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Monday Jan 12, 2015

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

Open Source distributed Big Data system for expressive, declarative, and efficient batch and streaming data processing and analysis

Forest Hill, MD –12 January 2015– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ Flink™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache Flink is an Open Source distributed data analysis engine for batch and streaming data. It offers programming APIs in Java and Scala, as well as specialized APIs for graph processing, with more libraries in the making.

"I am very happy that the ASF has become the home for Flink," said Stephan Ewen, Vice President of Apache Flink. "For a community-driven effort, I can think of no better umbrella. It is great to see the project is maturing and many new people are joining the community."

Flink uses a unique combination of streaming/pipelining and batch processing techniques to create a platform that covers and unifies a broad set of batch and streaming data analytics use cases. The project has put significant efforts into making a system that runs reliably and fast in a wide variety of scenarios. For that reason, Flink contained its own type serialization, memory management, and cost-based query optimization components from the early days of the project.

Apache Flink has its roots in the Stratosphere research project that started in 2009 at TU Berlin together with the Berlin and later the European data management communities, including HU Berlin, Hasso Plattner Institute, KTH (Stockholm), ELTE (Budapest), and others. Several Flink committers recently started data Artisans, a Berlin-based startup committed to growing Flink both in code and community as 100% Open Source. More than 70 people have by now contributed to Flink.

"Becoming a Top-Level Project in such short time is a great milestone for Flink and reflects the speed with which the community has been growing," said Kostas Tzoumas, co-founder and CEO of data Artisans. "The community is currently working on some exciting new features that make Flink even more powerful and accessible to a wider audience, and several companies around the world are including Flink in their data infrastructure."

"We use Apache Flink as part of our production data infrastructure," said Ijad Madisch, co-founder and CEO of ResearchGate. "We are happy all around and excited that Flink provides us with the opportunity for even better developer productivity and testability, especially for complex data flows. It’s with good reason that Flink is now a top-level Apache project."

"I have been experimenting with Flink, and we are very excited to hear that Flink is becoming a top-level Apache project," said Anders Arpteg, Analytics Machine Learning Manager at Spotify.

Denis Arnaud, Head of Data Science Development of Travel Intelligence at Amadeus said, "At Amadeus, we continually seek for better improvement in our analytic platform and our experiments with Apache Flink for analytics on our travel data show a lot of potential in the system for our production use."

"Flink was a pleasure to mentor as a new Apache project," said Alan Gates, Apache Flink Incubator champion at the ASF, and architect/co-founder at Hortonworks. "The Flink team learned The Apache Way very quickly. They worked hard at being open in their decision making and including new contributors. Those of us mentoring them just needed to point them in the right direction and then let them get to work."

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, 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 documentation and ways to become involved with Apache Flink, visit http://flink.apache.org/ and @ApacheFlink on Twitter.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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Not A Mirage: The Apache Software Foundation's official number of projects and initiatives "grows overnight" with census adjustment

110 sub-projects now added to the Foundation's official activity count

Over the past 15 years, The Apache Software Foundation has been going from strength to strength. It's truly impressive to see all that our global community has achieved. 

In documenting the ASF's developments, I've always measured our growth across two metrics: people and projects.

The people behind Apache is a volunteer community comprising 588 individual Members and 4,166 Committers collaborating across six continents. We're a true 24/7 global operation.

Up until now, I have stated that there were more than 200 projects and initiatives at the ASF. To me, "projects and initiatives" = software projects (Top-Level Projects (TLPs) + podlings undergoing development at the Apache Incubator + Apache Labs (our innovation "sandbox" to test technical concepts), plus various community initiatives such as ApacheCon. I never counted sub-projects as part of that census, as we always had just a few handfuls scattered amongst a small number of TLPs.

I was stunned when ASF Member Daniel Gruno recently informed me that my "200+" figure was wrong, and provided an updated tally of our initiatives as detailed on http://projects.apache.org

This audit surprised me, as it had shown that we did not have a "few handfuls" of sub-projects as I had projected, but rather *110* sub-projects! They had grown into an entity unto itself that must be recognized in our official count. 

As such, the ASF appears to have grown overnight with the addition of sub-projects, although they were there all along. As of today, we have:

- 160 Top-Level Projects
- 110 sub-projects (sub-projects of existing TLPs)
- 36 podlings undergoing development in the Apache Incubator
- 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs

So there are currently 345 Open Source software projects and initiatives at the ASF. Add to that the ASF's special committees and activities such as Infrastructure, Travel Assistance, Security Team, Legal Affairs, Brand Management, and ApacheCon: we've exceeded 350.

With this knowledge, I stand corrected, even more impressed, and have adjusted our records accordingly. Thanks again, Daniel!

Join me in celebrating our amazing community –three cheers for Apache!

--Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity


Friday Jan 09, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 9 January 2015

Our community of more than 4,000 contributors are busily working across six continents on all things Apache. Here's what's happened over the past week:

Apache Allura™ –Open Source implementation of a software forge, a Web site that manages source code repositories, bug reports, discussions, wiki pages, blogs, and more for any number of individual projects.
 - Apache Allura 1.2.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/allura/allura-1.2.0.tar.gz

Apache Bloodhound™ –a tool to track progress and defects in software products.
 - Apache Bloodhound 0.8 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/bloodhound/apache-bloodhound-0.8.tar.gz0.8.tar.gz

Apache CloudStack™ –an integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public and private cloud environments.
 - Apache CloudStack 4.3.2 released http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.3.2/

REMINDER: Upcoming deadlines for ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Call for Papers open until 1 February http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Apache Travel Assistance applications accepted through 6 February http://www.apache.org/travel/

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Friday Jan 02, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 2 January 2015

The Apache Software Foundation wishes you a great 2015! With our community of more than 4,000 contributors collaborating across six continents on 200+ projects and initiatives, The ASF is truly a 24/7 operation. Here's what's happened over the past week:

Apache Commons™ –software library provides a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Apache Commons Math 3.4 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-math/download_math.cgi
 - Apache Commons Pool 2.3 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-pool/download_pool.cgi

Apache Directory™ –directory solutions entirely written in Java
 - Apache Directory LDAP API 1.0.0-M27 released http://directory.apache.org/api

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java
 - Apache Lucene 4.10.3 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html

Apache Lucy™ –search engine library that provides full-text search for dynamic programming languages
 - Apache Clownfish 0.4.2 and Apache Lucy 0.4.2 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache OODT™ –component based software architecture beyond simple science applications.
- Apache OODT 0.8 released https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OODT/fixforversion/12326811/?selectedTab=com.atlassian.jira.jira-projects-plugin:version-summary-panel

Apache Solr™ –popular, blazing fast Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project
 - Apache Solr 4.10.3 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

ASF Operations –behind the scenes of the day-to-day functions at The Apache Software Foundation
 - The ASF publishes long-overdue New Code of Conduct http://s.apache.org/dGR

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Call for Papers open until 1 February http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Get involved with the program selection process http://s.apache.org/60N
 - Applications accepted for Apache Travel Assistance through 6 February http://www.apache.org/travel/

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Friday Dec 26, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 26 December 2014

The Apache Software Foundation's 200+ projects and initiatives and community of more than 4,000 contributors wish you a very happy and healthy 2015! Here's what we've been working on over the past week:

Apache Commons™ –software library provides a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Commons Configuration 2.0-alpha2 Released http://www.apache.org/dist/commons/configuration/RELEASE-NOTES.txt

Apache DeltaSpike™ –not a CDI-container, but a portable CDI extension.
Apache DeltaSpike 1.2.1 released http://s.apache.org/DeltaSpike_1.2.1

Apache Ivy™ –a tool for managing (recording, tracking, resolving and reporting) project dependencies, characterized by flexibility, configurability, and tight integration with Apache Ant.
 - Apache Ivy 2.4.0 released http://ant.apache.org/ivy/download.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.9 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache POI™ –Java APIs for manipulating various file formats based upon the Office Open XML standards (OOXML) and Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document format (OLE2), such as Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Word.
 - Apache POI 3.11 released http://poi.apache.org/

ASF Operations –behind the scenes of the day-to-day functions at The Apache Software Foundation
 - The ASF publishes long-overdue New Code of Conduct http://s.apache.org/dGR

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Call for Papers open until 1 February http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Become involved with the program selection process --check out http://s.apache.org/60N
 - Applications accepted for Apache Travel Assistance through 6 February http://www.apache.org/travel/
 - Sign up to receive ApacheCon updates and announcements http://www.apache.org/foundation/mailinglists.html#foundation-apachecon

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Friday Dec 19, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 19 December 2014

There are more than 200 projects and initiatives under development at The ASF; below are our activities over the past week, and be sure to subscribe to announce@apache.org to keep an eye out for updates on your favorite projects!

Apache Jackrabbit™ –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 1.1.3 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 1.8.8 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Subversion™ –Open Source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
 - Apache Subversion 1.7.19 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#supported-releases
 - Apache Subversion 1.8.11 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#recommended-release

ASF Operations –behind the scenes of the day-to-day functions at The Apache Software Foundation
 - The ASF publishes long-overdue New Code of Conduct http://s.apache.org/dGR
 - The ASF received 85 Individual Contributor License Agreements (ICLA), 11 Corporate Contributor License Agreements (CCLA), and four software grants over the past month https://www.apache.org/licenses/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Call for Papers open until 1 February http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Become involved with the program selection process --check out http://s.apache.org/60N
 - Applications accepted for Apache Travel Assistance through 6 February http://www.apache.org/travel/
 - Sign up to receive ApacheCon updates and announcements http://www.apache.org/foundation/mailinglists.html#foundation-apachecon

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ASF publishes long-overdue Code Of Conduct

tl;dr: The ASF has published a Code of Conduct

We pride ourselves at The Apache Software Foundation on our principles of "community over code" and "don't be a jerk". But, alas, we've been slow to codify some of these things in public. Part of this, I'm sure, is that it’s easy to think we all just know how we're supposed to treat people, and so you shouldn't have to say, right?


But, of course, you do have to say. In part because some people don't know. And in part because it’s important that we communicate our values to the people in our community, and to people who might be considering joining our community. There has been a recent push in tech circles to include a Code of Conduct at events, conferences, etc. (Ashe Dryden maintains an introductory resource for learning more about how Codes of Conduct can help.) Increasingly, open source projects are adopting a Code of Conduct too, and we think this is a good idea that could help improve open source as a whole.

At ApacheCon, I was approached by Joan Touzet, an active member of the Apache CouchDB community, who had noted that we referenced a Code of Conduct on the main ASF website, but that no such document actually existed anywhere on our site. CouchDB has devoted a lot of time over the last few months crafting their Code of Conduct. It addresses everything from what's acceptable on the mailing lists, to how to report it if someone isn’t upholding community standards. This seemed like a great starting point, and so the ASF has adopted this as our initial Code of Conduct, with minor edits that remove the CouchDB-specific language. (It is my understanding that the CouchDB community now intends to use the Foundation level Code of Conduct, and will work with us to bring additional improvements to it.) 

No doubt, we'll get criticism for being so slow to do this, and we accept that. But it's never too late to take steps in the right direction, and we feel that this is an important one. Not just for the ASF, but for all open source projects and organisations.

You are encouraged to join the conversation on the Community Development mailing list. Whether you have changes you'd like to see in that document, or whether you'd like to discuss any other aspect of the Apache community. Any sort of community discussion topic is welcome. For example, Noah Slater, also from the CouchDB community, brought up the subject of punitive measures for infractions, which is an important but difficult issue. We'd love to hear your perspective on this, and help us continue to move in the right direction.

--Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President

Friday Dec 12, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 12 December 2014

Here's a snapshot of what's been happening at the Apache Software Foundation over the past week. With more than 200 projects and initiatives under development at The ASF, keep an eye out for updates on your favorite projects!

Apache Buildr™ –build system for Java-based applications, including support for Scala, Groovy and a growing number of JVM languages and tools.
 - Apache Buildr 1.4.21 released http://buildr.apache.org/

Apache cTAKES™ –clinical Text Analysis and Knowledge Extraction System (cTAKES) is an Open Source natural language processing system for information extraction from electronic medical record clinical free-text.
 - Apache cTAKES 3.2.1 released http://ctakes.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache DeltaSpike™ –a portable JSR-299 CDI (Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java) Extension library which contains lots of useful tools and helpers which are missing in the CDI core spec; not a CDI-container, but a portable CDI extension.
 - Apache DeltaSpike 1.2.0 released http://deltaspike.apache.org/download.html

Apache MetaModel™ –uniform connector and query API to many very different datastore types, including: Relational (JDBC) databases, CSV files, Excel spreadsheets, XML files, JSON files, Fixed width files, MongoDB, Apache CouchDB, Apache HBase, Apache Cassandra, ElasticSearch, OpenOffice.org databases, and more.
 - Apache MetaModel graduated as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/2vF

ASF Infrastructure –leading the ASF's multi-datacenter, multi-cloud deployment running 24x7x365 on multiple continents, distributing terabytes of artifacts per week and archiving more than 11 million Apache email messages.
 - ASF SVN service outage post-mortem https://blogs.apache.org/infra/entry/svn_service_outage_postmortem

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - CFP open for ApacheCon North America in Austin http://s.apache.org/60N

Apache Software Foundation Graphics –graphical assets that can be used by third parties when referring to The Apache Software Foundation or one of its projects.
 - Download new "Powered By Apache" general and project logos http://apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Tuesday Dec 09, 2014

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

Dynamic, metadata-driven Open Source framework provides uniform data access and code consolidation across various data stores. 

Forest Hill, MD –09 December 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 200 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ MetaModel™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles. 

"It's a great privilege for us to have MetaModel graduated to a Top Level Project at Apache. It makes us proud and excited about welcoming more people into our community of coders and users," said Kasper Sørensen, Vice President of Apache MetaModel. "We've learned a lot about the Apache Way since entering the Apache Incubator in July 2013." 

Apache MetaModel is a data access framework that provides a common interface for the discovery, exploration, and querying of different types of data sources. Unlike traditional mapping frameworks, MetaModel emphasizes metadata of the data source itself and the ability to add more data sources at runtime. MetaModel's schema model and SQL-like query API is applicable to databases, CSV files, Excel spreadsheets, NoSQL databases, Cloud-based business applications, and even regular Java objects. This level of abstraction makes MetaModel great for dynamic data processing applications, less so for applications modelled strictly around a particular domain. 

MetaModel is so called as it's a model for interacting with data based on metadata, enabling developers to go above the physical data layer and apply their application to just about any data. 

"MetaModel enables you to consolidate code and consolidate data a lot quicker than any other library out there," Sørensen explained. "In these 'Big Data days' there's a lot of focus on performance and scalability, and surely these topics also surround Apache MetaModel. The Big Data challenge is not always about massive loads of data, but instead massive variation and feeding a lot of different sources into a single application. Now to make such an application you both need a lot of connectivity capabilities and a lot of modelling flexibility. Those are the two aspects where Apache MetaModel shines. We make it possible for you to build applications that retain the complexity of your data – even if that complexity may change over time. The trick to achieve this is to model on the metadata and not on your assumptions." 

"The performance and flexibility of Apache MetaModel is a key building block for us to improve the usability and power for the thousands of users of DataCleaner – the leading Open Source data quality solution, supported by Neopost," said Enno Ebels, Executive Vice President of Customer Information Management at Neopost. 

"It's been a joy to follow the growth in the community and in functionality," added Sørensen. "Over the last year we've introduced connectivity for Apache HBase, JSON files, ElasticSearch, Apache Cassandra and a whole lot more. It's always a great pleasure to see the excitement in people's eyes when they realize that you can develop for these data sources using the same API." 

"Apache MetaModel is the core technology used underneath our MDM offering at Human Inference, providing us an abstraction layer above the different database schemes we currently support, including Postgres, DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, and ElasticSearch," said Ankit Kumar, Technical Lead at Human Inference and Member of the Apache MetaModel Project Management Committee.

"The MetaModel query language helps us write code agnostic of the underlying database. Within our MDM offering we have even implemented some virtual data stores using MetaModel," said Winfried van Holland, CTO of Neopost Customer Information Management. "These expose our data model in a custom view for our consultants - stripping away the technical complexities and exposing the business value in a data model that is natural for the business people to consume."

"Apache MetaModel is a key technology in Stratio Datavis, allowing us to manage metadata and create SQL-based connectors for a bunch of data stores," said David Morales, Big Data Architect at Stratio. "Thanks to Apache MetaModel, Datavis users can create beautiful dashboards using their SQL skills, instead of knowing several query languages. That's why we are proud to be contributors of MetaModel and we will continue to collaborate with this great project." 

Availability and Oversight 
As with all Apache products, Apache MetaModel software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For documentation and ways to become involved with Apache MetaModel, visit http://metamodel.apache.org and https://twitter.com/ApacheMetaModel

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) 
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than two hundred leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter

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

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Friday Dec 05, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 5 December 2014

With more than 200 projects and initiatives under development at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), here's what's happened over the past week:

ASF Fundraising –supporting Sponsorship and fundraising initiatives for The Apache Software Foundation
 - Upayavira steps down as VP Fundraising; Jim Jagielski and Hadrian Zbarcea named new Vice Presidents http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html

ASF Infrastructure –leading the ASF's multi-datacenter, multi-cloud deployment running 24x7x365 on multiple continents, distributing terabytes of artifacts per week and archiving more than 11 million Apache email messages.
 - ASF Subversion master's emergency maintenance https://blogs.apache.org/infra/entry/subversion_master_undergoing_emergency_maintenance

Apache Incubator –the entry path for all code donations from external organisations and existing external projects wishing to join the ASF's efforts as official Apache projects.
 - Hadoop Development Tools, HTrace, Lens, NiFi, and Tamaya entered the Incubator in November as new podlings http://incubator.apache.org/

Apache Flex™ –a highly productive, Open Source application framework for building and maintaining expressive Web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices.
 - Apache Flex TourDeFlex 1.2 released http://flex.apache.org/tourdeflex/

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Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

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

World's first schema-free SQL query engine brings self-service data exploration to Apache Hadoop™

Forest Hill, MD –02 December 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 200 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache™ Drill™ has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles. 

Apache Drill is the world's first schema-free SQL query engine that delivers real-time insights by removing the constraint of building and maintaining schemas before data can be analyzed. Drill users can run interactive ANSI SQL queries on complex or constantly evolving data including JSON, Parquet, and HBase without ever worrying about schema definitions. As a result, Drill not only enables rapid application development on Apache Hadoop™ but also allows enterprise BI analysts to access Hadoop in a self-service fashion. 

"Apache Drill's graduation is a testament to the maturity of the technology and a strong indicator of the active community that develops and supports it," said Jacques Nadeau, Vice President of Apache Drill. "Drill's vibrant community ensures that it will continue to evolve to meet the demands of self-service data exploration use cases." 

While providing faster time to value from data stored in Hadoop, Drill also reduces the burden on IT developers and administrators who prepare and maintain datasets for analysis. Analysts can explore data in real-time, pull in new datasets on the fly, and also use traditional BI tools to visualize the data easily – all by themselves. 

Inspired by Google's Dremel (an academic paper on interactive analysis of Web-scale datasets), and a vision to support modern big data applications, Drill entered the Apache Incubator in August 2012. The project currently has code contributions from individual committers representing MapR, Hortonworks, Pentaho, and Cisco, among others. 

"We see the Apache Top-Level Project status as a major milestone for Drill. With a growing user base and diverse community interest, we are excited that Drill will indeed be a game changer for Hadoop application developers and BI analysts alike," said Tomer Shiran, member of the Apache Drill Project Management Committee. 

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache Drill software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For documentation and ways to become involved with Apache Drill, visit http://drill.apache.org and https://twitter.com/ApacheDrill

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than two hundred leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 500 individual Members and 4,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter. 

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Friday Nov 28, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 28 November 2014

With more than 200 projects and initiatives under development at The Apache Software Foundation, here's what's happened over the past week:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - ApacheCon North America returns to Austin http://s.apache.org/60N

Apache Commons™ –library that provides a simple interface for reading and writing CSV files of various types.
 - Apache Commons CSV 1.1 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-csv/

Apache Directory™ –directory solutions entirely written in Java, including an extensible and embeddable directory server entirely written in Java, which has been certified LDAPv3 compatible by the Open Group, and LDAP client API to provide an enhanced LDAP API as a replacement for JNDI and the existing LDAP API (jLdap and Mozilla LDAP API).
 - ApacheDS 2.0.0-M19 released http://directory.apache.org/apacheds
 - Apache Directory LDAP API 1.0.0-M26 released http://directory.apache.org/api

Apache Slider (incubating)™ –a YARN application which deploys existing distributed applications on YARN, monitors them, and makes them larger or smaller as desired.
 - Apache Slider 0.60.0-incubating released http://slider.incubator.apache.org/docs/getting_started.html

Apache Sqoop™ –a tool designed for efficiently transferring bulk data between Apache Hadoop and structured datastores, such as relational databases.
 - Apache Sqoop 1.99.4 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/sqoop/1.99.4

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 0.9.3 released http://storm.apache.org

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages and Java Expression Language technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 6.0.43 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi

Apache Software Foundation Graphics –graphical assets that can be used by third parties when referring to The Apache Software Foundation or one of its projects.
 - Download new "Powered By Apache" general and project logos http://apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Friday Nov 21, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 21 November 2014

With more than 200 projects and initiatives under development at The Apache Software Foundation, here's what's happened over the past week:

The ASF @ 15 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership http://s.apache.org/wZr
 ... and cheered at ApacheCon Europe http://s.apache.org/1o4

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - ApacheCon Europe, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, and supporting events wrapped up this week in Budapest http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-europe

Apache CouchDB™ –the database that kickstarted the NoSQL movement.
 - Apache CouchDB 2.0 Developer Preview Release announced http://s.apache.org/g82

Apache DeltaSpike™ –not a CDI-container, but a portable CDI extension.
 - Apache DeltaSpike 1.1.0 released http://deltaspike.apache.org/download.html

Apache Flume™ –distributed, reliable, and available service for efficiently collecting, aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data.
 - Apache Flume v1.5.2 released http://flume.apache.org/download.html

Apache JMeter™ –used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources (files, Servlets, Perl scripts, Java Objects, Data Bases and Queries, FTP Servers and more).
 - Apache JMeter 2.12 released http://jmeter.apache.org/usermanual/best-practices.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.1 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Software Foundation Graphics –graphical assets that can be used by third parties when referring to The Apache Software Foundation or one of its projects.
 - Download new "Powered By Apache" general and project logos http://apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby


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Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership

Apache has been at the forefront of dozens of today's industry-defining technologies and tools; nearly every end-user computing device has been touched by at least one Apache product.

Budapest, Hungary –19 November– At ApacheCon Europe, members of the Apache community commemorated The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)'s fifteenth anniversary and congratulated the people, projects, initiatives, and organizations that played a role in its success.

Recognized as the leader in community-led Open Source software development, the ASF was established to shepherd, develop, and incubate Open Source innovations "The Apache Way". Reflections on achievements over the past 15 years include:


Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide. Apache projects power 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. Beginning with the Apache HTTP Server —the world's most popular Web server— Apache software has been at the forefront of dozens of today's industry-defining technologies and tools, playing an integral role in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones.

Apache software is so ubiquitous that 50% of the top 10 downloaded Open Source products are Apache projects. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 has become an industry standard within the Open Source world. The Apache License and open development model are widely recognized as among the best ways to ensure open standards gain traction and adoption. The ASF offers a vendor-neutral space in which to collaborate whilst enabling third parties to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model. To date, hundreds of thousands of software solutions have been distributed under the Apache License.

Amazingly, this is achieved by an all-volunteer community comprising 505 individual Members and 4,081 Apache Committers collaborating across six continents. The ASF's day-to-day operating expenses are offset by the generous sponsorship of individual donors and corporate sponsors including Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

"ASF @ 15" Timeline and Highlights follow. Visit http://apache.org/ and @TheASF on Twitter for more information.

Highlights: pre-1999
Brian Behlendorf started collecting patches to be applied to the last version of the NCSA http server. The Apache Group, consisting of 8 individuals, traded patches on a mailing list set up for the purpose. In April of 1995 the first public release of Apache (version 0.6.2) came out. Apache 1.0 released on December 1, 1995, and within a year surpassed NCSA as the most-used Web server.

Highlights: 1999
The ASF formally incorporates as a Delaware-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation from The Apache Group on 1 June. Original directors are: Brian Behlendorf (President), Ken Coar (VP Conferences), Roy T. Fielding (Chairman), Ben Hyde (VP Apache HTTP Server Project), Jim Jagielski (Secretary and EVP), Ben Laurie, Sameer Parekh, Randy Terbush (Treasurer), and Dirk-Willem van Gulik. New Apache Jakarta and XML Projects join the Apache HTTP Server Project. Board Committees on ASF Conferences, Licenses, and Security are formed. Discussions about ASF's role as an Open Source incubator address fostering new technologies such as Cocoon. The ASF receives numerous industry awards, including the ACM Software System Award, the Datamation Product of the Year, and LinuxWorld Editor's Award. ASF is listed in the Industry Standard's "100 Companies That Matter" and included in the ServerWatch Hall of Fame.

Highlights: 2000
Perl-Apache Project, as well as Apache PHP, Apache/TCL Project, and Apache Portable Runtime Project are established. Apache Struts, Batik, FOP, and Ant undergo "incubation". The ASF draws record attendance at the second ApacheCon in Orlando (the first-ever conference was held in San Francisco in 1998), and launches its first European event in London later that year.

Highlights: 2001
Apache Avalon, Commons, and Jetspeed/Portals undergo "incubation". Work begins on next version of the Apache License. The fourth ApacheCon is held in Santa Clara, where the ASF maxim of "Community Over Code" is widespread and collaborators meet in person for the very first time. The ASF receives the Internet Service Providers Association's Internet Industry Awards for "Best Software Supplier" Apache XML's Xalan-Java 1.2.2 is a finalist in the Best Java-XML Application category in the JavaWorld Editors' Choice Awards.

Highlights: 2002
Participation in The ASF booms; its process for community and collaborative development becomes known as "the Apache Way". New Board is formed: Greg Stein elected Chairman, Dirk-Willem van Gulik as President, Randy Terbush as Treasurer (later replaced that year by Chuck Murko), and Jim Jagielski as Executive Vice President/Secretary. Apache Jakarta launches sub-project BSF; the Apache Incubator Project is born: new projects include Apache Ant, Avalon, DB, Forrest, HC, POI, and TCL. Apache HTTP Server and Portable Runtime Project Management Committees are reestablished. New Board Committees on Infrastructure as well as Fundraising are formed. The ASF participates in the Java Community Process. The fifth ApacheCon takes place in Las Vegas. The first community-driven Apache Cocoon GetTogether is held.

Highlights: 2003
"Web 2.0" comes to the ASF; the Apache Web Services Project is formed. New projects in the Apache Incubator include Directory, Geronimo, Gump, James, Logging Services, Maven, Pluto, SpamAssassin, Tapestry, and XML Beans. Perl-Apache Project is renamed to the Apache Perl Project, and Cocoon becomes a Top Level Project. The sixth ApacheCon is held in Las Vegas, featuring an expo exchange with COMDEX. The Apache HTTP Server wins Best Server Software by Linux Format; Apache Ant wins Software Development Magazine Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Award, the Java Pro Readers' Choice Award for Most Valuable Java Deployment Technology, as well as the JavaWorld Editors' Choice Award for "Most Useful Java Community-Developed Technology". JavaWorld also awards Apache Xerces-J Editors' Choice for "Best Java XML Tool". SpamAssassin wins the OSDir Editor's Choice Award. The Apache License v.1.2 is released; all products of the Foundation are required to be released under the new license.

Highlights: 2004
ASF Board members are re-elected: Greg Stein as Chairman, Dirk-Willem van Gulik as President, Chuck Murko as Treasurer, and Jim Jagielski as Executive Vice President/Secretary. The stable Apache License v.2.0 is released, and the ASF Contributor License Agreement (CLA) is expanded to accommodate corporate donations. New Apache projects in the Incubator include Beehive, Excalibur, Forrest, Gump, Hivemind, iBatis, Lenya, myFaces, Portals, SpamAssassin, Struts, wsrp4J (Portals sub-project), Xalan, XMLBeans, and XML Graphics. The Apache Commons project is terminated, as well as the Project Management Committee for Avalon. A New Public Relations Committee is established, and The ASF issues a formal response regarding alleged JBoss IP infringement in Geronimo. The PHP project amicably separates from The ASF, granting all rights and responsibilities pertaining to its codebases to the PHP Group. ApacheCon returns to Las Vegas for its seventh conference. Apache Ant wins the Java Developer's Journal "Editors' Choice Award".

Highlights: 2005
The ASF continues to be the community of choice to spearhead new innovations through its Incubator. Numerous projects in development include activeMQ, Apollo, Bridges, Continuum, Derby, Directory, Felix, Harmony, Roller, stdcxx, Synapse, and Xerces; Apache Lucene graduates as a Top Level Project. ApacheCon returns to Europe with the eighth conference held in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by ApacheCon US in San Diego. Tomcat receives the SD Software Development Readers' Choice Awards for "Best Open Source Tool"; Software Development Magazine's JOLT! Awards recognize Apache Jakarta and Tomcat.

Highlights: 2006
A new Board of Directors is elected: Greg Stein and Jim Jagielski are re-elected as Chairman and Executive Vice President/Secretary respectively; Sander Striker joins the Board as President, and Justin Erenkrantz is elected Treasurer. The Incubator matures, with new projects created to meet growing industry interest in Open Source solutions for enterprise resource planning and manage related business processes. Projects undergoing incubation are Abdera, Archiva, Cayenne, CXF, Hadoop, Harmony, HiveMind, Jackrabbit, MINA, ODE, OfBIZ, Open JPA, Open EJB, Qpid, Santuario, Shale, Tapestry, Tiles, and Velocity; Apache Cayenne, OFBiz, and Tiles graduate to become Top Level Projects later that year. The Apache Security Team is re-established, a new Testing project is established to oversee the creation of software related to the domain of software testing; in addition, and the ASF launches new Innovation Laboratories for the experimentation of new ideas without Project bylaws or community building requirements. The ASF hosts its tenth ApacheCon in Dublin, Ireland, followed by ApacheCon US in Austin, and launches ApacheCon Asia in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Foundation establishes the Sponsorship program to help offset day-to-day operating expenses; donations are accepted by both individual and corporate contributors. SpamAssassin wins the Linux New Media Award, and Tapestry was awarded Sun's annual Duke's Choice Award for outstanding Java product innovation.

Highlights: 2007
The breadth and capability of The ASF is reflected in the largest changeover its Board members since its incorporation: Jim Jagielski is elected Chairman, Justin Erenkrantz as President, J. Aaron Farr as Treasurer, and Sam Ruby as Executive Vice President/Secretary. New projects continue to germinate, including Buildr, Camel, C++ Standard Library, Pig, Quetzalcoatl, ServiceMix, Synapse, and Tiles entering the Incubator; Apache ActiveMQ, Commons (Jakarta), Felix, HttpComponents, ODE, OpenEJB, OpenJPA, POI, Quetzalcoatl, Roller, ServiceMix, Turbine, and Wicket graduate as Top Level Projects. The ASF establishes a Legal Affairs Committee to manage legal policies, as well as a Travel Assistance Committee to provide financial support to select individuals otherwise unable to attend ApacheCon. The twelfth ApacheCon is successfully held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by ApacheCon US in Atlanta.

Highlights: 2008
The ASF re-elects Jim Jagielski, Justin Erenkrantz, and Sam Ruby to the Board as Chairman, President, and Secretary respectively; Sander Striker is elected Executive Vice President, and J. Aaron Farr is Treasurer. HBase, Hive, and Zookeeper enter the Incubator; Apache Abdera, Archiva, Buildr, Continuum, CouchDB, CXF, Hadoop, Qpid, and Tuscany become Top Level Projects. The Apache Attic is established to retire ASF projects that have reached their end of life through a scalable process. Apache user gatherings continue to gain popularity, with events hosted by projects that include Cocoon, Derby, Forrest, Hadoop, Jakarta, OfBIZ, Pig, Wicket, among others. The fourteenth ApacheCon is held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by ApacheCon US in New Orleans, where sixty members of the community participate in voluntourism efforts to help rebuild the City still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. ApacheCon US also marks the expansion of ASF-wide developer and user community events to include "unconferences" such as BarCamps, GetTogethers, Symposia, and the first ASF Meet Up in Beijing. Apache tops the Software Development Times 100 list of Industry Influencers for the third year running in the category of Application Servers, The ASF wins its third Member of the Year prize awarded by the Java Community Process Program Management Office, Apache SpamAssassin won the InfoWorld "Best Of Open Source Software" BOSSIE Award, Apache Directory Studio finishes as runner-up for the Eclipse Community Award's Best Open Source RCP Application, and barely six months under incubation, Sling wins the JAX Innovation Award.

Highlights: 2009
The ASF announces Ten Years of Apache; celebrates a decade of innovation in Open Source software and community development. Nearly 300 ASF Members collaborate successfully with more than 2,000 Committers; 68 Top Level Projects, 35 initiatives in the Incubator, and 23 Labs concepts are currently active at the Foundation. ApacheCon Europe 2009 was held 23-27 March in Amsterdam, with the Hackathon (face-to-face Apache project-related collaboration/development with ASF Members and Committers) open to the public and including another BarCamp. 10th Anniversary celebrations continued at ApacheCon US 2009, in Oakland 2-6 November, where both the Governor of California and the Mayor of Oakland congratulated Apache on its success and named 4 November "Apache Software Foundation Day".

Highlights: 2010
The ASF hits its millionth code commit with a revision milestone today with a commit by ASF Member Yonik Seeley on behalf of the Apache Lucene Project. Apache Aries, Avro, Cassandra, Click, ESME, HBase, Hive, jUDDI, Karaf, Mahout, Nutch, OODT, Pig, Pivot, Shindig, Shiro, Subversion, Thrift, Tika, Traffic Server, UIMA, ZooKeeper become Top-level Projects. Alois, Amber, Bean Validation, Celix, Chukwa, Deltacloud, Gora, Isis, Jena, Kitty, Lucy, ManifoldCF, Mesos, NPanday, Nuvem, OODT, OpenNLP, SIS, Stanbol, Wave, Whirr, and Zeta Components entered the Apache Incubator. Milestone project releases include Cassandra 0.6, Cayenne 3.0, FOP 1.0, Maven 3.0, SpamAssassin 3.3.0, and Tomcat 7.0. Apache Excalibur, iBatis, Quetzalcoatl, and WSIF Projects were retired to the Attic. The ASF launches "Apache Extras" (hosted by Google) to provide a "home-away-from-home" for code associated with Apache projects. The ASF issued Public Statements about Apache Harmony as well as Oracle's decision on the Java SE Technology Compatibility Kit's Field Of Use, and resigns from the Java Community Process Executive Committee. Shane Curcuru, Doug Cutting, Bertrand Delacretaz, Roy T. Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Sam Ruby, Noirin Shirley, Greg Stein, and Henri Yandell have been elected to serve on the ASF Board of Directors; Geir Magnusson, Jr., is named as replacement for Henri Yandell. ASF Director Greg Stein awarded O'Reilly Open Source Award at OSCON. New role of Executive Assistant has been created and staffed. 30 new ASF Members were elected this year. ASF Platinum Sponsors are Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; IBM joins Gold Sponsor Hewlett-Packard; Silver Sponsors are Cloudera, Progress Software and Springsource/VMWare, and Bronze Sponsors are BlueNog, Intuit, Joost, and Matt Mullenweg. ApacheCon North America took place in Atlanta, Georgia. BarCampApache in Sydney, Australia, was the first ASF-backed event to take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

Highlights: 2011
Apache ACE, Chemistry, Deltacloud, JMeter, Libcloud, River, Whirr became Top-level Projects. More projects than ever submitted to become part of the Apache community: Accumulo, Airavata, Ambari, Any23, AWF, Bigtop, Bloodhound, Cordova, DeltaSpike, DirectMemory, EasyAnt, Flex, Flume, Giraph, HCatalog, Kafka, Kalumet, Lucene.Net, MRUnit, ODF Toolkit, OGNL, Oozie,   OpenMeetings, OpenOffice, Rave, S4, and Sqoop entered the Incubator. Apache Alois retired from the Incubator. Apache Harmony, Jakarta, and Xindice moved to the Attic. Milestone project releases include Cassandra 0.7 and 1.0, Geronimo v3.0-beta-1, Pivot 2.0, Subversion 1.7.0, Tika 1.0, and Turbine 4.0-M1. Apache TomEE is certified as Java EE 6 Web Profile Compatible. Apache UIMA and Hadoop advance data intelligence and semantic capabilities of Watson, IBM's "Smartest Machine on Earth" demonstrated in first-ever man vs. machine competition on Jeopardy! quiz show. Apache Hadoop wins MediaGuardian’s "Innovator of the Year" award. The ASF accepted to become an Affiliate at the Open Source Initiative. New Executive Committee is appointed: Doug Cutting as Chair, Greg Stein as Vice Chair, Jim Jagielski as President, Noirin Plunkett as Executive Vice President, Sam Ruby as Vice President - Infrastructure, Craig L Russell as Secretary, Sam Ruby as Assistant Secretary, and Geir Magnusson, Jr., as Treasurer. The ASF is subpoenaed by the United Stated District Court to produce documents in Oracle America vs. Google related to the use of Apache Harmony code in the Android software platform, and the unsuccessful attempt by Apache to secure an acceptable license to the Java SE Technology Compatibility Kit. The ASF issues statement on Apache OpenOffice.org (the first mature, end-user-facing Apache project) and Open Letter to the Open Document Format Ecosystem clarifying that its code base was not pursued by the ASF prior to its acceptance into the Apache Incubator, and articulating the project’s vision within the wider Open Document Format ecosystem. 42 new ASF Members were elected, bringing the active membership to 370 individuals and 2,663 Apache Commiters world-wide. ASF Platinum Sponsors are Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; AMD, Facebook, and Hortonworks join Gold Sponsors Hewlett-Packard and IBM; PSW Group joins Silver Sponsors Cloudera, Progress Software and Springsource/VMWare; and Liip AG, Lucid Imagination, Talend, and WANdisco join Bronze Sponsors BlueNog, Intuit, Joost, and Matt Mullenweg. ApacheCon North America took place in Vancouver, Canada, marking the 25th event in the conference series.

Highlights: 2012
The ASF celebrated the 17th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server with the release of v2.4; the project maintains its standing as the world's most popular Web server, powering nearly 400 million sites. The Apache Incubator continues to gain momentum, with 85 podlings graduating over the past decade. Apache Accumulo, Airavata, Any23, Bigtop, BVal, Cordova, Creadur, DirectMemory, Empire-db, Flex, Flume, Giraph, Gora, Hama, ISIS, Jena, Kafka, Lucene.Net, Lucy, ManifoldCF, MRUnit, Oozie, OpenNLP, OpenOffice, Rave, SIS, Sqoop, Stanbol, Steve, Syncope, VCL, Wink, Wookie become Top-level Projects. Allura, Blur, CloudStack, Crunch, cTAKES, DeviceMap, Drill, Hadoop Development Tools, Helix, Marmotta, Ripple, Streams, and Syncope entered the Incbuator. Apache AWF, HISE, Kato, Kitty, and PhotArk retired from the Incubator. Milestone project releases include Deltacloud 1.0, Hadoop 1.0, Nutch 2.0, TomEE 1.0, Traffic Server 3.2, and Wicket 6.0. New Executive Committee is appointed: Doug Cutting as Chair, Greg Stein as Vice Chair, Jim Jagielski as President, Ross Gardler as Executive Vice President, Craig L Russell as Secretary, Chris Mattmann as Treasurer, and Sam Ruby as Assistant Secretary. ASF Officers that now serve at the direction of the President are: Vice President, Brand Management; Vice President, Fundraising; Vice President, Marketing and Publicity; and Vice President, Conference Planning. The office of Vice President, Java Community Process is dissolved. 46 new ASF Members were elected this year. Citrix became an ASF Sponsor, joining Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! at the Platinum level; AMD, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, and Matt Mullenweg at the Gold level; GoDaddy, Huawei, and In Motion Hosting joined Basis Technology, Cloudera, PSW GROUP, SpringSource, and WANdisco at the Silver level; and Intuit and Twitter joined BlueNog, Digital Primates, Intuit, Joost, Liip AG SA Ltd, Lucid Imagination, Talend, and Two Sigma Investments at the Bronze level. The ASF returned to Europe with the ApacheCon Europe Community Edition in Sinsheim, Germany, underwritten and hosted by SAP.

Highlights: 2013
Apache Ambari, Bloodhound, Chukwa, Clerezza, CloudStack, Crunch, cTAKES, Curator, DeltaSpike, Etch, Helix, jclouds, JSPWiki, Marmotta, Mesos, Oltu, Onami, OpenMeetings, graduate as Top-level Projects. Aurora, BatchEE, Curator, Falcon, jclouds, Knox, log4cxx2, MetaModel, MRQL, Olingo, Open Climate Workbench, Phoenix, Provisionr, Samza, Sentry, Sirona, Spark, Storm, Stratos, Tajo, Tez, Twill, Usergrid entered the Apache Incubator. Apache Provisionr retired from the Incubator. Milestone project releases include Cassandra 1.2 and 2.0, OpenOffice 4.0, and Subversion 1.8.0. Apache Struts 1 announces End-Of-Life, and recommends Struts 2 as successor. Apache C++ Standard Library (STDCXX), ESME, and XMLBeans moved to the Attic. The ASF issues a statement on Oracle's Technology Compatibility Kit License. Shane Curcuru, Doug Cutting, Bertrand Delacretaz, Roy Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, Sam Ruby, and Greg Stein were elected to the ASF Board of Directors. The office of Vice President, Conference Planning, was dissolved; committee was renamed to Events Planning. 36 new ASF Members were elected, bringing the active membership to 468 individuals. ASF Sponsors are Citrix, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! at the Platinum level; AMD, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, and Matt Mullenweg at the Gold level; Basis Technology, Cloudera, GoDaddy, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, PSW GROUP, SpringSource, and WANdisco at the Silver level; and BlueNog, Digital Primates, Intuit, Joost, Liip AG SA Ltd, Lucid Imagination, Talend, Twitter, and Two Sigma Investments at the Bronze level. Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) committed to become the provider of Apache server hosting and bandwidth in Europe. The ASF was accepted into the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as a mentoring organization for the ninth consecutive year; hundreds of students have been mentored in "The Apache Way" under the guidance of the ASF Community Development Project, with many continuing to be long-term code committers on a variety of Apache projects, as well as some active program participants elected as ASF Members. ApacheCon North America took place in Portland, Oregon.

Highlights: 2014
The ASF exceeded 2 Million code commits: the two millionth revision was by ASF Member Daniel Kulp on behalf of the Apache CXF Project. The Apache HTTP Server remains the world's leading Web server: the Netcraft September Web Server Survey exceeded a billion Websites, stating "Apache truly dominates this market, with more than half of all active sites choosing to use Apache software". Interest in Apache's projects continued to boom, accelerating development and participation by 100% in four years: Apache Allura, Celix, Knox, Olingo, Open Climate Workbench, Phoenix, Spark, Storm, Stratos, Tajo, Tez, VXQuery became Top-level Projects. Argus, Brooklyn, Calcite, DataFu, Flink, HTrace, Ignite, Johnzon, Lens, Parquet, REEF, Slider, Tamaya, and Taverna entered the Apache Incubator. Milestone project releases included Cayenne 3.1, CloudStack 4.3, Log4j 2, SpamAssassin 3.4.0, and Spark 1.0. Apache Click was retired to the Attic. Apache OpenOffice reached a major adoption milestone with 100 million downloads. Apache TomEE won a Duke's Choice and Geek Choice Award; DeltaSpike, dubbed "the Swiss Army Knife of modern Java EE" won a Duke's Choice Award. The ASF Celebrated Document Freedom Day, with numerous Apache Projects supporting standards-based document accessibility and interoperability. Rich Bowen, Doug Cutting, Bertrand Delacretaz, Ross Gardler, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, Sam Ruby, and Greg Stein were elected to the ASF Board of Directors. The ASF boasts 505 active Members and 4,081 Apache Committers. The ASF Infrastructure team continues to keep the ASF's multi-datacenter, multi-cloud deployment running 24x7x365 on multiple continents, distributing terabytes of artifacts per week and archiving more than 11 million Apache email messages. Apache's repositories changed greatly with the introduction of Git to the source code management system four years ago; since then the original Subversion repository had been decentralized and augmented with 268 Git repositories, and a robust GitHub presence with 564 different repositories. In addition, the Infrastructure team launched a new status service that provides extensive information about the health of the Apache infrastructure and activity within its projects, as well as a new code signing service for Java, Windows and Android applications for any Apache project to use to sign their releases. The ASF provided new "Powered by Apache" graphical assets for Apache projects, developers, and users to identify their affiliation with products and initiatives under the Apache umbrella. The ASF continues to flourish thanks to support from Platinum Sponsors Citrix, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Gold Sponsors Cloudera, Comcast, HP, Hortonworks, and IBM; Silver Sponsors Budget Direct, Cerner, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, Pivotal, Produban, and WANdisco; and Bronze Sponsors Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend, and Twitter. The ASF decided to accept donations using Bitcoin, and received more than 90 transactions within 48 hours of opening its Bitcoin wallet. ApacheCon North America took place in Denver, Colorado, and ApacheCon Europe was held in Budapest, Hungary.

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Monday Nov 17, 2014

Apache CouchDB™ Adds Clustering and Big Data Capabilities With 2.0 Developer Preview Release of Its Popular NoSQL Database

Horizontal scalability and distributed workloads brings enterprise functionality to the database that kickstarted the NoSQL movement.

At ApacheCon Europe 2014, the Apache CouchDB™ project today announced a Developer Preview release of its CouchDB 2.0 document database. The Developer Preview release brings all-new clustering technology to the Open Source NoSQL database, enabling a range of big data capabilities that include being able to store, replicate, sync, and process large amounts of data distributed across individual servers, data centers, and geographical regions in any deployment configuration, including private, hybrid, and multi-cloud.

"The Developer Preview release of CouchDB 2.0 delivers on our goal of bringing Apache CouchDB to the enterprise," said Jan Lehnardt, Vice President of Apache CouchDB. "Flexibility and scalability are becoming increasingly important, and it's crucial that data can be stored wherever, accessed whenever, and processed however. Combined with the success of our unique sync protocol that enables flawless mobile-first and offline work capabilities, clustering promises to propel CouchDB into the core of many business."

Apache CouchDB is the database that kickstarted the NoSQL movement. It has been built from the ground up with high performance and fault-tolerance in mind. Unlike SQL, NoSQL frees developers from having to make any decisions in advance, allowing data to be captured in any form, with structuring, filtering, and querying being done after the fact.

In earlier versions of CouchDB, databases could be replicated across as many individual servers as needed, but each server was limited by vertical scaling. With the clustering introduced in the Developer Preview, databases can now be distributed across many servers, adding horizontal scaling capability to CouchDB. This technology works by borrowing many principles from Amazon's Dynamo paper, and improves the overall performance, durability, and high-availability of large-scale CouchDB deployments.

Also in the Developer Preview
Other additions in the Developer Preview include a faster database compactor, a faster replicator, easier setup, re-organised code for easier contributions, a global changes feed, and improved test coverage. This version of CouchDB also includes a new Web dashboard admin interface called Fauxton, with improved user experience design, rich query editors, and a management interface for replication. (A screenshot of Fauxton is available at https://cloudup.com/cQXYSXhhSLj)

Beyond CouchDB 2.0
Also announced today are plans for upcoming new features, including a declarative ad-hoc querying system that standardises around the de facto MongoDB query syntax. This feature promises to open up CouchDB to a whole new segment of developers familiar with SQL who want to use something that feels familiar and allows for casual use.

Get Involved
The Apache CouchDB community encourages feedback as it works towards the 2.0 General Availability release, which is expected early 2015. Those interested in becoming involved with Apache CouchDB are invited to participate in or contribute to any of the project's three IRC channels, eight mailing lists, or 45 Git repositories.

Governance and Oversight
As with all Apache products, CouchDB software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. The Apache CouchDB Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. 

About Apache CouchDB™
Apache CouchDB is the database that kickstarted the NoSQL movement. It has been built from the ground up with high performance and fault-tolerance in mind. CouchDB enables users to easily store, replicate, sync, and process large amounts of data, distributed across mobile devices, servers, data centers, and geographical regions in any deployment configuration, including private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments.

CouchDB entered the Apache Incubator in February 2008 and became an Apache Top-level Project in November of the same year. Visit http://couchdb.apache.org/ for downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache CouchDB.

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