great week within the Apache community. Here's what happened:

The Apache Month in Review – highlights of what we've accomplished over the past month. 
- February 2021 https://s.apache.org/Feb2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/6TMuYglu2Cc

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws. 
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 March 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

Apache Diversity & Inclusion – initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the greater Apache community.
 - FINAL CALL for Apache project proposals and mentors: Outreachy Open Source internship program May-Aug 2021 https://s.apache.org/s7tz2

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.99%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 392 Apache Committers changed 1,224,925 lines of code over 3,879 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Andrea Cosentino, Gary Gregory, Andi Huber, and Daan Hoogland.              

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache NiFi MiNiFi C++ 0.9.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/minifi

Cloud Computing --
 - Apache CloudStack 4.14.1.0 LTS released https://cloudstack.apache.org/

Confidential Computing --
 - Apache Teaclave (incubating) 0.2.0 released https://teaclave.apache.org/

Libraries --
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Daffodil™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/18vob

Observability --
 - Apache SkyWalking Nginx LUA 0.4.0 released https://skywalking.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat CVE-2021-25122: h2c request mix-up https://s.apache.org/29cq9
   and CVE-2021-25329: RCE via session persistence https://s.apache.org/9itds


Did You Know?

- Did you that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Many happy returns to Apache mod_perl (21 years); Maven (18 years); Struts (17 years); Jackrabbit (15 years); Felix (14 years); Archiva (13 years); UIMA (11 years); Accumulo and Sqoop (9 years); Bloodhound, CloudStack, and cTAKES (8 years); Allura and Olingo (7 years); and FreeMarker (3 years) https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

- Did you know that the Apache Local Community - Beijing has celebrated its one-year anniversary with numerous impressive achievments? https://s.apache.org/gm9kv

- Did you know that your support helps offset the ASF's day-to-day operating costs? https://s.apache.org/8foo2


Apache Community Notices

- The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/Z7yudar_da0

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - All presentations from ApacheCon@Home are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/ 

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Follow the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

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

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Thursday March 04, 2021

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

Open Source universal data interchange implementation of the Data Format Description Language (DFDL) standard in use at DARPA, GE Research, Naval Postgraduate School, Owl Cyber Defense, Perspecta Labs, and Raytheon BBN Technologies, among others.

Wilmington, DE —4 March 2021— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Daffodil™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Daffodil is an Open Source implementation of the Data Format Description Language 1.0 specification (DFDL; the Open Grid Forum open standard framework for describing the attributes of any data format [1]) to enable universal data interchange. The project was first created at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in 2009, and entered the Apache Incubator in August 2017.

"We're extremely excited that Apache Daffodil has achieved this important milestone in its development. The Daffodil DFDL implementation is a game changer in complex text and binary data interfaces and creates massive opportunities for organizations to easily implement highly sophisticated processes like data decomposition, inspection, and reassembly," said Michael Beckerle, Vice President of Apache Daffodil. "Instead of spending a lot of time worrying about how to deal with so many kinds of data that you need to take in, from day one you can convert all sorts of data into XML, or JSON, or your preferred data structure, and convert back if you need to write data out in its original format."

Apache Daffodil is particularly useful in large-scale organizations, such as governments and large corporations, where massive amounts of complex and legacy data must be exchanged and made accessible every day. Daffodil is also particularly useful in cybersecurity, where data must be inspected for correctness and sanitized.

Apache Daffodil is in use at major global organizations that include DARPA, GE Research, Naval Postgraduate School, Owl Cyber Defense, Perspecta Labs, and Raytheon BBN Technologies, among others.

"We are using Daffodil to translate DFDL schema specifications into code for our Monitoring & INspection Device (MIND) as part of our work on DARPA’s Guaranteed Architecture for Physical Security (GAPS) program," said said Bill Smith, Principal Engineer at GE Research. "One of our engineers has joined the Apache Daffodil Project Management Committee and is building out the new DFDL-to-C backend on a dedicated Daffodil development branch. We are now translating DFDL schemas provided by other DARPA GAPS performers to C code suitable for the small resource-constrained controllers in our MIND device. When complete, Daffodil's DFDL-to-C backend will give us the ability to annotate DFDL schemas with security policies and rapidly reconfigure our MIND device for different mission security profiles."

"Apache Daffodil is an important asset to our cross domain solutions technology stack, allowing Owl to support our customers by extending our filtering capabilities to new data types faster and with less risk," said Ken Walker, CTO at Owl Cyber Defense. "It's directly in line with our company priorities, as supporters of the Open Source community, and highly beneficial to our product lines to have this high-quality Open Source implementation of DFDL to support challenging, sometimes proprietary data formats, such as Link16, VMF, USMTF, OSIsoft PI System, and JANAP-128, without the need to develop additional software. DFDL enables our Raise-the-Bar compliant cross domain solutions to support new data types without additional rounds of lengthy lab-based testing and recertification."

"The DFDL open spec and the Apache Daffodil implementation have helped us tremendously in parsing and transforming fixed-format data in a variety of different R&D projects at BBN," said Michael Atighetchi, Lead Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies. "Sharing parsers through a vendor-neutral XML representation is a game changer that enables a significant speedup in developing, maturing, and transitioning advanced capabilities to help war fighters."

"Our research on applying Data Format Description Language (DFDL) is exploring how to unlock and archive a plethora of diverse data streams from unmanned systems," said Don Brutzman, Naval Postgraduate School. "Both the DFDL standard and the Apache Daffodil open-source implementation provide a big benefit for these potential capabilities. Continuing work at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) hopes to make telemetry from field experimentation and simulation repeatably tractable for Big Data analytics."

"Graduation to a TLP recognizes that the Apache Daffodil project follows the rigorous software development practices that have made so many of ASF projects trusted and successful," added Beckerle. "With the increasing interest in Big Data, interoperability, and protection from malicious data, we welcome new contributors to help us further grow the Apache Daffodil community."

[1] Data Format Description Language (DFDL) v1.0 Specification https://www.ogf.org/documents/GFD.240.pdf

Availability and Oversight
Apache Daffodil 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 Daffodil, visit https://daffodil.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheDaffodil 

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the primary 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 enter the ASF 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 Apache Software Foundation is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 200 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with nearly 8,100 Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Didi Chuxing, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Namebase, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Reprise Software, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF 

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Monday March 01, 2021

Apache Month in Review: February 2021

Welcome to the latest monthly overview of events from the Apache community. Here's a summary of what happened in February:

New this month --

 - Call for Apache project proposals and mentors: Outreachy Open Source internship program May-Aug 2021 https://s.apache.org/s7tz2

 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® DataSketches™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/jhvqu

 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Gobblin™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/df92k

 - The Apache® Software Foundation Sustains its Mission of Providing Software for the Public Good through Corporate Sponsorships and Charitable Giving https://s.apache.org/8foo2

 - Apache Month in Review: January 2021 https://s.apache.org/Jan2021


Important Dates --

  - Next Board Meeting: 17 March 2021. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html


Infrastructure --

Our seven-member Infrastructure team on three continents oversees our highly-reliable, distributed network under the leadership of VP Infrastructure David Nalley and Infrastructure Administrator Greg Stein. ASF Infrastructure supports 300+ Apache projects and their communities across ~200 individual machines, 1,400+ repositories, 5-6PB in traffic annually, ~75M downloads per month, and 2-3M daily emails on 2,000+ lists. ASF Infra performs 7M+ weekly checks to ensure services are available around the clock. The average uptime in February was 99.97%. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Committer Activity --

In February, 718 Apache Committers changed 8,293,634 lines of code over 13,685 commits. The Committers with the top 5 highest contributions, in order, were: Andrea Cosentino, Gary Gregory, Claus Ibsen, Andi Huber, and Benoit Tellier.

Project Releases and Updates --

New releases from Apache Airflow (Big Data); APISIX (API); Beam (Big Data); BookKeeper (Big Data); Camel (Integration); Commons NET (Libraries); Directory Studio (Network Client / Server); Druid (Big Data); Flink (Big Data); FreeMarker (Templating); HttpComponents (Servers); Lucene (Search); MyFaces (Web Frameworks); NiFi (Big Data); NLPCraft (Incubating; Natural Language Processing); PLC4X (IoT); Qpid Broker (Messaging); Qpid Dispatch (Messaging); Skywalking (Application Performance Management); Tomcat (Servers).

The Apache Incubator is the primary entry path for projects wishing to become an official part of the ASF. EventMesh entered the Apache Incubator as a new podling this month. We invite you to review the many projects currently in development in the Apache Incubator http://incubator.apache.org/ .

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Friday February 26, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 26 February 2021

Farewell, February --we're wrapping up the month with another great week. Here are the latest updates on the Apache community's activities:

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws. 
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 March 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Fundraising – oversees numerous ways to offset the ASF's day-to-day operating costs to help the ASF continue to provide $22B+ in software at 100% no cost.
 - The Apache® Software Foundation Sustains its Mission of Providing Software for the Public Good through Corporate Sponsorships and Charitable Giving https://s.apache.org/8foo2

Apache Diversity & Inclusion – initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the greater Apache community.
 - Call for Apache project proposals and mentors: Outreachy Open Source internship program May-Aug 2021 https://s.apache.org/s7tz2

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.96%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 377 Apache Committers changed 2,654,647 lines of code over 3,605 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Andrea Cosentino, Claus Ibsen, Gary Gregory, Mark Miller, and Daan Hoogland.          

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Qpid Broker J 7.1.12 and J 8.0.4 released https://qpid.apache.org/
 - Apache Beam 2.28.0 released https://beam.apache.org/
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.13.0 released http://bookkeeper.apache.org/

Library --
 - Apache Commons Net 3.8.0 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-net/

Network Client/Server --
 - Apache Directory Studio 2.0-0-M16 released https://directory.apache.org/studio/

Search --
 - Apache Lucene 8.8.1 and Solr 8.8.1 released http://lucene.apache.org/

Web Frameworks --
 - Apache MyFaces Core v2.3-next-M5 released http://myfaces.apache.org/


Did You Know?

- Did you know that SOPHIA, the new text-mined knowledge graph clinical decision support system created to improve doctors recommendations to patients, is powered by Apache cTAKES? http://ctakes.apache.org/

- Did you know that the Carnegie Mellon University Database Group's vaccination database processes billions of records per second using Apache Druid? Learn more at their free Vaccination Database Tech Talks on 1 March --presentations on Apache Pinot (incubating) and Apache CouchDB are in the series as well https://db.cs.cmu.edu/seminar2021/

- Did you know that video highlights of the ASF's 2020 Security Report are now available? https://youtu.be/Z7yudar_da0


Apache Community Notices

- Apache Month In Review: January 2021 https://s.apache.org/Jan2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/hWMonAbaprU

- The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/Z7yudar_da0

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - All presentations from ApacheCon@Home are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/ 

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

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Tuesday February 23, 2021

The Apache® Software Foundation Sustains its Mission of Providing Software for the Public Good through Corporate Sponsorships and Charitable Giving

World's largest Open Source foundation provides more than $22B worth of community-led software at 100% no charge to users worldwide.

Wilmington, DE —23 February 2021— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Corporate Sponsorship and Charitable Giving has enabled the Foundation to sustain its mission of providing software for the public good.

The ASF is the world's largest Open Source foundation. Apache software projects are integral to nearly every end-user computing device, benefit billions of users worldwide, with Web requests received from every Internet-connected country on the planet. Valued conservatively at more than $22B, Apache Open Source software is available to the public-at-large at 100% no cost. No payment of any kind is ever required to use, contribute to, or otherwise participate in Apache projects. The ASF depends on tax-deductible Sponsorships and donations to offset its operations expenses that include infrastructure, marketing and publicity, accounting, and legal services.

"We are proud of our Sponsors, whose generous support helps our volunteer community continue to develop essential software that keeps the world running," said Daniel Ruggeri, ASF Vice President of Fundraising. "ASF Sponsorship allows us to make great strides towards developing and improving our projects, enriching our communities, educating and mentoring newcomers, and encouraging and facilitating participation by under-represented groups. Fiscal support today secures the groundwork to ensure future Apache benefits can be shared by all."

ASF Sponsors include:

Platinum —Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Google, Huawei, Microsoft, Namebase, Pineapple Fund, Tencent, and Verizon Media.

Gold —Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Cloudera, Confluent, IBM, Indeed, Reprise Software, Union Investment, and Workday.

Silver —Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Capital One, Comcast, Didi Chuxing, Red Hat, and Target.

Bronze —Bestecasinobonussen.nl, Bookmakers, Casino2k, Cerner, Curity, Gundry MD, GridGain, Host Advice, HotWax Systems, LeoVegas Indian Online Casino, Miro-Kredit AG, Mutuo Kredit AG, Online Holland Casino, ProPrivacy, PureVPN, RX-M, RenaissanceRe, SCAMS.info, SevenJackpots.com, Start a Blog by Ryan Robinson, Talend, The Best VPN, The Blog Starter, The Economic Secretariat, Top10VPN, and Twitter.

In addition to ASF Sponsors, Targeted Sponsors provide in-kind support for select Foundation operations and initiatives that benefit Apache Projects and their communities. They include:

Platinum —Amazon Web Services, CloudBees, DLA Piper, JetBrains, Leaseweb, Microsoft, OSU Open Source Labs, Sonatype, and Verizon Media.

Gold —Atlassian, Datadog, Docker, PhoenixNAP, and Quenda.

Silver —HotWax Systems, Manning Publications, and Rackspace.

Bronze —Bintray, Education Networks of America, Friend of Apache Cordova, Hopsie, Google, No-IP, PagerDuty, Peregrine Computer Consultants Corporation, Sonic.net, SURFnet, and Virtru.

"We deeply appreciate the ongoing support over the course of this unprecedentedly challenging year," said Sally Khudairi, ASF Vice President of Sponsor Relations. "Widespread awareness of the value of The Apache Software Foundation has led organizations and individuals to reach deep and help ensure our day-to-day operations continue without interruption. We are grateful and humbled by the support."

Corporate Contributions
In addition to Sponsorship, a variety of Corporate Giving programs benefit the ASF. They include:

Annual Corporate Giving —organizations such as Bloomberg, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal, Vanguard, and many others offer tax benefits and provide their employees the ability to boost their support of a diverse set of nonprofit organizations that include the ASF.

Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants —donations to the ASF can be doubled or tripled through a corporate matching gift program. Employers such as American Express, AOL, Bloomberg, IBM, and Microsoft match contributions and volunteer hours made by their employees.

Charitable Gifts and Payroll Giving —as an official charity in Benevity https://www.benevity.com/ , the Blackbaud Giving Fund https://blackbaudgivingfund.org/ , and other philanthropic giving distributors, the ASF benefits from numerous corporate giving initiatives, such as the Microsoft Tech Talent for Good volunteer program and Charles Schwab Charitable, among others.

Individual Donations
Individuals and organizations wishing to support Apache with one-time and recurring tax-deductible donations using a credit or debit card, PayPal, ACH electronic bank transfer, or Apple/Google/Microsoft Pay on their mobile device are invited to do so at https://donate.apache.org/ . Supporting Apache through an online purchase from Amazon, using cryptocurrency, mailing in a check, and other methods are also possible.

For more information, including ways to support the ASF, visit http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

Learn about the ASF's commitment to providing software for the public good in "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $22B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 206 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with nearly 8,100 Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Didi Chuxing, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Namebase, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Reprise Software, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF .


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Friday February 19, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 19 February 2021

Hello, Friday. Let's review the Apache community's activities from 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 March 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

Apache Diversity & Inclusion – initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the greater Apache community.
 - Call for Apache project proposals and mentors: Outreachy Open Source internship program May-Aug 2021 https://s.apache.org/s7tz2

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 100%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 337 Apache Committers changed 1,346,004 lines of code over 2,861 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Andrea Cosentino, Claus Ibsen, Leonid Frolov, Gary Gregory, and Guillaume Nodet.    

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

APIs --
 - Apache APISIX Dashboard 2.4 released https://apisix.apache.org/

Big Data --
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Gobblin™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/df92k
 - Apache NiFi 1.13.0 released http://nifi.apache.org/
 - Apache Airflow CVE-2021-26559: Privilege Escalation Attack https://s.apache.org/bzww8 , and
   CVE-2021-26697: Lineage API endpoint for Experimental API missed authentication check https://s.apache.org/4sp60

Integration --
 - Apache Camel 3.8.0 released https://camel.apache.org/

Natural Language Processing --
 - Apache NLPCraft 0.7.4 (incubating) released https://nlpcraft.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Qpid Dispatch 1.15.0 released https://qpid.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache HttpComponents Client 5.1-beta1 released https://hc.apache.org/

Templating --
- Apache FreeMarker 2.3.31 released https://freemarker.apache.org/

Web Frameworks --
 - Apache MyFaces CVE-2021-26296: Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) vulnerability https://s.apache.org/ylllx

Did You Know?

- Did you know that the ASF is the top-ranked Open Source not-for-profit organization with the most stars on GitHub? #4 of all organizations as of February 2021! https://gitstar-ranking.com/

- Did you know that Apache OpenMeetings, HTTP Server, and Tomcat have been listed amongst StackShare’s newly-announced Top 100+ Developer Tools of 2020? OpenMeetings is a “New Tool of the Year” category winner for “Web and Video Conferencing”; Apache HTTP Server and Tomcat Apache are category winners for “Web Server of the Year”. https://stackshare.io/posts/top-developer-tools-2020

- Did you know that the Call for Participation for the first Ignite Summit is now open? Join members of the Apache Ignite community online (virtual event); registration is open and free of charge https://ignite-summit.org/


Apache Community Notices

- Apache Month In Review: January 2021 https://s.apache.org/Jan2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/hWMonAbaprU

- The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - All presentations from ApacheCon@Home are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/ 

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

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Tuesday February 16, 2021

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

Open Source distributed Big Data integration framework in use at Apple, CERN, Comcast, Intel, LinkedIn, Nerdwallet, PayPal, Prezi, Roku, Sandia National Labs, Swisscom, Verizon, and more.

Wilmington, DE —16 February 2021— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Gobblin™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Gobblin is a distributed Big Data integration framework used in both streaming and batch data ecosystems. The project originated at LinkedIn in 2014, was open-sourced in 2015, and entered the Apache Incubator in February 2017.

"We are excited that Gobblin has completed the incubation process and is now an Apache Top-Level Project," said Abhishek Tiwari, Vice President of Apache Gobblin and software engineering manager at LinkedIn. "Since entering the Apache Incubator, we have completed four releases and grown our community the Apache Way to more than 75 contributors from around the world."

Apache Gobblin is used to integrate hundreds of terabytes and thousands of datasets per day by simplifying the ingestion, replication, organization, and lifecycle management processes across numerous execution environments, data velocities, scale, connectors, and more.

"Originally creating this project, seeing it come to life and solve mission-critical problems at many companies has been a very gratifying experience for me and the entire Gobblin team," said Shirshanka Das, Founder and CTO at Acryl Data, and member of the Apache Gobblin Project Management Committee.

As a highly scalable data management solution for structured and byte-oriented data in heterogeneous data ecosystems, Apache Gobblin makes the arduous task of creating and maintaining a modern data lake easy. It supports the three main capabilities required by every data team: 

  • Ingestion and export of data from a variety of sources and sinks into and out of the data lake while supporting simple transformations. 
  • Data Organization within the lake (e.g. compaction, partitioning, deduplication).
  • Lifecycle and Compliance Management of data within the lake (e.g. data retention, fine-grain data deletions) driven by metadata.

"Apache Gobblin supports deployment models all the way from a single-process standalone application to thousands of containers running in cloud-native environments, ensuring that your data plane can scale with your company’s growth," added Das.

Apache Gobblin is in use at Apple, CERN, Comcast, Intel, LinkedIn, Nerdwallet, PayPal, Prezi, Roku, Sandia National Laboratories, Swisscom, and Verizon, among many others.

"We chose Apache Gobblin as our primary data ingestion tool at Prezi because it proved to scale, and it is a swiss army knife of data ingestion," said Tamas Nemeth, Tech Lead and Manager at Prezi. "Today, we ingest, deduplicate, and compact more than 1200 Apache Kafka topics with its help, and this number is still growing. We are looking forward to continuing to contribute to the project and helping the community enable other companies to use Apache Gobblin."

"Apache Gobblin has been at the center stage of the data management story at LinkedIn. We leverage it for various use-cases ranging from ingestion, replication, compaction, retention, and more," said Kapil Surlaker, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. "It is battle-tested and serves us well at exabyte scale. We firmly believe in the data wrangling capabilities that Gobblin has to offer, and we will continue to contribute heavily and collaborate with the Apache Gobblin community. We are happy to see that Gobblin has established itself as an industry standard and is now an Apache Top-Level Project."

"Open community and meritocracy are the key drivers for Apache Gobblin's success," added Tiwari. "We invite everyone interested in the data management space to join us and help shape the future of Gobblin."

Catch Apache Gobblin in action in the upcoming hackathon planned for late Q1 2021. Details will be posted on the Apache Gobblin mailing lists and Twitter feed listed below.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Gobblin 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 Gobblin, visit https://gobblin.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheGobblin 

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the primary 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 enter the ASF 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 Apache Software Foundation is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 206 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with nearly 8,000 Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cloudera, Comcast, Didi Chuxing, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Reprise Software, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF 

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Friday February 12, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 12 February 2021

Friday arrived quickly --happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! The Apache community has had a productive week; let's review:

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws. 
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 February 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

Apache Diversity & Inclusion – initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the greater Apache community.
 - Call for Apache project proposals and mentors: Outreachy Open Source internship program May-Aug 2021 https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/r7ba52de92d2a31d623aa510573de89c9d8a82ab01e85c87f43a792d4%40%3Cannounce.apache.org%3E

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - ApacheCon@Home keynotes, plenaries, and presentations on Big Data, Camel/Integration, Cassandra, Community, Content Delivery (Traffic Server/Traffic Control), cTAKES, Fineract/Fintech, Geode, Geospatial, Groovy, HTTP Server (httpd and the Web), Ignite, Incubator, IoT, Jena, Karaf, Machine Learning, Mahout, Multi-lingual tracks (Hindi/German/Mandarin/Spanish), Observability, OpenOffice, Pulsar/Bookkeeper, Royale, Solr/Lucene/Search Learning, Streaming, Tomcat, and more are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/  

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.96%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 388 Apache Committers changed 2,346,803 lines of code over 4,410 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Bernd Bohmann, Gary Gregory, Tellier Benoit, Andrea Cosentino, and Claus Ibsen.

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

APIs --
 - Apache APISIX 2.3 released https://apisix.apache.org/

IoT --
 - Apache PLC4X 0.8.0 released https://plc4x.apache.org/

Observability --
 - Apache SkyWalking CLI 0.6.0 released https://skywalking.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache HttpComponents Core 5.1 BETA3 released https://hc.apache.org/
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.63 released https://tomcat.apache.org/

Web Frameworks --
 - Apache MyFaces Core 2.2.14 released http://myfaces.apache.org/ 


Did You Know?

- Did you know that downloads of Apache OpenOffice exceed 1 Million each month? https://openoffice.apache.org/

- Did you know that Airbnb uses Apache Superset for deep data insights, visualizing metrics, and business intelligence at scale? https://superset.apache.org/

- Did you know that the Apache Groovy, Kafka, and Maven communities will be participating at DevNexus online on 17 February? Registration is free and open to all http://devnexus.com


Apache Community Notices

- Apache Month In Review: January 2021 https://s.apache.org/Jan2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/hWMonAbaprU

- The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

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Friday February 05, 2021

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 5 February 2021

Welcome, February --we're opening the month with another great week. Here's what the Apache community has been up to:

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 February 2021. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - videos from ApacheCon@Home presentations are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/  

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.99%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – Over the past week, 402 Apache Committers changed 3,696,305 lines of code over 3,791 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Andrea Cosentino, Claus Ibsen, Andi Huber, and Christofer Dutz.  

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Application Performance Monitoring --
 - Apache SkyWalking 8.4.0 released https://skywalking.apache.org/

Big Data --
 - Apache Flink 1.10.3 released https://flink.apache.org/
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® DataSketches™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/jhvqu
 - Apache Druid 0.20.1 released https://druid.apache.org/
 - Apache Druid CVE-2021-25646: Remote code execution vulnerability https://s.apache.org/7tkex

Search --
 - Apache Lucene 8.8.0 and Solr 8.8.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.43 and 10.0.2 released https://tomcat.apache.org/

Web Frameworks --
 - Apache MyFaces Core 3.0.0 released http://myfaces.apache.org/ 


Did You Know?

- Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Congratulations to Apache HTTP Server (26 years); Gump and Portals (17 years); Directory, MyFaces, and Xerces (16 years); Tapestry (15 years); Roller (14 years); Cassandra and Subversion (11 years); Chemistry (10 years); BVal and OpenNLP (9 years); Clerezza (8 years); Knox and Spark (7 years); DataFu (3 years); and Unomi (2 years) https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

- Did you know that Apache Arrow, Apache Ranger, and Apache Sentry power Dremio and Starburst, two of InfoWorld's 2021 Technology of the Year Award Winners? https://www.infoworld.com/article/3604653/infoworlds-2021-technology-of-the-year-award-winners.html

- Did you know that Apache DolphinScheduler (incubating) is used at China Telecom, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, Tencent, Walmart, and dozens others for visual workflow scheduling? http://dolphinscheduler.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices

- Apache in 2020 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits + Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

- Apache Month In Review: January 2021 https://s.apache.org/Jan2021 + Video highlights https://youtu.be/hWMonAbaprU

- ASF Security Report 2020 https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020

- The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: 1 August - 31 October 2020 https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

- ASF FY2020 Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2020AnnualReport

- "Trillions and Trillions Served" documentary on the ASF: 1) full feature https://s.apache.org/Trillions-Feature 2) "Apache Everywhere" https://s.apache.org/ApacheEverywhere 3) "Why Apache" https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions 4) “Apache Innovation” https://s.apache.org/ApacheInnovation 

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet 
    Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris
    Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew
    Greg Stein Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg
      ...Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg2 and Part III https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Greg3
    Daniel Gruno Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel1 and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Daniel2
    Gavin McDonald Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Gavin2
    Andrew Wetmore Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Andrew2
    Chris Lambertus Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - ASF Targeted Sponsor Manning Publications is offering special deals on the latest books on Apache Airflow, Pulsar, Spark, and Thrift, among other titles and eBooks https://deals.manning.com/the-latest-apache-innovations/

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

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Wednesday February 03, 2021

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

Open Source high-performance Big Data streaming algorithm library in use at Nielsen Identity, Permutive, Splice Machine, and Verizon Media, among others.

Wilmington, DE —3 February 2021— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® DataSketches™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache DataSketches is a highly performant Big Data analysis library for scalable approximate algorithms. The project originated at Yahoo in 2012, was open-sourced in 2015, and entered the Apache Incubator in March 2019.

"We are excited to be part of the ASF," said Lee Rhodes, Vice President of Apache DataSketches. "We have learned a great deal from the incubation process and look forward to working with new users of our library that want to take advantage of sketching technology."

Apache DataSketches’s library of specialized streaming algorithms —known as sketches— comprise small data structures that process data at massive scale. Sketches are ideal for queries that cannot afford the time or huge compute resources needed to generate exact results. Where approximate results are acceptable, sketches are the only viable alternative for interactive queries with real-time analysis. Apache DataSketches is:

  • Fast —produces approximate results at orders of magnitude faster than traditional methods -- user configurable size vs accuracy tradeoff;
  • Efficient —sketch algorithms process data in a single pass for both real-time and batch;
  • Mergeable —allows for parallelization;
  • Optimized for large-scale computing environments that process Big Data —such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, Apache Druid, Apache Hive, Apache Pig, PostgreSQL;
  • Binary compatible across multiple languages and platforms —available in Java, C++, and Python;
  • Expanded Analysis —including count distinct with set operations, quantiles, most frequent items (heavy hitters), matrix computations, and more; and
  • Mathematically defined and proven error properties —provides a priori and a posteriori error estimation and upper and lower bounds with statistically derived confidence intervals.

Apache DataSketches is used in large-scale computing environments such as Nielsen Identity, Permutive, Splice Machine, and Verizon Media, among others, as well as Apache Druid and Apache Pinot (incubating).

"The Apache DataSketches project takes powerful algorithms for data summarization and analysis, and makes them available to everyone," said Professor Graham Cormode of the University of Warwick. "While these methods are tremendously useful in practice, their descriptions were previously only in highly technical scientific papers. This project has made robust, dependable and well-documented implementations available to all. Already the library has been used for a wide range of applications, including service quality, monitoring, ad analytics and the sciences."

"Using Apache DataSketches has enabled Apache Druid users to perform common tasks such as quantiles and unique counting in a highly performant and efficient manner," said Gian Merlino, Vice President of Apache Druid. "We have worked closely together over the years to make the power of DataSketches accessible to Apache Druid users, helping us provide real-time analytics at scale."

"Sketches are fundamental to calculating many of our key company metrics," said Tom Miller, Director of Software Development Engineering at Verizon Media. "It allows us to greatly simplify our data processing and reduce storage costs by allowing us to calculate non-additive metrics across user specified dimension combinations at report time instead of having to either retain raw data or pre-calculate for each set of dimensions."

"Combining Apache Druid and DataSketches allows us to provide our customers real-time insights into their target audiences and advertising campaigns," said Yakir Buskilla, Senior Vice President of Research and Development and General Manager Israel at Nielsen Identity. "The ability to evaluate set expressions make the Theta Sketch especially powerful for multi-set cardinality estimation as well as funnel analysis."

“Apache DataSketches has provided us with a solid theoretical foundation upon which we are able to store and process data at scale - in a simple, fast and cost-efficient manner," said David Cromberge, Senior Software Engineer at Permutive. "It has been a pleasure to engage with their creators and community who have been helpful at every step of the way.”

"We use DataSketches's Theta-Sketches for distinct-count aggregations that are used to solve large multi-set cardinality approximation," said Mayank Shrivastava, Committer and member of the Apache Pinot (incubating) Podling Project Management Committee. "The ability to evaluate set expressions make the Theta Sketch especially powerful for multi-set cardinality estimation as well as funnel analysis."

"We welcome those interested in streaming algorithms to visit us, learn about this exciting technology, and contribute to Apache DataSketches to make our project even better," added Rhodes.

Availability and Oversight
Apache DataSketches 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 DataSketches, visit https://datasketches.apache.org .

About the Apache Incubator
The Apache Incubator is the primary 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 enter the ASF 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 Apache Software Foundation is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 227M+ lines of code and providing more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 206 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with nearly 8,000 Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cloudera, Comcast, Didi Chuxing, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Reprise Software, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF .

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Monday February 01, 2021

Apache Month in Review: January 2021

Welcome to the latest monthly overview of events from the Apache community. Here's a summary of what happened in January:

New this month --

 - Apache in 2020 - By The Digits – a look at the achievements from the Apache Community over the past 12 months.
   -- Summary and stats at https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits
   -- Video highlights https://s.apache.org/Apache2020Digits-vid

 - ASF Security Report 2020 – the annual state of security across all Apache projects https://s.apache.org/SecurityReport2020

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success  – Apache is for Everyone. Every developer has their personal motivations for building software. We celebrate their right to choose when and how they build their software, including their right to use a non-open license. https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
   -- Videos of all ApacheCon@Home sessions, including Plenaries and Keynotes, are available https://www.youtube.com/c/TheApacheFoundation/

 - Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q2 FY2021 (August - October 2020) https://s.apache.org/Q2FY2021

 - "Inside Infra" – the interview series featuring members of the ASF Infrastructure team
   -- Meet Chris Lambertus --Part I https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL and Part II https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-ChrisL2

 - Apache Month in Review: December 2020 https://s.apache.org/Dec2020


Important Dates --

  - Next Board Meeting: 17 February 2021. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html


Infrastructure --

Our seven-member Infrastructure team on three continents oversees our highly-reliable, distributed network under the leadership of VP Infrastructure David Nalley and Infrastructure Administrator Greg Stein. ASF Infrastructure supports 300+ Apache projects and their communities across ~200 individual machines, 1,400+ repositories, 5-6PB in traffic annually, ~75M downloads per month, and 2-3M daily emails on 2,000+ lists. ASF Infra performs 7M+ weekly checks to ensure services are available around the clock. The average uptime in January was 99.96%. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Committer Activity --

In January, 726 Apache Committers changed 11,011,714 lines of code over 14,708 commits. The Committers with the top 5 highest contributions, in order, were: Rohit Yadav, Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Andrea Cosentino, Gary Gregory, and Mark Thomas.

Project Releases and Updates --

New releases from Apache Accumulo (Big Data); Arrow (Big Data); Beam (Big Data); Camel (Integration); CloudStack (Cloud Computing); Commons Daemon (Libraries); Flink (Big Data);  Guacamole (Network Client); Hadoop (Big Data); Ignite (Big Data); IoTDB (IoT); Jackrabbit (Content); JMeter (Testing); Nutch (Web Crawler); OFBiz (Enterprise Processes Automation / ERP); Oak (Content); Rya (Big Data); Qpid Broker (Messaging); ShardingSphere (Big Data); Skywalking (Application Performance Management); Tika (Big Data); Tomcat (Servers); Traffic Server (Servers).

Upcoming Apache Project community events include ESUP Days & Apereo Paris (2 February); Airflow Virtual Meetup (12 February); Joint ASF–OCG–OSGeo Code Sprint (17-19 February); and Big Data Technology Warsaw Summit (23 February).

The Apache Incubator is the primary entry path for projects wishing to become an official part of the ASF. New to the Apache Incubator in January: ECharts (Library) and Superset (Big Data). We invite you to review the many projects currently in development in the Apache Incubator http://incubator.apache.org/ .

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