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Friday Jan 08, 2016

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

It's the first week into 2016 and we're off to a great start. Here's what we've been up to:

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: 20 January 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 yielded a stellar 99.97% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: Apache:Big Data North America - Vancouver 9-12 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp
 - Call For Participation: ApacheCon:Core North America - Vancouver 11-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Applications OPEN: Travel Assistance to ApacheCon North America http://www.apache.org/travel/

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

Apache Directory™ Studio –a complete directory tooling platform intended to be used with any LDAP server however it is particularly designed for use with ApacheDS.
 - Apache Directory Studio 2.0-0-M10 released http://directory.apache.org/studio/downloads.html

Apache Commons™ Math –a library of lightweight, self-contained mathematics and statistics components addressing the most common practical problems not immediately available in the Java programming language or commons-lang.
 - Apache Commons Math 3.6 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-math/download_math.cgi

Apache HttpComponents™ –a set of low level HTTP transport components that can be used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.
 - HttpComponents Core 5.0 alpha1 released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.3.13 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache OODT™ –provides metadata for middleware, and vice versa: transparent access to distributed resources; data discovery and query optimization; distributed processing and virtual archives.
 - Apache OODT 0.11 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/oodt

Apache Turbine™ –a servlet based framework that allows experienced Java developers to quickly build secure Web applications.
 - Apache Turbine 4.0-M2 released http://turbine.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that California's non-profit Cal INDEX statewide health information exchange runs on Apache Cassandra? http://cassandra.apache.org/

 - Did you know that load testing experience with Apache JMeter is the most in-demand requirement from recruiters over the 4 other most popular leading load tools combined? http://jmeter.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can track Apache Project community activities as well as the personal blogs + tweets of select ASF Committers on @PlanetApache? https://twitter.com/planetapache


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - Open Source Analytics will present "Continuous Data Management for Hadoop and Spark – On-Premise or in the Cloud" on 12 January in Boston http://www.meetup.com/Open-Source-Analytics-Boston/events/226759308/

 - Seattle Data Science will host a JumpStart on Apache Spark on 12 January http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Data-Science/events/226688163/

 - The San Francisco Bay Area Big Data and Scalable Systems will hold an introduction to Apache Tajo on 14 January http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Big-Data-and-Scalable-Systems/events/227248757/

 - Apache Spark will be featured at Data Day Texas on 16 January in Austin http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/226622137/

 - The ASF will be participating at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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 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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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 Jan 01, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 1 January 2016

Happy New Year! We're excited to kick off 2016 with another week of accomplishments from 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: 20 January 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 yielded a masterful 99.95% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: Apache:Big Data North America - Vancouver 9-12 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp
 - Call For Participation: ApacheCon:Core North America - Vancouver 11-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Applications OPEN: Travel Assistance to ApacheCon North America http://www.apache.org/travel/

Apache Atlas (incubating) –a scalable and extensible set of core foundational governance services that enables enterprises to effectively and efficiently meet their compliance requirements within Apache Hadoop and allows integration with the whole enterprise data ecosystem.
 - Apache Atlas 0.6-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/atlas/0.6.0-incubating/

Apache Commons™ JEXL –a library intended to facilitate the implementation of dynamic and scripting features in applications and frameworks written in Java.
 - Apache Commons JEXL 3.0 released https://commons.apache.org/jexl/download_jexl.cgi

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.0-M1 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can help test the Apache CouchDB 2.0 candidate early builds? http://s.apache.org/u3y

 - Did you know that the Amazon DynamoDB Storage Backend for Titan now offers query execution engine and compatibility improvements using Apache TinkerPop (incubating)? http://tinkerpop.incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that in 2015 the Apache Incubator welcomed 29 new podlings, graduated 9 Top-Level Projects, and retired 6 projects? http://incubator.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The ASF will be participating at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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 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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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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Saturday Dec 26, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 25 December 2015

The collective Apache Community wishes you happy holidays and New Year! As the year winds down, we're still hard at work: here's what's happened this week:

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.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August-October 2015 http://s.apache.org/M0R
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 January 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 yielded a fabulous 99.96% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: Apache:Big Data North America - Vancouver 9-12 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp
 - Call For Participation: ApacheCon:Core North America - Vancouver 11-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Applications OPEN: Travel Assistance to ApacheCon North America http://www.apache.org/travel/

Apache Directory™ LDAP API 3– an ongoing effort to provide an enhanced LDAP API, as a replacement for JNDI and the existing LDAP API (jLdap and Mozilla LDAP API).
 - Apache Directory LDAP API 1.0.0-M33 released http://directory.apache.org/api/downloads.html

Apache DS™ –an extensible and embeddable directory server entirely written in Java, which has been certified LDAPv3 compatible by the Open Group.
 - ApacheDS 2.0.0-M21 released http://directory.apache.org/apacheds/downloads.html

Apache HTTP Server™ –the world's most popular Web server since 1996.
 - Apache HTTP Server 2.4.18 released http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache Knox™ – a REST API Gateway for providing secure access to the data and processing resources of Hadoop clusters.
 - Apache Knox 0.7.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/knox/0.7.0

Apache Kylin™ –an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Hadoop supporting extremely large datasets.
 - Apache Kylin 1.2 released http://kylin.apache.org/download/

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable dataflow system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.4.1 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library that enables developers to implement OData service providers (server) and consumers (clients).
 - Apache Olingo 4.1.0 released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/odata4/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 3.14-beta1 released http://poi.apache.org/download.html

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Finnish Savings Banks Group uses Apache Wicket for scalability and security? http://wicket.apache.org/

 - Did you know that social media management system AgoraPulse uses the Apache Groovy ecosystem for significant boost in productivity and agility? http://groovy.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Syncope leads in CrowdReviews.com's Cloud and desktop categories for best Identity Management Software? http://syncope.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The ASF will be participating (exhibition booth, Developer Rooms, and more) at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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 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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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 Dec 18, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 18 December 2015

The Apache community of 550+ Members and 5,200+ Committers successfully collaborate across seven continents. Even as the year winds down, we're still hard at work! Here's what's happened over the past week:

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.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August-October 2015 http://s.apache.org/M0R
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 January 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 yielded a fabulous 99.96% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: Apache:Big Data North America - Vancouver 9-12 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp
 - Call For Participation: ApacheCon:Core North America - Vancouver 11-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Applications OPEN: Travel Assistance to ApacheCon North America http://www.apache.org/travel/

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 Oak 1.2.9 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Jena™ –an Open Source Java-based framework for building Semantic Web and Linked Data applications.
 - Apache Jena 3.0.1 released http://jena.apache.org/download/

Apache libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache libcloud 0.20.0 released http://libcloud.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 5.4.0 released https://lucene.apache.org/core/5_4_0/changes/Changes.html

Apache MyFaces™ –a JavaServer(tm) Faces 2.2 implementation as specified by JSR-344.
 - Apache MyFaces Core v2.2.9 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data. Apache NiFi was made for dataflow.
 - Apache NiFi 0.4.0 released http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Nutch™ –a well matured, production ready Web crawler that enables fine-grained configuration, relying on Apache Hadoop data structures, which are great for batch processing.
 - Apache Nutch 1.11 released http://nutch.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Solr™ –the popular, blazing fast, Open Source NoSQL search platform from the Apache Lucene project.
 - Apache Solr 5.4.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html
 - Reference Guide for Apache Solr 5.4 available https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/ref-guide/

Apache Subversion™ –enterprise-class centralized version control for the masses.
 - Apache Subversion 1.8.15 and 1.9.3 released http://subversion.apache.org/download/#supported-releases

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDKs.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.1.34 and 1.2.3 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-native.cgi

Apache Yetus™ –a collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects.
 - Apache Yetus 0.1.0 released https://yetus.apache.org/downloads/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Flink now supports out of order streams, high availability, real-time monitoring, and more? http://flink.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Groovy has been downloaded more than 11 million times since the beginning of 2015? http://groovy.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache project birthdays in December include Apache Portable Runtime (2000); Apache Logging Services (2003); Cayenne, OFBiz, and Tiles (2006); Synapse (2007); Camel (2008); Axis, OpenWebBeans, Pivot (2009); Aries (2010); ACE (2011); Flex and Wink (2012); Helix (2013); Falcon and Flink (2014)? https://projects.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - Data Scientists Project Group will present "Intro to Data Analysis with Scala and Spark" on 19 December in Mountain Viewhttp://www.meetup.com/StudyGroups/events/225889391/

 - The Kathmandu Apache Spark Meetup presents "Introduction to Apache Spark - Lightning-Fast Cluster Computing" on 19 December http://www.meetup.com/Kathmandu-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/226446244/

 - The first Apache Spark@Hsinchu 新竹 MeetUp will take place 23 December http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Spark-Hsinchu/events/227227891/

 - Ankara Big Data MeetUp presents "Hadoop Ecosystem" on 23 December http://www.meetup.com/ankara-big-data-meetup/events/227108556/

 - The Bay Area Search MeetUp will be held 23 December in San Jose http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Search/events/225377136/

 - The ASF will be participating (exhibition booth, Developer Rooms, and more) at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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 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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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 Dec 13, 2015

Applications now Open for Travel Assistance to ApacheCon North America 2016

The Apache Software Foundation's Travel Assistance Committee (TAC) have announced that applications for travel assistance to ApacheCon North America 2016 are now open.

ApacheCon North America will take place 9-13 May 2016 in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.

This year's ApacheCon is split into two separate themed events:

 - Apache:Big Data --the Apache projects and people working in Big Data, ubiquitous computing, data engineering, and science
 - ApacheCon:Core --the technologies, projects, and communities driving the future of Open Source, ubiquitious and emerging Web solutions, and Cloud computing


Event details and are available at http://apachecon.com/ ; the Calls for Participation for both events are also open.

Important: due to the short timeframe of each event, only applications from those who are able to attend BOTH events will be considered. Applications close on 2 March 2, 2016. Please ensure your application contains as much supporting material as required to efficiently and accurately process your request. 

The TAC exists to help those that would like to attend ApacheCon events, but are unable to do so for financial reasons. For more information, and to apply, please visit http://www.apache.org/travel/ As with previous years, the TAC team anticipates a high volume of applications from a diverse range of backgrounds, and therefore encourage those considering to submit an application to do so as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

-Sally Khudairi, on behalf of the TAC team

Friday Dec 11, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 11 December 2015

We've had another greatly productive week at the ASF! Here's what's 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.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August-October 2015 http://s.apache.org/M0R
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 December. 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 yielded a fabulous 99.96% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: Apache:Big Data North America - Vancouver 9-12 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp
 - Call For Participation: ApacheCon:Core North America - Vancouver 11-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp
 - Applications OPEN: Travel Assistance to ApacheCon North America http://www.apache.org/travel/

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 1.3.2 released http://allura.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ Configuration –Open Source software library provides a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Apache Commons Configuration 2.0-beta2 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-configuration/download_configuration.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 2.11.3, Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.25, and Jackrabbit Oak 1.3.12 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kylin™ –Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data distributed analytics engine.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Kylin as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/GZx

Apache log4net™ –a tool to help the programmer output log statements to a variety of output targets.
 - Apache log4net 1.2.15 released http://logging.apache.org/log4net/download_log4net.cgi

Apache Nutch™ –a well matured, production ready Web crawler that enables fine-grained configuration, relying on Apache Hadoop data structures, which are great for batch processing.
 - Apache Nutch 1.11 released http://nutch.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Stratos™ –a PaaS framework that is designed to address the various challenges currently faced in the Cloud PaaS space.
 - Apache Stratos 4.1.5 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/stratos

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.67 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi and Apache Tomcat 8.0.30 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can help test the the Apache httpd (Apache HTTP Web Server) 2.4.18 candidate? http://s.apache.org/9Lg

 - Did you know that health insurance providers Oscar uses Apache Mesos and Apache Aurora to manage the fault tolerant deployment, scheduling, and resource management of their services and jobs? http://mesos.apache.org/ and http://aurora.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Big Data projects Impala, Kudu, and Metron have entered the Apache Incubator as new podlings this month? http://incubator.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - Apache Spark - Introduction to Spark Streaming and Deep dive will be held 12 December in Bangalore http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Developers-in-Bangalore/events/227008581/

 - New York City Data Science will hold its Hadoop & Spark Panel Discussion on 14 December http://www.meetup.com/Metis-New-York-Data-Science/events/226677813/

 - Toronto Apache Spark #4 will be held 14 December http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Apache-Spark/events/226531082/

 - Spark on Mesos - "The Road Less Travelled" & Profiling users using Spark will be held 15 December in Tel Aviv http://www.meetup.com/Big-things-are-happening-here/events/225339994/

 - Bangalore Hadoop Meetups will hold a General Big Data MeetUp on 16 December http://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Hadoop-Meetups/events/227206435/

 - The Apache Spark Workshop will be held 16 December in Cluj-Napoca http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Data-Science-Meetup-Cluj-Napoca/events/227169515/

 - The Bay Area In-Memory Computing Meetup will present "In-Memory Computing with Apache Ignite" on 16 December in Sunnyvale http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-In-Memory-Computing/events/226754108/

 - Houston's first Spark MeetUp will be held 17 December http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Spark-Meetup/events/227185659/

 - Data Scientists Project Group will present "Intro to Data Analysis with Scala and Spark" on 19 December in Mountain View http://www.meetup.com/StudyGroups/events/225889391/

 - The Kathmandu Apache Spark Meetup presents "Introduction to Apache Spark - Lightning-Fast Cluster Computing" on 19 December http://www.meetup.com/Kathmandu-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/226446244/

 - The first Apache Spark@Hsinchu 新竹 MeetUp will take place 23 December http://www.meetup.com/Apache-Spark-Hsinchu/events/227227891/

 - Ankara Big Data MeetUp presents "Hadoop Ecosystem" on 23 December http://www.meetup.com/ankara-big-data-meetup/events/227108556/

 - The Bay Area Search MeetUp will be held 23 December in San Jose http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Search/events/225377136/

 - The ASF will be participating (exhibition booth, Developer Rooms, and more) at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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 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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Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

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

Open Source petabyte-scale Big Data Distributed Analytics Engine in use at eBay, Exponential, JD.com, Meituan, MiningLAMP, and NetEase, among others.

Forest Hill, MD –8 December 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 Kylin 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 Kylin is an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide a SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets. 

"Apache Kylin's incubation journey has demonstrated the value of Open Source governance at ASF and the power of building an open-source community and ecosystem around the project," said Luke Han, Vice President of Apache Kylin. "Our community is engaging the world's biggest local developer community in alignment with the Apache Way."

A leading OLAP-on-Hadoop solution, Apache Kylin fills the gap between Big Data exploration and human use, enabling interactive analysis on massive datasets with sub-second latency for analysts, end users, developers, and data enthusiasts. With these capabilities, Apache Kylin brings back business intelligence (BI) to Apache Hadoop to unleash the value of Big Data. Kylin originated at eBay, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in November 2014.

"Apache Kylin brings Big Data to the enterprise and enables petabyte scale analytics on all the existing enterprise BI tools," said Debashis Saha, Vice President of Commerce Platform and Infrastructure at eBay. "We are extremely happy to do this in a community-driven manner and we look forward to continued innovation and collaboration of community members to advance Big Data OLAP."

"Apache Kylin provides a fantastic solution which enabled us to do 'real' interactive analysis on large-scale data without significant query latency anymore," said Yinan Wu, Lead of Data Platform at NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES). "Many thanks to the Apache Kylin team. Apache Kylin will definitely benefit more users who are interested in OLAP for Big Data."

"As one of the mentors for Apache Kylin it was a pleasure to work with the team," said Henry Saputra, ASF Member and Apache Incubator Project Management Committee member. "The team learned the Apache Way very quickly and have been developing in the open as part of decision-making and adding new committers. As a mentor of the project it was just a matter of providing guidance in the right direction to go --the team just executed to deliver high quality releases."

In addition, Kylin has relationships to several other Apache projects. "We have tightly integrated Apache Calcite as our SQL Engine, and we provided Kylin Interpreter to Apache Zeppelin," added Han. "Also, Kylin is big consumer of Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, HBase and Zookeeper, together with these other key members of the Big Data family, ASF is a natural home for Kylin."

Global adoption of Apache Kylin
Apache Kylin is in use at different organizations world wide, with rapid adoption as a critical analytic platform for the fastest growing Big Data market in China.

"It is great to see Apache Kylin graduate to a Top Level Project within a relatively short period of time," said Seshu Adunuthula, Director of ADI at eBay. "It has been an exciting journey seeing the community evolve around Kylin, adopting it and contributing to its newer capabilities. Several companies in addition to eBay are now using Kylin as their Big Data OLAP engines."

"Apache Kylin and its low query latency with ANSI SQL on extreme datasets feature helped us to replace legacy RMDBs of JD.com's JCloud Open API platform, which eliminated the challenges of extreme data growth and smoothly expanding our capacity," said Ling Zhu, Sr. Director of Cloud Platform at JD.com (NASDAQ: JD). "With insight on JOS API statistics data, growing by more than 700 million records every day, Apache Kylin enabled us to do multi-dimensional analysis on tens of billions of reconrds with latency in seconds."

"We have helped many of our customers with Apache Kylin to set up end-to-end business intelligence solutions," said Shicong Feng, CTO at MiningLAMP. "Apache Kylin has proved to be a very useful and powerful tool for multi-dimensional data analysis and reporting in the Big Data area, I would recommend Apache Kylin to anyone interested in making BI solutions on massive amounts of data."

"Apache Kylin is the best Open Source project for Meituan's data warehouse requirements among of other analytics technologies, with its great features including sub-second query latency on a billion records with high scalability and seamless integration with BI products," said Wen Li, Sr. Researcher of Engineering and Technology at Meituan.com. "The excellent support from Apache Kylin community enabled Meituan's Big Data team to respond quickly for a variety of needs from multi-product lines. We are looking forward to Apache Kylin continuing their good work and quickly evolving to bring more value to Big Data industry."

"Apache Kylin is the best OLAP engine on Big Data so far," said Wilson Pang, Senior Director of Data Services and Solutions at eBay. "At eBay, we collect every user behavior on every eBay screen. While other OLAP engines struggle with the data volume, Kylin enables query responses in the milliseconds. Moreover, we are also starting to leverage Kylin for near real time data streaming storage and analytics engine. All together, Kylin serves as a critical backend component for eBay’s product analytics platform."

"Working with the Apache Kylin team to bring Kylin through incubation to top-level status has been really exciting for me," said Ted Dunning, Apache Kylin incubator mentor, Vice President of the Apache Incubator, and Chief Application Architect at MapR Technologies. "The technical aspects of Kylin are exciting, of course, but just as exciting is the way that Kylin represents a growing involvement of Asian countries like China in the Open Source community."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Kylin 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 Kylin, visit http://kylin.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheKylin

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members and 4,700 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, 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 Dec 04, 2015

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 4 December 2015

Welcome, December! Here's what's happened at The Apache Software Foundation over the past week:

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.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August-October 2015 http://s.apache.org/M0R
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 December. 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 yielded a fantastic 99.97% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon North America - Vancouver 9-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp

Apache BookKeeper™ –a reliable replicated log service.
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.3.2 released http://bookkeeper.apache.org/releases.html

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.15.5 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache CloudStack™ –Open Source Cloud orchestration software designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform.
 - The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6 http://s.apache.org/VfP

Apache Commons™ Collections –a project to develop and maintain collection classes based on and inspired by the JDK collection framework.
 - Apache Commons Collections 4.1 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-collections/download_collections.cgi

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that approximately 75% of the ASF's annual budget is dedicated to keeping Apache Infrastructure running critical support services around the clock with 99%+ uptime over the past year? http://status.apache.org/sla

 - Did you know that the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-funded BioSolr project (developed to significantly advance the state of the art with regard to indexing and querying biomedical data with freely available open source software) has contributed part of the work back to the Apache Solr repository? http://lucene.apache.org/solr/

 - Did you know that Apache Apex (Incubating) is the industry’s first ever YARN native engine that fulfills the disruptive promise of big data? http://apex.incubator.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The Spark Bootcamp will take place online and in-person in San Ramon on 5 December 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Emerging-Technologies-Conference/events/226246926/

 - The Kafka Meetup @ LinkedIn will take place 5 December 2015 in Bangalore http://www.meetup.com/Bangalore-Apache-Kafka-Group/events/225963923/

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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 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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Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6

Easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud orchestration platform that "just works" features improved virtualization, integration, storage, networking support, performance, and more.

Forest Hill, MD —1 December 2015— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6, the turnkey Open Source cloud computing software platform used for creating private-, public-, and hybrid cloud environments.

Apache CloudStack clouds enable billions of dollars' worth of business transactions annually across their clouds, and its maturity and stability has led it to has become the Open Source platform for many service providers to set up on-demand, elastic public cloud computing services, as well as enterprises and others to set up a private or hybrid cloud for use by their own employees.

"This 4.6 release of Apache CloudStack marks a significant shift in how we release CloudStack," said Sebastien Goasguen, Vice President of Apache CloudStack. "With a focus on quality and speed of releasing software, we implemented a new release workflow which allows us to have a production-ready release branch all the time, and allows us to quickly release new features. From now on, CloudStack will be released much faster without regression and with increased quality in each version."

Recognized as the Cloud orchestration platform that "just works", CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources.

Under the Hood

CloudStack v4.6 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:
  • NuageVsp Network Plugin
  • Bind integration with Globo DNSAPI
  • SAML 2.0 Plugin
  • Managed storage for KVM
  • Improved CloudByte Storage Plugin
  • Use SSH for commands sent to Virtual-Router
  • Baremetal Advanced Networking Support
  • Instance Password Generation length can now be changed

A complete overview of all new enhancements are detailed in the project release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.6.0/index.html

Apache CloudStack Compatibility Matrix

Supported OS Versions for Management Server
  • RHEL versions 6.3, 6.5, 6.6 and 7.0
  • CentOS versions 6.6, 7.0
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Supported Hypervisor Versions

Apache CloudStack supports three hypervisor families, XenServer with XAPI, KVM, and VMware with vSphere:
  • LXC Host Containers on RHEL 7
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Hyper-V Role enabled)
  • Hyper-V 2012 R2
  • CentOS 6.2+ with KVM
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 with KVM
  • XenServer versions 6.1, 6.2 SP1 and 6.5 with latest hotfixes
  • VMware versions 5.0 Update 3a, 5.1 Update 2a, and 5.5 Update 2

Bare Metal Hosts

Bare metal hosts, which have no hypervisor, are also supported. These hosts can run the following operating systems:
  • RHEL or CentOS, v6.2 or 6.3
  • Fedora 17
  • Ubuntu 12.04

More information on the CloudStack Compatibility Matrix can be found at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.6.0/compat.html

CloudStack v4.6 reflects more than 200 bug fixes from previous releases. The list of fixed issues can be found at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.6.0/fixed_issues.html

Apache CloudStack is in use/production at thousands of organizations worldwide that includes BIT.Group GmbH, BT Cloud, China Telecom, CloudOps, DATACENTER Services, DataCentrix, Datapipe, EVRY, Exaserve, Exoscale, IDC Frontier, iKoula, Imperial College, INRIA, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LeaseWeb, M5 Hosting Inc., Melbourne University, Reliable Networks, Redbridge, SafeSwiss Cloud, Schuberg Philis, ShapeBlue, Tranquil Hosting, Trader Media Group, University of Cologne, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others.

"With the 4.6 release the Apache CloudStack continues to mature adding important new functionality that will benefit CloudCentral's customers," said Kristoffer Sheather, Founder & Chief of Australian cloud services provider CloudCentral, who have been using Apache CloudStack since 2010. "The new Redundant Routers for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) networks feature will ensure continuous availability of customer VPC networks, and Browser Based Template & Volume Upload will make it easier for our customers to import and use their choice of operating system ISO images and import VM templates from other cloud systems."

"CloudOps is very excited about the release of Apache CloudStack 4.6, which represents significant improvements in feature set and quality," said Ian Rae, CEO of CloudOps. "We are proud of our involvement in this landmark release and look forward to supporting our customers achieve operational success in upgrading to and operating clouds based on this release. Apache
CloudStack is the best kept secret in open source cloud computing and has a global user base of cloud operators many of whom contribute to the project."

"The 4.6 release of Apache CloudStack brings new features and fixes bugs which are critical for our Aurora cloud offering at PCextreme," said Wido den Hollander, CEO of PCextreme. "We've worked hard with the community to get 4.6 released. The committers working at PCextreme resolved multiple issues and also introduced new features in CloudStack including a new StatsCollector output to Graphite and better support for CEPH. This new release allows us to grow our cloud even further."

"I'm very excited with launch of the Apache CloudStack version 4.6," said Cyrano Rizzo, CIO of the University of Sao-Paulo. "This version brought many new features and benefits, such as the case in resilience with the new redundant router for VPC, the capability to rapid deployment, demo and test to run the Apache CloudStack inside Docker that will speed the growth, the possibility to manage the resources with Graphite, the ease of upload templates and volumes, among many others, this version also brought many improvements, I'm very happy with one in particular that makes SAML plugin to production grade, this functionality is helping me to build a huge project called interCloud that intend to federate many public universities across the Brazil with Single Sign On."

CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and graduated as an Apache Software Foundation Top-level Project in March 2013.

Availability
CloudStack v4.6 is available immediately as a free download from http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.html. Apache CloudStack software is released under the Apache License v2.0.

Governance and Oversight
Apache CloudStack 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.

Get Involved!
Apache CloudStack welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Catch Apache CloudStack in action at the next CloudStack European User Group on 3 March 2016 in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-19726408218

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 4,700 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, 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 Nov 27, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: August-October 2015

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (August-October 2015)

"From the Apache HTTP Server to Apache Spark, via Apache Hadoop, Apache Geronimo and Apache CloudStack and almost 150 other projects, the Apache Software Foundation has set the standard for modern application and infrastructure software as well as the open source collaborative processes through which it is developed." --Matt Aslett, research director, 451 Research


> President's Statement:
 Another quarter of growth for the ASF in almost every respect. We welcomed a number of new sponsors, organizations and individuals we remain deeply grateful to. Without these "no strings attached" sponsorships we would not be able to provide the vendor neutral collaboration space we create for our communities. Talking of money and sponsorship, did you know that from May to October this year we spent a few cents over $2,035 per project, at that spend rate we will spend a shade over $4,000 per project for the full year. Where else can you find software that changes the world for such a low overhead cost?

We manage to achieve this through our unique governance approach which rewards those who invest time and resources into our projects. For Apache cash (and the things cash can buy) is not what builds viable open source communities. At the ASF the creation and management of a vendor neutral space is the key. Over the last 20+ years our model has proven successful time and time again. That vendor neutral space enables communities of collaborating software developers to flourish, even where those individual developers are gainfully employed by competing organizations.

It is our sponsors who give us the freedom to create this space, it is our volunteers who create the communities and code within that space. We salute them all.

Talking of communities, during the last quarter, we gradated 5 incubator communities to Top Level status:

  • Apache Ignite - High-performance, integrated and distributed in-memory platform for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time
  • Apache Lens - A unified analytics platform 
  • Apache Serf - high performance C-based HTTP client library built upon the Apache Portable Runtime (APR) library
  • Apache Usergrid - The BaaS Framework you run 
  • Apache Yetus - A collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects. 

We also had the honor of welcoming 5 new communities into our Incubator:

  • Apex - an enterprise grade native YARN big data-in-motion platform that unifies stream processing as well as batch processing
  • HAWQ - an advanced enterprise SQL on Hadoop analytic engine built around a robust and high-performance massively-parallel processing (MPP) SQL framework
  • MADLib - Big Data Machine Learning in SQL for Data Scientists
  • Rya - a cloud-based RDF triple store that supports SPARQL queries
  • Unomi - reference implementation of the OASIS Context Server specification

This brings the total of communities in the ASF to 171 Top Level Project communities and 44 Incubating communities. For more information on our projects see the Apache Projects Directory (https://projects.apache.org/)

We've also had a busy quarter with respect to events. ApacheCon Europe was joined by the inaugural Apache Big Data Europe in Budapest (thanks to the Linux Foundation who produce these events for us) while ApacheCon Roadshow returned to China for the first time since 2011 (thanks to KAIYUANSHE for producing this one). There have been far too many meetups around the world for us to list here, but we have a page showing the next two weeks worth of Apache related meetups (http://www.apache.org/events/meetups.html; updated weekly). Our Travel Assistance Committee helped a good number of people attend the event, an initiative that helps to ensure those not normally able to afford travel and conference tickets to engage directly with our communities – again we must thank our sponsors for their support of this work.

Finally, the Call For Papers for both Apache BigData NA (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america/program/cfp) and ApacheCon Core NA (http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp) is now open. Please send us your proposals.

> Community and Events: ApacheCon EU took place in Budapest in October. This was the first time we split the event into two components, one with a Big Data focus, the other with an Apache Community focus. Combined attendance was over 600 a number kept artificially low by the political situation in the region at this time. Nevertheless, the events were a great success and we are repeated the dual conference approach for ApacheCon North America May 2016 (see http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-north-america and http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-core-north-america for CFP and registration details)

For the first time Apache will have official representation at FOSDEM in Belgium, Jan 2016. We look forward to meeting you there.

Travel Assistance for our conferences is another area that received focus this quarter. Since we partnered with the Linux Foundation to produce the Apache Con events we have been able to work with the Linux Foundation to extend support to more people by combining the Linux Foundations and our own assistance programs. We've worked to simplify the process of applying for support and look forward to supporting more people in their journey to ApacheCon in 2016 and onwards.

> 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.

In this quarter the Secretary processed 237 ICLAs. That's 237 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: The brand management team continues to work on educational materials to help promote our many Apache project brands, as well as showing our volunteer communities effective ways to police third party use of Apache project brands.  We now have a detailed list of trademark and branding resources available for our communities as well as vendors who work with Apache projects: http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/resources

Along with presenting on trademark basics at ApacheCon conferences, our VP of Brand Management was invited to speak on a panel discussion about community owned trademarks at Columbia Law School, at SFLC's annual conference.  Improving awareness of the importance of trademarks to our communities as well as to the Foundation is critical in ensuring long-lived and widely-contributed to software projects.

We are also continuing to seek US trademark registrations for projects that ask for one, as well as improving our ability to register selected Apache project brands in other countries with our limited budget.

> Infrastructure: During this quarter, the main focus (outside of keeping our services running) has been on improving logging and reporting from our systems. In August we reported that we had a "decent baseline of metrics". These monitoring tools are now driving an increased awareness of the performance of our core services, allowing us to focus on areas of pain for our projects. Having said that, as can be seen from the uptime graph below, our service stability has been increasing for some time, and continue to do so. We are very proud of ensuring our projects have a reliable infrastructure on which to collaborate.

For some time now we have been focusing on automating the configuration of our machine in order to allow us to more easily recover from hardware failures and to perform updates. During this quarter we saw what was probably the best example of how our monitoring and automation work is paying off. In August, we lost an LDAP server. This this caused a number of services to cease being useful. Our alerting detected the problem in a timely manner, our infra team were alerted and, thanks to our resilient architecture and configuration management, we were able to provision a new host and have it working again within 12 minutes. A 12 minute Mean-Time-to-Recovery is a stunning statistic that we are very proud to report.

We experienced a DDoS attack on our download mirror redirection CGI script – a script that redirects users who click a download link to their geographically nearest mirror. This took around 12 hours to fully resolve. The resolution included a complete rewrite of the redirection script, which has resulted in a much more efficient process.

In terms of service improvement we have been working on revamping our Mail archive infrastructure. This will provide both a more efficient processing of the huge amounts of mail traffic our projects generate as well as presenting a more useful user interface for the archives. At this time we are focusing on proof of concept work and expect to be moving to production soon.

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

> Financial Statement:

> Fundraising: The ASF thanks its sponsors for their continued support. Hadrian Zbarcea and Jim Jagielski, our VPs of Fundraising, continued our outreach activities and maintain open communication channels with our sponsors. This quarter we added one new silver sponsor: Private Internet Access. We also have an open dialog with a few other organization who expressed interest in sponsoring the ASF.

Currently we are enjoying the support of the following sponsors:

  • 8 Platinum Sponsors: Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, and Yahoo
  • 6 Gold Sponsors: Bloomberg, Comcast, Hewlett Packard,  Hortonworks, IBM, and PhoenixNAP
  • 10 Silver Sponsors: Budget Direct, Cerner, 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

Fundraising is a very important activity for the ASF. The ASF experiences steady growth. Every month there are new promising projects entering the Apache Incubator as well as maturing ones that exit the Incubator to become Top-Level Projects. We rely on our sponsors' generous help for smooth operation, especially for infrastructure which is our main cost center.

We want to use this opportunity to express again our gratitude to our sponsors for being part of our journey.

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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions by ASF President Ross Gardler; Shane Curcuru, Vice President Brand Management; Chris Mattmann, ASF Treasurer, and Tom Pappas, Vice President, Finance & Accounting at Virtual, Inc.; and Hadrian Zbarcea, co-Vice President of Fundraising.
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The Apache News Round-up: week ending 27 November 2015

We appreciate you tuning in to review the activities over the past week at The Apache Software Foundation! Here's what happened:

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 December. 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 yielded a grand 99.96% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Call For Participation: ApacheCon North America - Vancouver 11-13 May 2016 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp

Apache Brooklyn™ –Open Source framework for modelling, deploying, monitoring, and managing applications.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Brooklyn™ as a Top-Level Project http://s.apache.org/cZs

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.16.1 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache Commons™ NET –library that contains a collection of network utilities and protocol implementations.
 - Apache Commons NET 3.4 released http://commons.apache.org/net/

Apache Commons™ Validator –building blocks for both client and server side data validation that may be used standalone or with a framework such as Apache Struts.
 - Apache Commons Validator 1.5.0 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-validator/download_validator.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.24 and 1.2.8 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kafka™ –high-throughput, publish-subscribe messaging system rethought of as a distributed commit log.
 - Apache Kafka 0.9.0.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi?path=/kafka/0.9.0.0/kafka-0.9.0.0-src.tgz

Apache Lens™ –Open Source unified analytics platform.
 - Apache Lens 2.4.0-beta released http://lens.apache.org/releases/download.html

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.0 RC2 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.29 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can now map an Apache Phoenix primary key column to the native row timestamp of Apache HBase? https://blogs.apache.org/phoenix/entry/new_optimization_for_time_series

 - Did you know that Apache Tinkerpop (incubating)'s Gremlin ( graph traversal machine and language) is Turing Complete? http://incubator.apache.org/projects/tinkerpop.html

 - Did you know that in testing the Apache Project Maturity Model to assess an ASF podling's readiness to graduate as an Apache Top-Level Project (TLP), Groovy was used as the "guinea pig"? http://groovy.markmail.org/thread/zdbjrbrzip3t2xxy (and yes: it graduated!)


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - "Get to know CouchDB" will be presented 27 November in Hamburg http://www.silpion.de/event/externes-silpion-knowhowcamp-no1/

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - 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

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

 - The ASF Operations Summary: First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (May-July 2015) is available at http://s.apache.org/c2P

 - 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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Monday Nov 23, 2015

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

Open Source framework for modelling, deploying, monitoring and managing applications in use at Canopy, IBM, SWIFT, and Virtustream, among others.

Forest Hill, MD –23 November 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™ Brooklyn™ 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 Brooklyn is an application blueprint and management platform used for integrating services across multiple data centers as well as and a wide range of software in the Cloud.

"We're very proud of the work that our community has done to bring us to graduation," said Richard Downer, Vice President of Apache Brooklyn. "Our time in the Apache Incubator has given us the opportunity to grow the project, both its community and its code. Users of Brooklyn can now be confident that this is a project that is going to be around for a long time to come."

With modern applications being composed of many components, and increasing interest in micro-services architecture, the deployment and ongoing evolution of deployed apps is an increasingly difficult problem. Apache Brooklyn’s blueprints provide a clear, concise way to model an application, its components and their configuration, and the relationships between components, before deploying to public Cloud or private infrastructure. Policy-based management, built on the foundation of autonomic computing theory, continually evaluates the running application and makes modifications to it to keep it healthy and optimize for metrics such as cost and responsiveness.

Cloud service providers Canopy and Virtustream both recognize the value of having an application-centered view of services and have created product offerings built on Apache Brooklyn. IBM has also made extensive use of Apache Brooklyn in order to migrate large workloads from AWS to IBM Softlayer.

Apache Brooklyn is in use at SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), creators of the industry syntax standard for financial messages. "Apache Brooklyn fills a gap in orchestration of service delivery," said Otmane Benali, Manager of Messaging Integration at SWIFT. "Its use of the CAMP standard provides operations a single window to managing heterogeneous platforms, very common in large enterprises."

Brooklyn was created by ASF sponsor Cloudsoft Corporation in 2011, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in May 2014. The project recently released version 0.8.0, and is continuing to evolve fast, with the aim of making a stable, well-featured 1.0 release in the first half of 2016.

"Congratulations to Brooklyn for becoming an Apache Top Level Project," said Hadrian Zbarcea, Apache Brooklyn Incubator Mentor, ASF Member, and President of Apifocal. "As a standards based, modular, extensible framework for modeling, monitoring and managing Cloud applications through autonomic blueprints, Brooklyn offers a new paradigm for Cloud platforms deployment and has the potential to create new markets --similar to what virtualization meant for the Cloud computing space."

In addition, Brooklyn has relationships to several other Apache projects. "We are big consumers of Apache jclouds, and contributors to it, so that we get strong cross-Cloud portability," added Downer. "This made the Apache Software Foundation a natural home for Brooklyn. In addition, the Brooklyn community offers off-the-shelf blueprints for many well-known Apache projects, from Cassandra and Qpid to Mesos and Hadoop."

Catch Apache Brooklyn in action at Cloud Foundry Summit Asia in Shanghai on 3 December 2015 http://cfasia2015.sched.org/event/4jwB

Availability and Oversight
Apache Brooklyn 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 Brooklyn, visit http://brooklyn.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheBrooklyn

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members and 4,700 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 Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, 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.

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

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Friday Nov 20, 2015

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

Here's to another productive week at The Apache Software Foundation! Below is a summary of what the community has been working on:

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 December. 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 yielded a meritorious 99.98% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

Apache Apex (Incubating) –an enterprise grade native YARN big data-in-motion platform that unifies stream processing as well as batch processing.
 - Apache Apex Malhar 3.2.0-incubating released http://apex.incubator.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Commons™ Collections –a project to develop and maintain collection classes based on and inspired by the JDK collection framework.
 - Apache Commons Collections 3.2.2 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-collections/download_collections.cgi

Apache Flex™ –the server-based Java remoting and Web messaging technology that enables developers to easily connect to back-end distributed data and push data in real-time to Adobe Flex and Adobe AIR applications or more responsive rich Internet application (RIA) experiences.
 - Apache Flex BlazeDS 4.7.2 released http://www.us.apache.org/dist/flex/BlazeDS/4.7.2/

Apache Flink™ – an Open Source system for expressive, declarative, fast, and efficient data analysis. It combines the scalability and programming flexibility of distributed MapReduce-like platforms with the efficiency, out-of-core execution, and query optimization capabilities found in parallel databases.
 - Apache Flink 0.10.0 released http://flink.apache.org/news/2015/11/16/release-0.10.0.html

Apache Qpid™ Proton –an AMQP 1.0 messaging library. It can be used in a wide range of messaging applications including brokers, clients, routers, bridges, proxies, and more.
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.11.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.0.M1 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi

Apache Wicket™ – an Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework.
 - Apache Wicket 6.21.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/wicket/6.21.0

Apache Zeppelin (Incubating) –a collaborative data analytics and visualization tool for distributed, general-purpose data processing systems such as Apache Spark, Apache Flink, etc.
 - Apache Zeppelin 0.5.5-incubating released http://zeppelin.incubator.apache.org/download.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can index tweets with Apache Solr using one line of code? http://lucene.apache.org/solr/

 - Did you know that CIO Magazine recommends that small businesses consider using Apache OFBiz and OpenOffice as Open Source software options for full-blown ERP and productivity systems? http://ofbiz.apache.org/ and http://openoffice.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services uses Apache Wicket? http://wicket.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The Emerging Technologies Conference will be holding a Spark Bootcamp on 21 November in San Ramon http://www.meetup.com/Emerging-Technologies-Conference/events/226246926/

 - Big Data Developers Bangalore will present an introduction to Apache Spark on 21 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Developers-in-Bangalore/events/226419828/

 - The Metroplex Mesos Group will meet 23 November 2015 in Addison http://www.meetup.com/Metroplex-Mesos-Group/events/226162140/

 - The Chicago Apache Flink Meetup will be held 24 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/226602856/

 - The Toronto Cassandra Users Group will meet 24 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Cassandra-Users-Group/events/226725003/

 - "Get to know CouchDB" will be presented 27 November in Hamburg http://www.silpion.de/event/externes-silpion-knowhowcamp-no1/

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - The ASF Operations Summary: First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (May-July 2015) is available at http://s.apache.org/c2P

 - 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 Nov 13, 2015

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

The Apache community has wrapped up another productive week! Let's take a look at what took place:

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: 18 November. 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 yielded an excellent 99.94% uptime over the past week http://status.apache.org/ Check against established SLAs http://status.apache.org/sla/

ASF Events –in addition to ApacheCon, the official conference series of the Apache Software Foundation, the ASF also participates in Apache Roadshows, which showcase the latest Open Source projects, initiatives, and activities from the Apache community.
 - Summary of the Apache Roadshow 2015 - China http://s.apache.org/q2L

Apache Calcite™ –a highly customizable engine for parsing and planning queries on data in a wide variety of formats.
 - Apache Calcite 1.5.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/calcite/apache-calcite-1.5.0/

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.14.4 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache Cassandra™ –Open Source distributed database management system.
 - The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache™ Cassandra™ v3.0 http://s.apache.org/f4Y

Apache Commons™ –focused on all aspects of reusable Java components.
 - Apache Commons statement to widespread Java object de-serialisation vulnerability http://s.apache.org/bsA

Apache HttpComponents™ HttpAsyncClient –a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore.
 - Apache HttpComponents HttpAsyncClient 4.1.1 GA released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.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 1.3.10 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Mahout™ –Open Source scalable machine learning library.
 - Apache Mahout 0.11.1 released http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.11.1/

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in JEE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.6 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDKs.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.2 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-native.cgi

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Solr forms the basis of Bloomberg's Search-as-a-Service, which hosts 100+applications including their communications archive? http://lucene.apache.org/solr/

 - Did you know that Cisco Systems, MicroStrategy, TIBCO, Twitter, and countless others use Apache Drill for Apache Hadoop, NoSQL, and Cloud storage? http://drill.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Samsung SAMI (comprising 40+ stateless microservices) used Apache Mesos to transition into their agile IT environment? http://mesos.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

 - The Hive Contributors Meetup will take place 16 November 2015 in Palo Alto http://www.meetup.com/Hive-Contributors-Group/events/226495286/

 - The SF Spark and Friends MeetUp will be held 16 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/SF-Spark-and-Friends/events/225854878/

 - The Pittsburgh Informatica Big Data Users Group will be held 17 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Big-Data-Meetups/events/226397722/

 - "Realtime Detection of DDOS attacks using Apache Spark and MLLib" will be presented in Madison on 17 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/BigDataMadison/events/221661900/

 - Los Angeles Cassandra Users will meet 17 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Cassandra-Users/events/226499398/

 - The Denver Cordova MeetUp will take place 17 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Denver-Cordova-Ionic-Meetup/events/226600972/

 - Doug Cutting will hold a Webinar on "The Ethical Treatment of Data: Everyone Plays a Role" 18 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Pittsburgh-Big-Data-Meetups/events/226574074/

 - Sydney Cassandra Users will meet 18 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Cassandra-Users/events/226205731/

 - The Charlotte Hadoop Users Group will feature Apache Spark on 18 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/CharlotteHUG/events/219153256/

 - The Devops BCN Group present "Running Mesos workloads on bare metal" in Barcelona on 18 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/DevOps-BCN-Group/events/226398883/

 - The Oslo Hadoop Big Data Vikings Meetup #4 will take place 19 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Oslo-Hadoop-Big-Data-Meetup/

 - The Data Innovation Training Hub will present "Hands-on Introduction to Graph Databases" on 19 November 2015 in Brussels http://www.meetup.com/Open-Data-Innovation-Training-Hub/events/225668537/

 - Austin Cassandra Users will meet 19 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Cassandra-Users/events/225249318/

 - The Advanced Apache Spark Meetup will hold a workshop on 19 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Advanced-Apache-Spark-Meetup/events/226183632/

 - The Emerging Technologies Conference will be holding a Spark Bootcamp on 21 November in San Ramon http://www.meetup.com/Emerging-Technologies-Conference/events/226246926/

 - Big Data Developers Bangalore will present an introduction to Apache Spark on 21 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Big-Data-Developers-in-Bangalore/events/226419828/

 - The Metroplex Mesos Group will meet 23 November 2015 in Addison http://www.meetup.com/Metroplex-Mesos-Group/events/226162140/

 - The Chicago Apache Flink Meetup will be held 24 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Apache-Flink-Meetup/events/226602856/

 - The Toronto Cassandra Users Group will meet 24 November 2015 http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Cassandra-Users-Group/events/226725003/

 - The ASF will be at FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels 30-31 January 2016 https://fosdem.org/

 - The ASF Operations Summary: First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2016 (May-July 2015) is available at http://s.apache.org/c2P

 - 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 Nov 12, 2015

Summary of the Apache Roadshow 2015 - China

by Ted Liu, event organizing committee member, co-founder of KAIYUANSHE, and Principal Technical Evangelist, Open Technology Center, Microsoft China

On 24-25 October, The Apache Roadshow 2015 - China in Beijing was successfully concluded. It was organized by KAIYUANSHE (the first ground-up Chinese Open Source alliance co-founded by CSDN, GitCafe, GNOME.Asia, Microsoft Open Tech and Ubuntu Kylin in October 2014, and now with 50 Open Source community and enterprise members) together with the community sponsorship from The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The roadshow was aimed to establish KAIYUANSHE as a leader in the Open Source communities in China and a bridge to the international and domestic Open Source communities.

With both onsite and online coverage, there were over 5,000 persons participated the roadshow, where 1,400 joined onsite in Beijing, 3,370 watched the live streaming video (avg. 23 minutes viewing), and 200+ college students and community members attended the 4 regional sessions in Hebei, Henan, Xi'An, and Shanghai.

We have received many solid feedbacks so far:

  • Brett Porter, chairman of ASF, greeted in his Wechat message "Thank you everyone-it was wonderful to spend the time with you. Thanks again to the organizers and volunteers on such as a great event".
  • Niclas Hedhman, VP of Apache Zest, whose gave keynote about Apache Incubation, wishes to have this roadshow recur regularly.
  • J. Aaron Farr, member of ASF Incubator, who gave keynote about "The Open Source Experience of League of Legends", commented that the Apache Roadshow 2015 – China, is one of the best Apache event in the Greater China region he ever attended.
  • Many Chinese Apache committers, contributors and users are very eager to participate more China-specific Apache project-related communications, online discussion groups, meetups and even an Apache China Community formation more timely and frequently.


More highlights & details

With very limited funding and resources, we made this Roadshow happen thanking the joint efforts of KAIYUANSHE members, the sponsors – Alauda, Dataman, Easemob, eBay, Intel, Liepin.com and Microsoft, the community partners - OSS Association of China Academy of Sciences, Vzhibo, Huodongxing, Jikexueyuan, and Huazhang Press, and our media partner CSDN who did vigorous promotion, speakers & audience invitation.  And don't forget the 80+ lovely and energetic volunteers from China Academy of Sciences University and Peking University. This demonstrated the grassroots community spirit called "Community-Led Greatness".

The roadshow was very fruitful with 10 breathtaking spotlights:

1.    Keynote speech: 6 iconic keynoters spoke about community-led development (The Apache Way), Cloud computing, Big Data, Open Source software development, project incubation, and real world use cases of Apache technology, such as in the video game League of Legends.

2.    Executive Panel: Regarding to Community-Led Development, Gurus passionately probed into the practices of international communities and the thinking, expectation and challenges of Chinese Open Source movement, as well as encourages diversified participation of different races and females since international communities are mostly dominated by white men.

3.    Gurus speech: 40 Chinese technical and community gurus shared knowledge about Apache project-related, cutting-edge Big Data and Cloud computing, trend, architecture and application of Open Source software development, and practices of community governance and construction building.

4.    Project incubation: The keynote by Niclas Hedhman the co-founder and Vice President of Apache Zest, shared in-depth the processes of joining the Incubation and the graduation. This topic is one of the most interested area by the Chinese audience.

5.    Women for OSS Panel: 6 Chinese female Open Source contributors shared their journeys in participating Open Source and holding up half the sky.

6.    AMPCamp: Learning by doing. Teachers conducted lectures onsite guidance to help you quickly get started with the Apache Spark technologies through hands-on lab.

7.    Open Source Roundtable: More than 30 international and domestic leaders carried out in-depth and heated discussions over Cloud computing, Big Data, Open Source software development and community governance & building. Onsite communication went in a warm way. The sparks between ardent opinions actually reflect the development status of Chinese Open Source. Experts argued vehemently, yielded real stuff and uttered golden words now and then, which was a highlight of the Apache Roadshow.

8.    Networking & Connecting: In addition to the Apache Night networking parties on October 24 and 25, 16 one-on-one meetings between speakers/sponsors and the Apache leaders were arranged.

9.    Regional Coverage: 4 regional sessions hosted by 3 universities and a community with 200+ attendees gathered to watch and discuss the video broadcast of the Roadshow. This was a good start to advance Open Source software movements jointly by the IT industry and the academic institutes.

A touching story here: Mr. Oukan Chen, the organizer of the Apache Roadshow Shanghai session, sponsored by Shanghai Donghua University & Linuxer Community, is a disabled person who cannot speak or walk and can only express himself using his chin to type words in an extremely difficult way with his father's help. This doesn't stop him from being a solid OSS community contributor.

10.    MSFT Center One Tour: More than 50 guests are invited to visit Microsoft Center One and witnessed the amazing development & deployment of the latest technologies such as Cloud computing, Big Data, mobile computing, enterprise productivity, Internet of Things, smart home, environmental protection and energy saving.

In celebrating the 1024 Programmer Day in China, a pleasant surprise occurred at the Roadshow closing ceremony. Anders Hejlsberg, father of C#/Delphi/TypeScript, delivered a short greeting speech followed by Q&A. David Nalley wrapped up the whole event with his inspiring closing remarks. The atmosphere was hot and the roadshow concluded perfectly.


Looking Ahead

  • All presentations, videos, speech scripts, photos are in the KAIYUANSHE Forum ready for downloading http://www.kaiyuanshe.cn/portal/thread/45.html#56. ASF keynoter videos will be placed on YouTube.
  • To keep the momentum rolling by mobilizing the continuous communications and discussions around Apache projects and potentially the formation of the ground-up Apache China community.
  • AMPCamp Beijing event and the hands-on-lab environment have attracted a number of communities, enterprises, and government agencies for a series of upcoming camps, hands-on-lab and hackathons.
  • We plan to run the roadshow at least annually with ASF blessing and support going forward.


Thank You All!

  • Our keynoters - Brett Porter, David Nalley, Niclas Hedhman, J. Aaron Farr, who traveled afar to attend and deliver non-stop contributions, including speeches, panels, one-on-one meetings, roundtables, Apache Night cocktail parties, etc.
  • Special Thanks to Ross Gardler, the president of ASF, who provided advices and support all along and helped connect with ASF and many interested speakers.  
  • The roadshow steering committee: Ted Liu, Emily Chen, Zhidi Shang, Mabel Li, Hao Zhong, Richard Lin, Jack Yu, Yujuan Zhang for their all-in dedication.
  • Our honorable breakout & lightning talk speakers and roundtable guests.
  • The 80+ lovely volunteers from China Academy of Sciences and Peking University.
  • Our sponsors, Alauda, MSFT, eBay, Easemob, Dataman, Intel, Liepin.com for their kind sponsorship and support.

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