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Friday Apr 22, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 April 2016

Whilst we're ramping up for the ASF's official conference, here's what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 May 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield ongoing marvelous performance at 99.89% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us at Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR http://apachecon.com/ and be sure to catch upcoming event highlights on FeatherCast http://feathercast.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ IO –a Java library of utilities to assist with developing IO functionality.
 - Apache Commons IO 2.5 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-io/upgradeto2_5.html

Apache Fortress™ –a standards-based access management system, written in Java, that provides role-based access control, delegated administration and password policy services with LDAP.
 - Apache Fortress 1.0.0 released http://directory.apache.org/fortress/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.5.1 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.6.1 release http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache POI™ –well-known in the Java field as a library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 3.15-beta1 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html

Apache SINGA (incubating) –a general distributed deep learning platform for training big deep learning models over large datasets.
 - Apache SINGA (incubating) 0.3.0 released http://singa.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.28.1 GA, Apache Struts 2.3.20.3 GA, and Apache Struts 2.3.24.3 GA released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts23281 , http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts23203 , and http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts23243

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.69 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Apache Usergrid is a graph database with a REST API? http://usergrid.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Swiss International Air Lines uses Apache Wicket for its eStore? http://wicket.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache project anniversaries in April include CXF (8 years); Avro, HBase, Mahout, Nutch, Tika, and Traffic Server (6 years); Creadur and Jena (4 years); DeltaSpike (3 years); and ORC and Parquet (1 year)? https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - The SF Bay Area Apache Phoenix MeetUp will hold the first-ever PhoenixCon on 25 May 2016 in San Francisco http://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Apache-Phoenix-Meetup/

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - CloudStack Collaboration Conference Brasil will take place 29-30 September 2016 in Sao Paolo http://cloudstack.usp.br/en/index.php

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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

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Sunday Apr 17, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 April 2016

We've had a pleasantly productive week! Let's take a peek at what happened:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield ongoing great performance at 99.08% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - NEW: event highlights featured on FeatherCast! http://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Register for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

Apache Allura™ –an Open Source implementation of a software forge, a Web site that manages source code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, blogs, and more for any number of individual projects.
 - Apache Allura 1.4.0 released http://allura.apache.org/

Apache Ant™ –a Java library and command-line tool that helps building software.
 - Apache Ant 1.9.7 released http://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi

Apache Attic –provides process and solutions to make it clear when an Apache project has reached its end of life.
 - Apache Wookie retired http://attic.apache.org/projects/wookie.html

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.16.3 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 1.2.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/hbase/1.2.1/

Apache Kudu (incubating) –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu 0.8.0 released http://getkudu.io/releases/0.8.0/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 6.0.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html

Apache Mahout™ –creates an environment for quickly creating machine learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance parallel computation engines available.
 - Apache Mahout 0.12.0 released http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.11.2/

Apache MyFaces™ Core –a JavaServer™ Faces 2.2 implementation as specified by JSR-344.
 - Apache MyFaces Core v2.2.10 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache Qpid™ JMS –newer AMQP 1.0 JMS client, based around the Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.9.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 6.0.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 1.0 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Yetus™ –a collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects.
 - Apache Yetus 0.2.1 released https://yetus.apache.org/downloads/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that in analyzing 70M comments on The Guardian, Apache Spark was used to query very large amounts of data from multiple sources? http://spark.apache.org/

 - Did you know that CERN uses Apache Hadoop and Apache Impala (incubating) for distributed Big Data management? http://hadoop.apache.org/ and http://impala.incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Tomcat has a new YouTube channel that features v8.5, v9, TLS, Connector and more? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpqpJ0-G1lYfUBQ6_36Au_g


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Spark & Hadoop User Group Munich present Spark Kickoff MeetUp on 14 April 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Hadoop-User-Group-Munich/events/228725964/

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal --CFP open! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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

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Friday Apr 01, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 8 April 2016

Apparently with the April Fool's excitement https://s.apache.org/P1Kk last week's News Round-up never made it online to blogs.apache.org! So here's what happened over the past two weeks:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield sunshine-y performance at 99.36% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - ENDS 10 APRIL: Early Registration for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon/YVR. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.15.6 and 2.17.0 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache Commons™ Compress –library for working with zip, ar, jar, bz2, cpio, tar, gz, dump, pack200, lzma, 7z, arj and xz files.
 - Apache Commons Compress 1.11 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-compress/download_compress.cgi

Apache Commons™ Configuration –a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Commons Configuration 2.0 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-configuration/download_configuration.cgi

Apache Fortress™ –a standards based Access Management System for LDAPv3 compliant systems.
 - Apache Fortress 1.0-RC42 released http://directory.apache.org/fortress/downloads.html

Apache Jackrabbit™ – a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.10.2, Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.13, and Jackrabbit Oak 1.5.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lens™ –a Unified Analytics interface.
 - Apache Lens 2.5.0-beta released http://lens.apache.org/releases/download.html

Apache Lucy™ –search engine library provides full-text search for a variety of programming languages.
 - Apache Lucy 0.5.0 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache Lucy™ Clownfish –symbiotic object system pairs with host dynamic language environments and facilitates the development of high performance host language extensions.
 - Apache Clownfish 0.5.0 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache MyFaces™ Core –a JavaServer Faces 2.0 implementation as specified by JSR-314.
 - MyFaces Core v2.1.18 and v2.0.24 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache Mynewt (incubating) –a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 0.8.0-b2-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/incubator/mynewt/apache-mynewt-0.8.0-b2-incubating

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.6.0 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache OFBiz™ –an Open Source product for the automation of enterprise processes that includes framework components and business applications.
 - Apache OFBiz 12.04.06 and 13.07.03 released http://ofbiz.apache.org/download.html

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library that enables developers to implement OData service providers (server) and consumers (clients) for OData V2 and V4.
 - Apache Olingo 4.2.0 released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/odata4/download.html

Apache OpenMeetings™ –provides video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.
 - Apache OpenMeetings 3.1.0 and 3.1.1. released http://openmeetings.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.0-M2 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tajo™ –Big Data warehouse that provides distributed and scalable SQL analytical processing on Apache Hadoop.
 - Apache Tajo 0.11.2 released http://tajo.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.33 and 8.5.0 BETA available http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache UIMA™ uimaFIT –a library that facilitates the building of Apache UIMA components, the programmatic use of Apache UIMA analysis pipelines, and their testing.
 - Apache uimaFIT 2.2.0 released http://uima.apache.org/downloads.cgi#Latest Official Releases

Apache Wave (incubating) –a distributed, near-real-time, rich collaboration platform that allows users to work together in new and exciting ways.
 - Apache Wave Release 0.4.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/wave/0.4.0-incubating/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the metadata from 11.5 million Panama Papers was extracted and searched using Apache Tika and Apache Solr? http://tika.apache.org/ and http://lucene.apache.org/solr/

 - Did you know that Cisco uses Apache Hadoop and Apache Mahout in security intelligence operations? http://hadoop.apache.org/ and http://mahout.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Uber uses Apache Kafka, Apache Parquet and Apache Spark to optimize customer experience? http://kafka.apache.org/ http://parquet.apache.org/ and http://spark.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Spark & Hadoop User Group Munich present Spark Kickoff MeetUp on 14 April 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Hadoop-User-Group-Munich/events/228725964/

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The In-Memory Computing Summit will take place 23-24 May 2016 in San Franciscso http://imcsummit.org

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May 2016 in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The next CloudStack Collaboration Conference will take place 1-3 June 2016 in Montreal --CFP open! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/apache-cloudstacktm-conference-montreal-2016-tickets-23815552960

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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

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Announcing creation of the Hadoop Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the creation of the independent Hadoop Software Foundation (HSF), the new governing body for big data's biggest software program, Apache® Hadoop®.

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The Apache Software Foundation welcomes Apache Apache

The Apache Software Foundation is very proud to announce that all of the navigational, combat, and avionics software of the Apache AH64 Attack Helicopter is being open sourced by Boeing, Inc, and will be entering the Apache Incubator as Apache Apache.[Read More]

Friday Mar 25, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 25 March 2016

Today is the 17th Anniversary of The Apache Software Foundation! Thank you to the dedicated developers, loyal users, tireless contributors, and countless enthusiasts behind Apache's diverse products, brand, and community. ASF Chairman Brett Porter and I have highlighted 17 ways Apache has grown from strength to strength https://s.apache.org/eqwI

Join us in wishing the ASF many happy returns! And, of course, below is a summary of our accomplishments over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Membership –from the inaugural membership of 21 individuals, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents.
 - New Member voting complete; new Members will be announced within 30 days https://wiki.apache.org/general/MemberVoting
 - New Board elected: welcome newcomers Isabel Drost-Fromm, Marvin Humphrey, and Mark Thomas, who join re-elected Board members Shane Curcuru, Bertrand Delacretaz, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, and Greg Stein. Special thanks to outgoing Board members Rich Bowen, David Nalley, and Sam Ruby for their invaluable service! http://apache.org/foundation/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Now 7M+ weekly checks yield precision-level performance at 99.99% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Keynotes + Program announced for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon. Join us! http://apachecon.com/

Apache Calcite™ –dynamic data management framework.
 - Apache Calcite 1.7.0 and Avatica 1.7.1 released http://calcite.apache.org/news/2016/03/22/release-1.7.0/ and http://calcite.apache.org/avatica/downloads/

Apache Commons™ Math –a library of lightweight, self-contained mathematics and statistics components addressing the most common problems not available in the Java programming language or Commons Lang.
 - Apache Commons Math 3.6.1 Released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-math/download_math.cgi

Apache Kylin™ –Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data distributed analytics engine.
 - Apache Kylin 1.5.0 released https://kylin.apache.org/download/

Apache PDFBox™ –Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - The Apache® Software Foundation announces Apache PDFBox™ v2.0 https://s.apache.org/Ly9B

Apache Qpid™ Proton –an AMQP 1.0 messaging library that can be used in a wide range of messaging applications including brokers, clients, routers, bridges, proxies, and more.
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.12.1 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.28 GA released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts2328

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF has been accepted as a 2016 Google Summer of Code Mentoring Organization since the program began in 2005? Students and Mentors welcome! http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html

 - Did you know that the Apache Commons community has accepted Chimera as new Apache Commons component? http://markmail.org/message/4qf3qtkwdqcre7tj

 - Did you know that you can preview the new Apache Syncope v2.0 dashboard? http://syncope.tirasa.net/news/apache-syncope-2.0.0-dashboard.html


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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

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Celebrating 17 Years of The Apache Software Foundation

17 years ago today, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) incorporated with the mission of producing software for the public good.

The Foundation's commitment to fostering a collaborative approach to development has long served as a model for producing consistently high quality software and helping advance the future of open development. The ASF's collaborative leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process serve as best practices widely embraced by organizations and individuals alike.

Our success is testament to all of the developers, users, contributors, and enthusiasts behind Apache's products, brand, and community. We are proud to celebrate the innovations that continue to make it all possible and have highlighted 17 ways Apache has grown from strength to strength. Here's to the next 17 years!

–Brett Porter, ASF Chairman, and Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity

  1. "A Patchy" Server?

    Did you know that the name "Apache" was chosen from respect for the various Native American nations collectively referred to as Apache, well-known for their superior skills in warfare strategy and their inexhaustible endurance? It also makes a cute pun on "a patchy Web server" –a server made from a series of patches– but this was not its origin. The group of developers who released this new server software soon started to call themselves the "Apache Group". 21 years after its inception, the Apache HTTP Web Server remains the most popular Web server on the planet.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/faq.html#name
    http://httpd.apache.org/ABOUT_APACHE.html

  2. Birth of a Foundation

    Did you know that the ASF incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation in order to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers? Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to collaborative open-source software development, through sustained participation and contributions within the Foundation's projects, are eligible for membership in the ASF. The ASF is governed by the community it most directly serves –the people collaborating within its projects. Today the ASF develops, stewards, and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives; through its leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process known as the "Apache Way", the ASF has been hailed as one of the most successful influencers in Open Source.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/
    http://apache.org/foundation/records/certificate.html

  3. The Apache Feather

    Did you know that the original Apache feather logo and first Website were developed by ASF co-founder Randy Terbush in his bedroom office in Lincoln, Nebraska? This was at the same time that Randy registered the apache.org domain (11 April 1995). He states: "As a group, having chosen the 'Apache' name, out of a genuine respect for Native American resourcefulness and in particular, Apache tribal structure … the feather being a sacred symbol to man tribes seemed like a natural fit. The colors represented to me this 'awakening' that we were experiencing with the advent of the WWW." In 2016 the ASF logo and feather were updated for the first time in history, while remaining true to the original ideal.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/press/kit/

  4. Expansive Growth

    Did you know that the ASF has scaled 35,000% over 16 years with very limited resources? Beginning with an inaugural membership of 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server, the ASF has grown to 588 individual Members and 5,427 Committers collaborating across six continents. All development is done on a volunteer basis –some Committers may be paid by their employers for their time and code contributions, but the ASF does not pay for software or project oversight.

    Learn more at http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html

  5. Committers + Members

    Did you know that the meritocratic "Contributor-Committer-Member" approach is the central governing process across the Apache ecosystem? Additions to the core Apache Group of 21 individuals grew with developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation. Some of these contributors were subsequently granted "Committer" status by the Membership, providing access to: 1) commit (write) directly to the code repository, 2) vote on community-related decisions, and 3) propose an active user for Committership. Those Committers that demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members.

    Learn more at http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
    http://apache.org/foundation/governance/orgchart
    http://apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html#roles
    http://people.apache.org/phonebook.html

  6. 300+ Projects and Counting

    Did you know that 171 committees oversee 286 Apache projects, in addition to dozens of sub-projects and initiatives? Since its inception, the ASF has long been recognized as a leading source for Open Source network-server, network-client, and library tools that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. From Abdera to Zookeeper, the demand for ASF's reliable, enterprise-grade software continues to grow dramatically across several categories, most notably Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace. In 2015, Apache products were featured more than 400 times in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports.

    Learn more at https://projects.apache.org/

  7. "If it didn't happen on-list, it didn't happen."

    Did you know that all official communications at the ASF is done via mailing lists? These "virtual meeting rooms" where conversations happen asynchronously, is a general requirement for groups that are so geographically distributed to cover all time zones (as is the case for nearly all Apache communities). Building upon the transparency-oriented culture of the Apache Group, whose collaboration took place on email lists, millions of messages are archived on 1,475 Apache publicly-accessible mailing lists, documenting the ASF's achievements over the past decade.

    Learn more at http://www.apache.org/dev/contributors.html
    http://status.apache.org/#commits
    http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
    http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/

  8. Project Oversight

    Did you know that all Apache projects are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors? The ASF does not lead the technical direction of Apache projects: Project Management Committees (PMCs) guide a Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. The ASF Board appoints a Vice President (an officer of the corporation) to serve as the Chair of the PMC. The primary role of a PMC Chair is administrative, including providing quarterly reports to the board about the health and status of their project; a Chair's participation carries no additional weight or influence on a project, with one vote on project matters just like other PMC members.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/
    http://www.apache.org/foundation/governance/pmcs.html
    http://s.apache.org/RYD

  9. Incubating New Innovations

    Did you know that projects and communities intending to become fully-fledged Apache projects do so through the Apache Incubator? This includes code donations from external organizations as well as established projects such as Groovy, which became an Apache Top-Level Project in November 2015. There are 54 projects (known as "podlings") currently undergoing development in the Apache Incubator and 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs innovation "sandbox" for testing technical concepts. An exception is Apache Zest, which has the unique designation as the first project to enter the ASF as a pTLP –provisional Top-Level Project– without entering the Apache Incubator. As part of its eligibility, Apache Zest had to meet the rigorous requirements of the Apache Maturity Model, which addresses the integrity of a project's code, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, and independence, among other qualities (Apache Zest became an official ASF Top-Level Project in March 2015).

    Learn more at http://incubator.apache.org/
    http://labs.apache.org/
    http://s.apache.org/O4p

  10. Level Playing Field

    Did you know that Apache projects must be governed independently of commercial influence? As a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organization, the ASF and all Apache projects do not take sides, or endorse or support any particular vendor over other vendors. In addition, with the belief that competition is a good thing, the ASF does not discourage the development of "competing" products. The ASF's vendor-neutral collaborative environment enables third parties to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model.

    Learn more at http://community.apache.org/projectIndependence.html

  11. Global Footprint

    Did you know the majority of the world's top-ranked Websites, from Google to Wikipedia to weibo.com, are powered by Apache? Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide, and can be found in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones. Mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, Big Data, Cloud computing, mobile, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, development frameworks, foundational libraries, and many other categories, depend on Apache software. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License and open development model are widely recognized as among the best ways to ensure open standards gain traction and adoption. To date, hundreds of thousands of software solutions have been distributed under the Apache License, with Web requests from within every UN-recognized nation.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/licenses/

  12. Meritocracy in Action

    Did you know that the ASF averages 16,000 code commits each month? The ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code by countless contributors across the Open Source landscape. Apache Committers have the responsibility to the collective community to help create a product that will outlive the interest of any particular volunteer, and that the code committed should be clear enough that others not involved in its current development will be able to maintain and extend it. Additionally, Apache code Committers are responsible for helping to grow and maintain the health of the Apache community.

    Learn more at https://projects.apache.org/releases.html
    http://www.apache.org/dev/committers.html

  13. Events and Face-to-Face Activities

    Did you know that one of the best ways to learn about the technologies and projects at the ASF is to meet us in person? ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference series, brings developers and users together to explore key issues in building Open Source solutions "The Apache Way". The ASF believes in providing participants at all levels the chance to learn first-hand from the developers and experts behind our projects, software, and community, and offers travel assistance to select qualified candidates who would otherwise be unable to attend various ApacheCon events. In addition to ApacheCon, the Apache community at-large holds numerous events, including BarCamps, Hackathons, MeetUps, key signings, and more, in North America, Europe, and Asia. The next ApacheCon, along with Apache: Big Data, will take place 9-13 May 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Join us!

    Learn more at http://apachecon.com/
    http://apache.org/foundation/conferences.html
    http://apache.org/events/meetups.html
    http://www.apache.org/travel/

  14. Community Over Code

    Did you know that the ASF's Community Development (ComDev) team helps newcomers learn about Apache projects, governance, and activities, and guides them in becoming part of the meritocratic, all-volunteer Apache community? "Community Over Code" is the cornerstone of the Foundation's core tenets, underscoring open collaboration amongst the ASF's 500+ Members and 5,000+ Committers through respectful, honest, technically-focused interaction. A key Apache community outreach channel is the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), where the ASF has served as a mentoring organization since the program's creation in 2005. Each year, the ASF mentors 30-45 GSoC students, providing exposure to real-world software and community development "The Apache Way". Countless GSoC students mentored by the Apache community continue to be long-term code committers on a variety of Apache projects, with some active program participants elected as Members of the ASF.

    Learn more at http://community.apache.org/
    http://s.apache.org/AQJ

  15. Help Wanted

    Did you know that the newly-launched "Help Wanted" application can help match volunteers with various Apache projects and activities that are seeking assistance? Whilst this project is just getting started, the intent is to both improve the retention of eager new volunteers, as well as find ways to get some long-outstanding projects completed. Watch this space as we build the list: we look forward to your participation!

    Learn more at http://helpwanted.apache.org/
    http://www.apache.org/dev/contributors.html

  16. Infrastructure

    Did you know that each day millions of people across the globe access the ASF's two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts? The ASF's 3 continent-distributed Infrastructure team (comprising 10 rotating volunteers and 5 paid staff) keep Apache services running running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project. As the ASF is a purely virtual organization, it does not have offices or buildings; its only physical existence is the technical infrastructure that enables it to operate.

    Learn more at http://status.apache.org/
    http://www.apache.org/dev/infrastructure.html
    http://www.apache.org/dev/

  17. Corporate Roles + Sponsorship

    Did you know that as a United States private, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals? Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services. In addition to accepting donations via Bitcoin, PayPal, Amazon, and used car program, ASF Sponsorship raises critical funds that helps offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, brand management and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff. The ASF does not permit corporations to participate directly in Apache project management or related governance activities. As the ASF is vendor neutral, participation is limited to individuals, irrespective of affiliation or employment status.

    Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
    http://www.apache.org/foundation/contributing.html
    http://s.apache.org/oLh
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Monday Mar 21, 2016

The Apache® Software Foundation announces Apache PDFBox™ v2.0

Milestone release of Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents features dozens of improvements and enhancements

Forest Hill, MD —21 March 2016— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache® PDFBox™ v2.0, the Open Source Java tool for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.

PDF was first released by Adobe Systems in 1993, and became an ISO International Standard - ISO 32000-1 in 2008. Apache PDFBox allows for the creation of new PDF documents, manipulation, rendering, signing of existing documents and the ability to extract content from documents. In addition, PDFBox includes several command line utilities. In February 2015, the project became the first Open Source Partner Organization of the PDF Association.

"PDF is a very popular and easy to use format for document exchange. It is used by millions of people every day, however the format itself is quite complicated and a real challenge to write a piece of software to work with it," said Andreas Lehmkühler, Vice President of Apache PDFBox. "This new major release of PDFBox includes a lot of improvements, fixes and new features which should make the life easier for our users."

Under The Hood
The Apache PDFBox library enables users to create new PDF documents, manipulate existing documents, extract content, digitally sign, print, and validate files against the PDF/A-1b standard. Its command line utilities include encrypt, decrypt, overlay, debugger, merger, PDFToImage, and TextToPDF.

PDFBox v2.0 reflects 1,167 solved issues, 418 of which were back-ported to v1.8, as well as dozens of improvements and enhancements. Highlights include:
  • improved rendering and text extraction
  • Unicode support for PDF creation
  • overhauled interactive forms support
  • extended signing and encryption support
  • overhauled parser including a self-healing mechanism for malformed or corrupted PDFs
  • reduced memory/resources footprint including fine grained control of memory usage
  • enhanced preflight module for PDF/A-1b conformance checking
  • rearranged package structure to allow smaller runtime environments

A guide to migrating to v2.0 is available at http://pdfbox.apache.org/2.0/migration.html , with community support at http://pdfbox.apache.org/mailinglists.html

"We thank all the people from our small but fine community for their support," explained Lehmkühler. "Special thanks also goes to our fellow colleagues from the Apache Tika project for their cooperation in stress-testing with a corpus of 250,000 PDF files."

"We are grateful for the Google Summer of Code program," said PDFBox committer Tilman Hausherr. "The project allowed us to hire students to improve 3D rendering and the PDFDebugger stand-alone application, which also sped up our own bug finding." 

"Apache PDFBox v2.0 is a significant milestone as it took us several years to complete," added Lehmkühler. "This long-awaited release is the collective achievement of more than 150 individuals who have contributed code to date. Without their frequent contributions it wouldn't be possible to drive a project like PDFBox."

Availability and Oversight
Apache PDFBox 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 PDFBox, visit http://pdfbox.apache.org/ 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members and 5,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Apache PDFBox", "PDFBox", "ApacheCon", and their logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Friday Mar 18, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 18 March 2016

With 5,423 committers innovating, developing, and maintaining nearly 350 projects and intiatives, the collective Apache community is continually productive. Let's take a look at this past week's achievements:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 April 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Membership –from the inaugural membership of 21 individuals, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents.
 - Next Members' Meeting: 22 March 2016. Official business + New Member voting http://www.apache.org/foundation/members.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Now 7M+ weekly checks yield precision-level performance at 99.99% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Keynotes + Program announced for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon; early registration ends soon http://apachecon.com/

Apache Hama™ –a pure BSP (Bulk Synchronous Parallel) computing framework on top of HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) for massive scientific computations such as matrix, graph and network algorithms.
 - Apache Hama 0.7.1 released http://www.apache.org/dist/hama/

Apache Kylin™ –Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data distributed analytics engine.
 - Apache Kylin 1.3.0 released https://kylin.apache.org/download/

Apache Mahout™ –an environment for quickly creating machine learning applications that scale and run on the highest performance parallel computation engines available.
 - Apache Mahout 0.11.2 released http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.11.2/

Apache Taverna (incubating) – a domain-independent suite of tools used to design and execute data-driven workflows.
 - Apache Taverna Language 0.15.1-incubating and Apache Taverna OSGi 0.2.1-incubating https://taverna.incubator.apache.org/download/language/

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.0.M4 available http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF has been accepted as a 2016 Google Summer of Code Mentoring Organization? Both Students and Mentors wanted http://markmail.org/message/ddx3c3of4h45px3q

 - Did you know that you can help Apache JMeter v3.0 with nightly build testing and reporting any issues? https://builds.apache.org/job/JMeter-trunk/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/trunk/dist/

 - Did you know that Apache Struts v2.3.25 is ready for testing? Every little helps! http://markmail.org/thread/6w52fajtccj5d2h7


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - CFP is open for the next Cassandra Summit 7-9 September 2016 in San Jose https://cfp.cassandrasummit.org/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Mar 11, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 11 March 2016

We've had a great week! Here's what happened:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 March 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Membership –from the inaugural membership of 21 individuals, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents.
 - Next Members' Meeting: 22 March 2016. Official business + New Member voting http://www.apache.org/foundation/members.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - Now 7M+ weekly checks yield precision-level performance at 99.99% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Keynotes + Program announced for Apache:Big Data and ApacheCon; early registration ends soon http://apachecon.com/

Apache Apex (incubating) Malhar –an enterprise grade native YARN big data-in-motion platform that unifies stream processing and batch processing.
 - Apache Apex Malhar Release 3.3.1-incubating released http://apex.incubator.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Flink™ –advanced Big Data distributed stream processing framework.
 - The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Flink v1.0 https://s.apache.org/1y8d

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.12 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kudu (incubating) –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu (incubating) 0.7.1 released http://getkudu.io/releases/0.7.1/

Apache Mynewt (incubating) –a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 0.8.0-b1-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/incubator/mynewt/apache-mynewt-0.8.0-b1-incubating

Apache Phoenix™ –enables OLTP and operational analytics for Hadoop through SQL support and integration with other projects in the ecosystem such as Spark, HBase, Pig, Flume, and MapReduce.
 - Apache Phoenix 4.7 released https://phoenix.apache.org/download.html

Apache POI™ –a library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 3.14 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Yetus™ –a collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects.
 - Apache Yetus 0.2.0 released https://yetus.apache.org/downloads/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF has been accepted as a 2016 Google Summer of Code Mentoring Organization? Mentors wanted :-) https://s.apache.org/jzA7

 - Did you know that eBay's fraud detection and prevention system is built on top of Apache Kafka and Samza? http://kafka.apache.org/ and http://samza.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the ASF is participating in the 2016 Future of Open Source Survey? Your opinion matters! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2016FoOSApacheFoundation


Apache Community Notices:

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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

 - Washington DC Area Apache Spark Interactive will be hosting Apache Spark Proof of Technology by IBM on 15 March 2016 in McLean http://www.meetup.com/Washington-DC-Area-Spark-Interactive/events/229094350/

 - Docker Guadalajara will hold Clustering con Docker featuring Apache Mesos on 17 March 2016 http://www.meetup.com/Docker-Guadalajara/events/229257781/

 - Cassandra Day will be held in Atlanta on 17 March 2016 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cassandra-day-atlanta-tickets-20902673459

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver --CFP open through 9 March http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Tuesday Mar 08, 2016

The Apache® Software Foundation announces Apache Flink™ v1.0

Advanced distributed stream processing framework performs 50x faster than other real-time computation systems

Forest Hill, MD —8 March 2016— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache® Flink™ v1.0, the advanced Open Source distributed real-time stream processing system.

Apache Flink is an easy to use, yet sophisticated Open Source stream processor, with recent test results clocking in at least 50x faster than other distributed real-time computation systems.

"Releasing Flink 1.0 is the most important milestone in the project since graduation to a top-level Apache project one year ago," said Stephan Ewen, Vice President of Apache Flink and co-founder/CTO of data Artisans. "This is a collective achievement of more than 150 individuals that have contributed code to date."

Under The Hood
Flink uniquely supports a combination of features that include flexible windowing on event time, out-of-order stream handling, high availability, and exactly-once guarantees, together with high event throughput and low processing latency.

V.1.0 furthers Apache Flink's maturity, making it significantly easier to program, deploy, and maintain Flink pipelines at scale by:
  • initiating backwards compatibility of public APIs against all 1.x.y versions;
  • introducing functionality for complex event processing (CEP);
  • supporting large state beyond memory limits;
  • supporting state versioning and savepoints; and 
  • improving the system's monitoring functionality

"Flink v1.0 is indeed a testament to the maturity of the platform, which now enjoys production use at Fortune Global 500, as well as leading tech companies," said Kostas Tzoumas, member of the Apache Flink Project Management Committee, and co-founder/CEO of data Artisans.

"Google congratulates the Apache Flink community for this achievement," said William Vambenepe, Lead Product Manager for Big Data on Google Cloud Platform. "Flink is unlocking the richness of stream processing at scale, and delivering on the promise of the Dataflow Programming Model for all users, anywhere. We look forward to continuing to work with the Flink community, including further unification of APIs as part of Apache Beam (incubating)."

"At King.com we are using Flink to process more than 30 billion events daily, leveraging Flink's stateful streaming abstractions," said Christofer Waldenström, Team Lead for Streaming Platform at King.com. "We find that Flink provides a convenient way to interact with real-time data for complex streaming use-cases involving large state beyond memory."

"Apache Flink proved to be a valuable framework in our day-to-day business. It helps us to process log events, aggregate tracking information, apply filters and decide upon message routing," said Christian Kreutzfeldt, Senior Solution Developer & Architect at Otto Group BI. "We are still excited to see how fast new applications can be implemented and deployed. Even complex requirements do not constitute a significant challenge. For the upcoming version 1.0 we are looking forward to see a stabilized API and the advanced monitoring features. Especially the back pressure monitoring could become a great tool to understand internal processing behavior much better. Furthermore from an enterprise user perspective we are happy to see that Apache Flink finally reached version 1.0 which typically opens the door to the broader enterprise market."

Flink originated at the Stratosphere research project that started in 2009 by the Technical University of Berlin, along with several other European universities. The project was submitted to the Apache Incubator in April 2014 and became an Apache Top-Level Project in December 2014. 

Today, Flink among the ASF's dynamic Big Data projects, with more than 150 contributors to date, a wealth of production deployments, and commercial support by data Artisans, a company founded by the core team that originally developed Flink.

"The two things that have always struck me about Flink has been the excellence of the code and the excellence of the team," said Ted Dunning, Vice President of the Apache Incubator and Chief Application Architect at MapR. "This pattern is continuing with this release."

Get Involved!
Apache Flink welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and the following events:
  • QCon (London, 7-9 March 2016)
  • Strata/Hadoop World (San Jose, 28-31 March 2016)
  • Hadoop Summit (Dublin, 13-14 April 2016)
  • Kafka Summit (San Francisco, 26 April 2016)
  • Apache: Big Data (Vancouver, 9-12 May 2016)
  • OSCON (Austin, TX, 18-19 May 2016)
  • Strata/Hadoop World (London, 31 May - 3 June 2016)
  • Berlin Buzzwords (Berlin, 5-7 June 2016)
  • Flink Forward (Berlin, 12-14 September 2016)

Availability and Oversight
Apache Flink 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 Flink, visit http://flink.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheFlink

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members and 5,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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Friday Mar 04, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 4 March 2016

Welcome March! Here's a peek at what's happened with the Apache community over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 March 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) https://s.apache.org/9zLj

ASF Membership –from the inaugural membership of 21 individuals, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents.
 - Next Members' Meeting: 22 March 2016. Official business + New Member voting

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 6M+ weekly checks yield glowing performance at 99.89% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Apache:Big Data + ApacheCon North America - Vancouver will take place 9-13 May 2016 http://apachecon.com/ --Early Registration ends 4 March.
 - Keynotes + Program for Apache:Big Data announced; early registration ends soon https://apachebigdata2016.sched.org/

Apache Accumulo™ –a robust, scalable, high performance data storage system (sorted, distributed key/value store) that features cell-based access control and customizable server-side processing.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.7.1 released https://accumulo.apache.org/downloads/

Apache Attic –provides process and solutions to make it clear when an Apache project has reached its end of life.
 - Apache Onami retired https://s.apache.org/KITj
 - Apache Rave retired https://s.apache.org/eP3W

Apache HttpComponents™ Client –a HTTP/1.1 compliant HTTP agent implementation based on HttpCore (a set of low level HTTP transport components that can be used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint).
 - Apache HttpComponents Client 4.5.2 GA released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.12.1 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Apache Kudu (incubating) –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu (incubating) 0.7.0 released http://getkudu.io/releases/0.7.0/

Apache MRQL (incubating) –a query processing and optimization system for large-scale, distributed data analysis, built on top of Apache Hadoop, Hama, Spark, and Flink.
 - Apache MRQL 0.9.6-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/mrql

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.5.1 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that all projects in the Apache Incubator, including those newly accepted, can be found at http://incubator.apache.org/projects/index.html ?

 - Did you know that The Groovy Podcast covers topics pertaining to the Apache Groovy programming language and its ecosystem? http://groovypodcast.podbean.com/

 - Did you know that Apache OFBiz integrates with third party eCommerce/Webshop solutions such as eBay, Google Checkout, and Magento, among others? http://ofbiz.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver --CFP open through 9 March http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - Berlin Buzzwords is back 5-7 June 2016 http://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) is availbable at https://s.apache.org/9zLj

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Friday Feb 26, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 26 February 2016

We're wrapping up February with the following activities from within the Apache community:

ASF Operations –the day-to-day heartbeat of the Foundation, from accounting and administration to infrastructure and brand mangement and beyond.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015 - January 2016) https://s.apache.org/9zLj

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 March 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Membership –from the inaugural membership of 21 individuals, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents.
 - Next Members' Meeting: 22 March 2016. Official business, New Member voting will take place (candidates are Apache Committers who demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress).

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 6M+ weekly checks yields splendid performance at 99.63% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Apache:Big Data + ApacheCon North America - Vancouver will take place 9-13 May 2016 http://apachecon.com/ --Early Registration ends 4 March.
 - How Apache Travel Assistance helped me get to ApacheCon http://www.apache.org/travel/stories/
 - Travel Assistance applications close 2 March http://www.apache.org/travel/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-facet programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.6 released http://www.groovy-lang.org/download.html

Apache HBase™ –the Hadoop database: a distributed, scalable, versioned, non-relational Big Data store.
 - Apache HBase 1.2.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/hbase/1.2.0/

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.3.16 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache JSPWiki™ –a feature-rich and extensible WikiWiki engine built around the standard JEE components (Java, servlets, JSP).
 - Apache JSPWiki 2.10.2 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/jspwiki/

Apache Kafka™ –Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data distributed analytics engine.
 - Apache Kafka 0.9.0.1 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi?path=/kafka/0.9.0.1/kafka-0.9.0.1-src.tgz

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 5.5.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html

Apache Qpid™ JMS –our newer AMQP 1.0 JMS client, based around the Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.8.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 5.5.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - CVE Security updates http://tomcat.apache.org/security


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that 56 years of effort (COCOMO model) from 220 contributors has gone into Apache LibCloud? http://libcloud.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Capital One uses Apache Apex (incubating) for Big Data analytics? http://apex.incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Allianz, Carrefour, Orange, SAP, and Walmart use Apache Wicket Java Web framework? https://wicket.apache.org


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The next CloudStack European User Group will be held 3 March 2016 in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-19726408218

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco --CFP and Early Bird Registration now open http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver --CFP open through 9 March http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The ASF Operations Summary: Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (August-October 2015) is available at http://s.apache.org/M0R

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend--all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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Thursday Feb 25, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: November 2015 - January 2016

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (November 2015-January 2016)

"We've been really impressed with the support and mentoring Apache Brooklyn received throughout the incubation process resulting in its successful graduation late last year. We have also enjoyed participating at ApacheCon, in both North America and Europe, and are delighted to sponsor the ASF for another year. Looking ahead we are keen to donate Clocker (an Open Source project that leverages Apache Brooklyn) to the Foundation, as this feels like the right home for it too." --Duncan Johnston-Watt, CEO, Cloudsoft Corporation


> President's Statement: 
A new year and a new look. Have you seen our new logo? We are very proud of it. Whilst staying true to our original feather we feel the new look represents the energy and dynamism of our foundation. Standing upright and proud of both its past and its future the new feather is a recognition of the excellent work done by our volunteers and is a symbol of the ongoing innovation found in our project communities as they continue to grow in both numbers and geographic diversity.

I'm thrilled that this quarter has seen our first two projects arriving at the Foundation from China, hot on the heels of our Apache Roadshow (organized by KAIYUANSHE, http://www.kaiyuanshe.cn/). During my ApacheCon "State of the Feather" in April 2015 I called for our communities to think hard about how we might benefit from a broader cultural and geographic engagement. Seeing these major Chinese contributions arriving at Apache within a year of that event is testament to the vitality and breadth of our communities (video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UkQBOvVhfw).

There were 5 new Top Level Projects in this quarter:

  • Apache Kylin
  • Apache Groovy
  • Apache Brooklyn
  • Apache Reef
  • Apache Arrow

For the first time we had an official presence at FOSDEM in Belgium this year. This was a great success with a further broadening of our cultural awareness beyond our own borders. We look forward to returning next year, but first we have our own North America Conference in Vancouver, Canada, 9-13 May. It's now too late to submit a talk, but it's not too late to submit an application for our Travel Assistance fund if you qualify for support, see http://www.apache.org/travel/. The Travel Assistance committee was reformed in September 2008 with the goal of providing financial assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to attend various ApacheCon events.


Events and Community: In October we held ApacheCon in Budapest for the second year in a row. We had 432 people in attendance for the Big Data portion of the event, and 200 in attendance for ApacheCon Core. There were, we believe, many factors contributing to this poor turnout, including the volatile political situation in Hungary at the time.

In May we will hold ApacheCon North America in Vancouver, Canada. The Call for Papers closed on 12 February, and we had 358 papers submitted. We are currently in the process of reviewing these submissions, and expect to announce the schedule for the event on March 3rd. Sponsorship opportunities are still open for this event.

In January, we had our first presence at FOSDEM. While OpenOffice has been present at FOSDEM for many years, this is the first time The Apache Software Foundation has been present. The table was staffed by a number of volunteers, and we used this opportunity to showcase the new feather logo, as well as to talk to many hundreds of people about the ASF. FOSDEM is an annual event drawing 5,000-7,000 people, and is held in Brussels, Belgium.

We are trying to engage more volunteers at the ASF, and to that end have launched a 'Help Wanted' application at http://helpwanted.apache.org/ where volunteers can be matched with beginner-level projects. We hope that this will both improve our retention of these eager new volunteers, as well as find ways to get some long-outstanding projects completed.

The Community Development mailing list continues to increase in traffic year to year, and we are trying to do a better job of ensuring that new arrivals are quickly paired with projects, so that they can become part of our mission.


> Committers:
 One of the key roles of the ASF Secretary's office is to ensure that new committers have their paperwork processed quickly so that they can get on with writing great code within our projects. During the initial stages of contribution there is no need for any paperwork, however, once an individual is granted write access to our repositories they must submit an Individual Contributor License Agreement. This is a good measure of the growth of our foundation in terms of the number of active committers we have.

Thanks to new tooling in the Whimsy project, a number of discrepancies (~100) were found in the contributor license records of the Foundation, which have been addressed. The tool has been useful to help ameliorate the problem.

In this quarter the Secretary processed 261 ICLAs. That's an increase of 24 over last quarter, and 261 more people with direct write access to one or more of our projects. These individuals join the thousands of existing committers who accept and process contributions from even more thousands of contributing individuals. The activity of these committers, and the community of contributors they serve can be seen at http://status.apache.org/#commits


> Brand Management: 
Our Foundation-wide educational and policy improvement work continues to pay off, as more Apache projects are getting organized about maintaining and promoting their brands in a more organized fashion. There is still a wide variety of experience and attention about proper branding and policing across our diverse volunteer communities, several projects are working on their own detailed how-to guides for companies that want to *properly* use valuable Apache brands as part of their products or Web presences.

Our detailed list of resources, both Apache policies as well as pointers to other valuable open source branding guidelines and information is improving our ability to respond, as seen by the more detailed questions we get from third parties, as well as by the ability of some projects to handle brand enforcement more independently. http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/resources

While open source and the project communities are well understood in industry these days, open source *governance* and brand management are becoming more important topics.  The ASF is often seen as a leader in governance and brand policing, both due to our strong history of independent governance as well as from our wide variety of popular projects spanning all software technologies. 

We will continue to provide more education and guidance for our projects, as well as improving and smoothing relations with vendors using our brands to ensure that our volunteer project communities always get the credit they deserve for building Apache software.

On the registration front, our projects are really beginning to respond, and many more projects are requesting both US registrations, as well as a variety of international registrations; including in one case a request to register a particularly detailed project logo.  We continue to exercise financial care with our budget by working with the relevant project communities to detail why registration is important for them to attract new project contributors around the world.

With the rise of both prominent Apache brands as well as a number of other major movements showcasing how important vendor neutral Open Source project branding can be, we also welcome feedback from the many organizations that both use Apache software to power their business, as well as extend our thanks to those who contribute code to our projects.

You can always ask the Brand Management team private questions at trademarks@apache.org


> Infrastructure:
 The infrastructure team continues where it left off last quarter focusing on its current priorities of automation, reducing technical debt, service resilience and monitoring of our machines and services.

Several aging physical machines were retired along with VMs being moved off self-hosted VMWare hosts and into our growing range of cloud hosting providers - making great use of new ASF Sponsor LeaseWeb services, among others.

Apart from the usual abuses of some of our public services, such as excessive downloading from our dist, svn or git , plus the odd attempt at our Moin Wiki, nothing really serious to note that wasn't dealt with via our Fail2ban or Blocky service.

In terms of statistics for the quarter we have:

  • 99.98% up-time for critical services 
  • 99.97% for core services 
  • 99.89% for standard services 
  • 99.95% average across all services 

All our SLA targets were therefore met or exceeded.

In this quarter 448 Jira tickets were resolved against 451 created.

Work is underway to migrate our Buildbot  and Jenkins slaves into our puppet environment making for a more comparable set of nodes to build against.

More progress was made with regards to our Github Integration services and more LDAP servers being brought into production.

A complete view of the status of our infrastructure, with up-time graphs, can always be viewed at http://status.apache.org/


> Financial Statement:



> Fundraising:
 This third quarter was another busy one for fundraising. We say it often, and will repeat again that the ASF is where it is because of the continued support of our Sponsors.

The VPs of Fundraising carried on with the outreach activities. We had open conversations with current and potential sponsors at a few events, including ApacheCon Europe. We see growing interest and adoption of Apache technologies. Not only ApacheCon has now two big events, ApacheCon Core and Apache: Big Data, as already mentioned in this report, but we see a constant flow of projects joining the Incubator and interest from new ASF Sponsors to help our efforts and operations (mostly infrastructure) costs.

This quarter welcomed four new Sponsors: LeaseWeb at the Platinum level, ARM at the Gold level, and Alibaba Cloud Computing and Confluent at the Silver level. We are very happy and thankful to see interest across different geographies, including China (Alibaba), and size of organizations.

This makes Fundraising another area that reflects our core values of fostering diversity.

Currently we are enjoying the support of the following sponsors:

  • 7 Platinum Sponsors: Cloudera, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Pivotal, and Yahoo
  • 7 Gold Sponsors: ARM, Bloomberg, Comcast, Hewlett Packard, Hortonworks, IBM, and PhoenixNAP
  • 12 Silver Sponsors: Alibaba Cloud Computing, Budget Direct, Cerner, Confluent, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat Software, Serenata Flowers, and WanDisco
  • 7 Bronze Sponsors: Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend, and Twitter
  • 11 Infrastructure Sponsors: OSU Open Source Labs, No-IP, Symantec, Rackspace, Ping My Box, PagerDuty, Bintray, SURFnet, Sonatype, Freie Universitat Berlin, and HotWax Systems

We again want to express our deepest gratitude to our generous Sponsors for helping us deliver on our mission of being one of the most relevant and reputable organizations that provide Open Source software for the public good. 

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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions by ASF President Ross Gardler; Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President; Shane Curcuru, Vice President Brand Management; Chris Mattmann, ASF Treasurer, and Tom Pappas, Vice President, Finance & Accounting at Virtual, Inc.; Hadrian Zbarcea, co-Vice President of Fundraising; and Melissa Warnkin, Executive Assistant.

For more information, subscribe to the announce@apache.org mailing list and visit http://www.apache.org/, the ASF Blog at http://blogs.apache.org/, and the @TheASF on Twitter.

(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2016.


Friday Feb 19, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 19 February 2016

We've had quite a productive week! Here's what happened within the Apache community:

ASF Board –the ASF Board is responsible for management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's Bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 March 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 6M+ weekly checks yields ongoing "three nines" performance at 99.92% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Apache:Big Data + ApacheCon North America - Vancouver will take place 9-13 May 2016 http://apachecon.com/ --Early Registration ends 4 March.
 - How Apache Travel Assistance helped me get to ApacheCon http://www.apache.org/travel/stories/
 - Travel Assistance applications close 2 March http://www.apache.org/travel/

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

Apache Arrow™ –Open Source Big Data in-memory columnar layer.
 - The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Apache Arrow™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/5Mc8

Apache Bigtop™ –a project for the development of packaging and tests of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
 - Apache Bigtop 1.1.0 release http://www.apache.org/dist/bigtop/bigtop-1.1.0/repos/

Apache Curator™ –keeper/custodian of Apache Zookeeper.
 - Apache Curator 2.10.0 and 3.1.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/curator/

Apache Hive™ –data warehouse software built atop Apache Hadoop facilitates querying and managing large datasets residing in distributed storage.
 - Apache Hive 2.0.0 released https://hive.apache.org/downloads.html
 - CVE-2015-7521: Apache Hive authorization bug disclosure (update) http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201602.mbox/%3C20160218012659.A394618DA6%40minotaur.apache.org%3E

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.11 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache MINA™ –a network application framework which helps users develop high performance and high scalability network applications easily by providing an abstract, event-driven, asynchronous API over various transports such as TCP/IP and UDP/IP vis Java NIO.
 - Apache MINA 2.0.13 released http://mina.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.5.0 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Qpid™ Proton –an AMQP 1.0 messaging library.
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.12.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache SystemML (incubating) –provides declarative large-scale machine learning (ML) that aims at flexible specification of ML algorithms and automatic generation of hybrid runtime plans ranging from single-node, in-memory computations, to distributed computations on Apache Hadoop MapReduce and Apache Spark.
 - Apache SystemML 0.9.0-incubating released http://systemml.apache.org/

Apache Tika™ –a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser libraries.
 - Apache Tika 1.12 released http://tika.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –a Web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 6.0.45 and 7.0.68 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi and http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi

Apache UIMA™ Ruta (Rule-based Text Annotation) –a rule-based script language supported by Eclipse-based tooling.
 - Apache UIMA Ruta 2.4.0 released http://uima.apache.org/ruta.html

Apache Wicket™ –an Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework.
 - Wicket 6.22.0 and 7.2.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/wicket/6.22.0 and http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/wicket/7.2.0


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Apache Community Development Help Wanted site allows interested parties to find out how they can participate with Apache projects and activities? https://helpwanted.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Java creator James Gosling proclaimed that Apache "Zookeeper is just wonderful...I love Zookeeper"? https://s.apache.org/txVW

 - Did you know that gravitational waves can be analyzed with Apache Drill? http://drill.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The next CloudStack European User Group will be held 3 March 2016 in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-19726408218

 - Apache:Big Data North America will take place 9-12 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america

 - ApacheCon:Core North America will take place 11-13 May 2016 in Vancouver http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/

 - The next HBaseCon will take place 24 May in San Francisco --CFP and Early Bird Registration now open http://hbasecon.com

 - MesosCon will be held 1-2 June 2016 in Denver --CFP open through 9 March http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/mesoscon/

 - The ASF Operations Summary: Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (August-October 2015) is available at http://s.apache.org/M0R

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

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from http://www.zazzle.com/featherwear and http://s.apache.org/landsend --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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