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Friday November 04, 2016

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

Welcome November! As we're busily preparing for our upcoming conferences in Seville, the Apache community has also been working on the following:

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

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield perky performance at 99.87% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us at Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville http://apachecon.com/

Apache BVal™ –an implementation of the Java Bean Validation specification.
 - Apache BVal 1.1.2 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/bval/1.1.2/

Apache Calcite™ –a framework for writing data management systems.
 - Apache Calcite Avatica 1.9.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/calcite/apache-calcite-avatica-1.9.0/

Apache CloudStack™ –deploys and manages large networks of virtual machines as a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud computing platform.
 - CVE-2016-6813: Apache CloudStack registerUserKeys authorization vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201610.mbox/%3CCAJtfqCupOYQoNY2BNx86_zauses_MpmpiX8WciO_DEaWp6uNig%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Derby™ –a pure Java relational database engine that conforms to the ISO/ANSI SQL and JDBC standards.
 - Apache Derby 10.13.1.1 released http://db.apache.org/derby/derby_downloads.html

Apache Fluo (incubating) –a distributed system for incrementally processing large data sets stored in Apache Accumulo.
 - Apache Fluo Recipes 1.0.0-incubating released https://fluo.apache.org/release/fluo-recipes-1.0.0-incubating/

Apache Geode (incubating) –a data management platform that provides a database-like consistency model, reliable transaction processing and a shared-nothing architecture to maintain very low latency performance with high concurrency processing.
 - Apache Geode 1.0.0-incubating released http://geode.incubator.apache.org/releases/

Apache MINA™ –a network application framework which helps users develop high performance and high scalability network applications easily by providing an abstract, event-driven, asynchronous API over various transports such as TCP/IP and UDP/IP via Java NIO.
 - Apache MINA 2.0.16 released http://mina.apache.org/downloads.html
 - Apache FtpServer 1.1.0 released http://mina.apache.org/ftpserver/downloads.html

Apache S2Graph (incubating) –a graph database designed to handle transactional graph processing at scale.
 - Apache S2Graph 0.1.0-incubating released http://mirror.navercorp.com/apache/incubator/s2graph/0.1.0-incubating/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can share what you're planning to work on at ApacheCon? https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/what_are_you_working_on

 - Did you know that Astronomer uses Apache Airflow (incubating) to create a modern platform for building data pipelines? http://incubator.apache.org/projects/airflow.html

 - Did you know that over the past month 2,488 people created 7,524 new issues, and 811 people closed 6,212 issues? Top 3 topics: HBase, YARN, and CommonsRDF! 


Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami. Details coming.

 - The ASF Q1 FY2017 Report is available at https://s.apache.org/1BsV

 - 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 October 28, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 28 October 2016

Look how productive the Apache community has been over the past week!

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

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield steady performance at 99.61% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Register today for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville --early incentives end 3 November http://apachecon.com/

Apache Bahir™ –provides extensions for Apache Spark.
 - Apache Bahir 2.0.1 released http://bahir.apache.org

Apache Fineract (incubating) –an Open Source system for core banking as a platform.
 - Apache Fineract 0.4.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/fineract/0.4.0-incubating/

Apache Geode (incubating) –a data management platform that provides a database-like consistency model, reliable transaction processing and a shared-nothing architecture to maintain very low latency performance with high concurrency processing.
 - Apache Geode 1.0.0-incubating released http://geode.incubator.apache.org/releases/

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 1.4.9 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Juneau (incubating) –a toolkit for marshalling POJOs to a wide variety of content types using a common framework, and for creating sophisticated self-documenting REST interfaces and microservices using very little code.
 - Juneau 6.0.0-incubating released http://juneau.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Lens™ –provides an Unified Analytics interface.
 - Apache Lens 2.6.1 released http://lens.apache.org/releases/download.html

Apache mod_perl™ –an Apache HTTP Server module for embedding a Perl interpreter in your Web server, giving you super-fast dynamic content by avoiding the overhead of starting an external interpreter.
 - Apache mod_perl-2.0.10 released http://perl.apache.org/download/index.html

Apache Parquet™ –a general-purpose columnar file format for nested data.
 - Apache Parquet MR 1.9.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/parquet/

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.1 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - CVE-2016-0762 Apache Tomcat Realm Timing Attack https://s.apache.org/hhGa
 - CVE-2016-5018 Apache Tomcat Security Manager Bypass https://s.apache.org/otM1
 - CVE-2016-6794 Apache Tomcat Security System Property Disclosure https://s.apache.org/lxjd
 - CVE-2016-6796 Apache Tomcat Security Manager Bypass https://s.apache.org/GKT4
 - CVE-2016-6797 Apache Tomcat Unrestricted Access to Global Resources https://s.apache.org/qjWl

Apache Wicket™ –an Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework that powers thousands of Web applications and Web sites for governments, stores, universities, cities, banks, email providers, and more.
 - Apache Wicket 6.25.0, 7.5.0, and 8.0.0-M2 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/wicket/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can share what you're planning to work on at ApacheCon? https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/what_are_you_working_on

 - Did you know that IBM Graph is built on top of Apache Tinkerpop's Gremlin graph query language? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Walmart Labs uses Apache Kafka for real-time retail? http://kafka.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The ASF Q1 FY2017 Report is available at https://s.apache.org/1BsV

 - 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 October 21, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 21 October 2016

The Apache community has been hard at work this week. Here's what took place:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Announcing changes in ASF Executive Leadership https://s.apache.org/OH3o
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 November 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield stable performance at 99.61% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Early registration incentives for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville end 3 November http://apachecon.com/

Apache Commons™ Lang –provides helper utilities for the java.lang API, notably String manipulation methods, basic numerical methods, object reflection, concurrency, creation and serialization and System properties.
 - Apache Commons Lang 3.5 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-lang/download_lang.cgi

Apache Commons™ Weaver –provides an easy way to enhance compiled Java classes by generating ("weaving") bytecode into those classes.
 - Apache Commons Weaver 1.3 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-weaver/download_weaver.cgi

Apache Flume™ –a distributed, reliable, and available service for efficiently collecting, aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data.
 - Apache Flume 1.7.0 released http://flume.apache.org/download.html

Apache Fluo (incubating) –adds distributed transactions to Apache Accumulo, and provides an observer/notification framework to allow users to incrementally update large data sets stored in Accumulo.
 - Apache Fluo 1.0.0-incubating released https://fluo.apache.org/release/fluo-1.0.0-incubating/

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 1.2.20 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kafka™ –a high-throughput, publish-subscribe messaging system rethought of as a distributed commit log.
 - Apache Kafka 0.10.1.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi?path=/kafka/0.10.1.0/kafka-0.10.1.0-src.tgz

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.7.1 release http://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Qpid™ –a messaging library for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0.
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.15.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.31 GA + Security Fixes and Struts 2.5.5 GA released http://struts.apache.org/download.html

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 6.0.47 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi

Apache Zeppelin™ –a collaborative data analytics and visualization tool for distributed, general-purpose data processing system such as Apache Spark, Apache Flink, etc.
 - Apache Zeppelin 0.6.2 released http://zeppelin.apache.org/download.html

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that a record 63 projects are under development in the Apache Incubator? http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Alibaba, the world's largest eCommerce retailer, uses Apache Flink to power critical aspects of its search infrastructure and deliver relevance and accuracy to its end users? http://flink.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the Apache Tinkerpop Gremlin graph traversal language is Turing Complete? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The ASF Q1 FY2017 Report is available at https://s.apache.org/1BsV

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

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

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

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Announcing changes in ASF Executive Leadership

At The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Board Meeting held this week, the following changes to the Foundation's Executive Officers have taken place effective immediately:

  1. Ross Gardler has stepped down as President after serving for the past three years and will now serve as Executive Vice President;
  2. Sam Ruby has been appointed ASF President, and has stepped down as an ASF Director;
  3. Rich Bowen has resigned as Executive Vice President to assume the re-established position of Vice President Conferences, a role he has been performing as part of his EVP responsibilities, and will be serving as an ASF Director for the remainder of the current term; 
  4. Greg Stein has resigned from his posts as ASF Vice Chairman and Vice President of Apache Subversion to assume the newly-created role of ASF Infrastructure Administrator; and
  5. Chris Mattmann has been appointed ASF Vice Chairman


The following Officer appointments remain unchanged:

 - Brett Porter, Chairman
 - Ulrich Stärk, Treasurer
 - Craig Russell, Secretary
 - Sam Ruby, Assistant Secretary


The ASF Board of Directors comprises the following 9 individuals:

 - Rich Bowen
 - Shane Curcuru
 - Bertrand Delacretaz
 - Isabel Drost-Fromm
 - Marvin Humphrey
 - Jim Jagielski
 - Chris Mattmann
 - Brett Porter
 - Mark Thomas


The Foundation thanks Ross, Sam, Rich, Greg, and Chris for their service and flexibility in ensuring continuity with ASF Operations, and to all Officers and members of the ASF Board for their support.

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

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

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Friday October 14, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 14 October 2016

As we're ramping up for ApacheCon and Apache: Big Data next month, the community has been hard at work with the following activities:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - ASF Operations Summary: May - Aug 2016 https://s.apache.org/1BsV
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 October 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield steady performance at 99.79% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - 4 weeks to go: Program, registration, and hotel discounts for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville http://apachecon.com/

Apache Calcite™ –a dynamic data management framework.
 - Apache Calcite 1.10.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/calcite/apache-calcite-1.10.0/

Apache Camel™ –a powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.18.0 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

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 2.13.4 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.5.12 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kudu™ –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu 1.0.1 released http://kudu.apache.org/releases/1.0.1

Apache OpenOffice™ –leading Open Source office application and personal productivity suite for Windows, Linux, and Mac.
 - The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache OpenOffice v4.1.3 https://s.apache.org/JiCT

Apache Pirk (incubating) –a framework for scalable Private Information Retrieval (PIR).
 - Apache Pirk 0.2.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/pirk/0.2.0-incubating

Apache PredictionIO (incubating) –an Open Source Machine Learning Server built on top of state-of-the-art open source stack, that enables developers to manage and deploy production-ready predictive services for various kinds of machine learning tasks.
 - Apache PredictionIO 0.10.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/predictionio/0.10.0-incubating/

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.|
 - Apache Syncope 1.2.9 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.0.M11 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.38 and 8.5.6 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Apache Incubator, the entry path for all new incubating Apache projects, was first founded in October 2002? http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache project birthdays in October include Xalan & XML Graphics (12 yrs); Mina & Velocity (10 yrs); PDFBox (7 yrs); Thrift (6 yrs); JMeter (5 yrs); Cordova, Isis, OpenOffice (4 yrs); Chukwa and Jclouds (3 yrs); and Calcite (1 yr)? https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that bourse.societegenerale.fr is powered by Apache Wicket? https://wicket.apache.org

Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The ASF Q1 FY2017 Report is available at https://s.apache.org/1BsV

 - 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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Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Apache OpenOffice Project Announces Apache® OpenOffice™ v4.1.3

[translations available at https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.3+Announcement ]

Leading Open Source office application and personal productivity suite for Windows, Linux, and Mac now more secure and available in 41 languages


Forest Hill, MD —12 October 2016— Apache OpenOffice, the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, announced today Apache® OpenOffice™ v4.1.3, now available in 41 languages on Windows, Linux, and OS X.


Boasting more than 200 million downloads, OpenOffice includes a word processor ("Writer"), a spreadsheet ("Calc"), a presentation editor ("Impress"), a vector graphics editor ("Draw"), a mathematical formula editor ("Math"), and a database management program ("Base").


"As an Open Source project led by an all-volunteer community, occasional lulls in momentum are not uncommon," said Marcus Lange, Vice President of Apache OpenOffice. "Such was the case with OpenOffice until recently. We wanted to change this, starting with a new bugfix release."


Under The Hood

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 features include:


  • Key security vulnerability fixes;

  • Support for new language dictionaries;

  • Numerous bug fixes, including installer and database support on Mac OS X; and

  • Enhancements to the build tools (for developers)


"This release symbolizes a resurgence in the project," said Patricia Shanahan, Release Manager for Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3. "We are proud to continue development of one of the most visible and widely used Apache projects."


The complete list of features and enhancements are available in the release notes at https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/OOOUSERS/AOO+4.1.3+Release+Notes


Apache OpenOffice is used by millions of organizations, institutions, and individuals around the world. In addition, OpenOffice plays an integral role in many governments, in response to their mandates to use files in the ISO/IEC standard Open Document Format (ODF).


OpenOffice supports localized versions in more than 120 languages; those that are 100% translated and maintained are officially released.


As with all Apache projects, Apache OpenOffice is available to all users free of charge, and, as Open Source software, its C++ source code is readily available for anyone who wishes to enhance the applications.


"This is not all, as more can be expected from the project," added Lange. "We invite those wishing to help support us to strive forward with development or in the many other areas to participate."


Availability and Oversight

Apache OpenOffice 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 more information on Apache OpenOffice, visit http://openoffice.apache.org/


Get Involved!

Apache OpenOffice welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Those wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://openoffice.apache.org/get-involved.html


About Apache OpenOffice

Originally created as "StarOffice" by StarDivision and after further development as an Open Source product under the name "OpenOffice.org" at Sun Microsystems. The project continued development after Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. OpenOffice entered the Apache Incubator in 2011 and graduated as an Apache Top-level Project in October 2012. 8 releases have been made under the auspices of the ASF, with more than 200 million downloads recorded to date. Visit http://openoffice.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheOO for more information.


About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

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


© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "OpenOffice", "Apache OpenOffice", 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 October 07, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 7 October 2016

Happy October! Here's what happened over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - ASF Operations Summary: May - Aug 2016 https://s.apache.org/1BsV
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 October 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

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

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - 5 weeks to go: Program, registration, and hotel discounts for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville http://apachecon.com/

Apache Buildr™ –a build system for Java-based applications, including support for Scala, Groovy and a growing number of JVM languages and tools.
 - Apache Buildr 1.5.0 released http://buildr.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ EL –JSP 2.0 Expression Language Interpreter Implementation.
 - Apache Commons EL moved to dormant http://commons.apache.org/dormant/commons-el/

Apache Impala (incubating) –a high-performance C++ and Java SQL query engine for data stored in Apache Hadoop-based clusters.
 - Apache Impala (incubating) 2.7.0 released https://impala.incubator.apache.org/downloads.html

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 1.4.8 and 1.5.11 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Log4j™ –a well known framework for logging application behavior.
 - Apache Log4j 2.7 released http://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/

Apache POI™ –Open Source libraries used for reading and writing files in Microsoft® Office formats.
 - Apache POI Celebrates 15 Years at The Apache Software Foundation https://s.apache.org/IKz0

Apache Qpid™ –JMS client supporting the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464), based round the Apache Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.11.1 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Streams (incubating) –unifies a diverse world of digital profiles and online activities into common formats and vocabularies, and makes these datasets accessible across a variety of databases, devices, and platforms for streaming, browsing, search, sharing, and analytics use-cases.
 - Apache Streams 0.3-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/streams/releases/0.3-incubating/

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.10 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-native.cgi
 - Tomcat Connectors 1.2.42 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-connectors.cgi
 - CVE-2016-6808 Apache Tomcat JK ISAPI Connector buffer overflow http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201610.mbox/%3Cd4132868-5af1-b8f3-b3b2-b32e86e2f822%40apache.org%3E

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can help test Apache Struts 2.5.3 and 2.3.31? http://markmail.org/thread/edxlswmit7nu2rf2

 - Did you know that Criteo Labs uses Apache Kafka to handle 500B msgs/day? http://kafka.apache.org/

 - Did you know that SWITCH uses Apache Syncope for secure digital identity with single sign-on capabilities and connections with other services? http://syncope.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The ASF Q1 FY2017 Report is available at https://s.apache.org/1BsV

 - 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 October 03, 2016

Apache® POI™ Celebrates 15 Years at The Apache Software Foundation

Commemorates anniversary with the 78th release of Open Source libraries used for reading and writing files in Microsoft® Office formats.

Forest Hill, MD —3 October 2016— The Apache® POI™ project announced today their 15th Anniversary at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), and the immediate availability of Apache POI v3.15, the latest version of the Open Source libraries used for reading and writing files in Microsoft® Office formats.

Using Apache POI APIs, developers are able to manipulate various file formats based on the Office Open XML standards (OOXML) and Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document format (OLE2CDF) using pure Java. Supported formats include those used by Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other applications from the Microsoft Office suite.

"POI has gone from strength to strength," said Dominik Stadler, Vice President of Apache POI. "Developers around the world use Apache POI to read and write Microsoft Office documents, and we’re happy to commemorate our anniversary with the release of v3.15, POI's 78th official release."

Growth under the Foundation
POI's first public release was in August 2001. In February 2002 POI became a sub-project of Apache Jakarta (then the ASF's incubator for Java projects). Since then, the project evolved rapidly through contributions by community volunteers. Development highlights include:
  • 2002 --support for reading and writing OLE2-based XLS spreadsheets;
  • 2004 --v2.0 released, adding formula support to spreadsheets and DOC (Microsoft Word);
  • 2007--POI becomes an Apache Top-Level Project in June 2007; added support for reading and writing the binary PowerPoint format in v3.0;
  • 2008 --added support for Open Office XML formats, coinciding with Microsoft's open format standardization efforts. Later POI added support for additional file formats including formats used by Visio and Outlook.

Apache POI is used in a variety of ways, including automated generation of Microsoft Office documents from other data sources, updating and formatting existing documents, and enabling software systems to read rich, human-friendly data. Apache POI aims to serve a wide audience from small personal projects to large scale business applications. 

Numerous organizations, such as The Bank of Lithuania, Deutsche Bahn, IKAN Software, and Sunshine Systems use Apache POI. In addition, Apache Tika (content analysis toolkit) uses Apache POI to extract text and metadata from Microsoft Office documents to enable users to search and index these formats.

Community
In addition to the official POI developer and user mailing lists and the bugzilla bug tracking tool, developers are also volunteering their time to help users on community websites. An example of this is through improved localization: POI aims to work around the world despite differences in number formats, date formats, separators, character sets, and time zones.

The Apache POI community continually refreshes with new developers as prior developers move on to shepherd other projects. As with all Apache projects, and as demonstrated by Apache POI, community is the key to success and maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

"Decisions are better made by community consensus than individual opinion," added Stadler. "Our ongoing community refresh brings in new ideas and motivation, avoids stagnation, or unfairly burdening the original project creators. The one constant in our community has been Nick Burch, who has embodied The Apache Way as a contributor and mentor to POI for over a decade."

Through its healthy and vibrant user community and a number of dedicated committers, Apache POI is poised to enjoy continued active development for years to come. 

Availability and Oversight
Apache POI 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 POI, visit http://poi.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 550 individual Members and 5,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, OPDi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF
© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "POI", "Apache POI", "Jakarta", "Apache Jakarta", "Tika", "Apache Tika", 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 September 30, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 30 September 2016

We're closing out the month with the following activities from the Apache community:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - ASF Operations Summary: May - Aug 2016 https://s.apache.org/1BsV
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 October 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield plucky performance at 99.62% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - DEADLINE: Early registration ends 3 October for Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville http://apachecon.com/
 - Discount hotel block details http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-europe/attend/hotel-travel
 - Program, keynotes for Apache: Big Data now available http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big-data-europe/program/schedule
 - Program just posted for ApacheCon https://apacheconeu2016.sched.org/

Apache Commons™ BeanUtils –provides an easy-to-use but flexible wrapper around reflection and introspection.
 - Apache Commons BeanUtils 1.9.3 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-beanutils/download_beanutils.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 2.6.7 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

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 1.5.4.1 released https://kylin.apache.org/download/

Apache Lucy™ Clownfish –"symbiotic" object system pairs with "host" programming language environments and facilitates the development of high performance language extensions.
 - Apache Clownfish 0.6.0 released http://lucy.apache.org/download.html

Apache MINA™ –a network application framework which helps users develop high performance and high scalability network applications easily by providing an abstract, event-driven, asynchronous API over various transports such as TCP/IP and UDP/IP vis Java NIO.
 - Apache MINA 2.0.15 released http://mina.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache OpenMeetings™ –provides video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.
 - Apache OpenMeetings 3.1.3 released http://openmeetings.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Phoenix™ –enables OLTP and operational analytics for Hadoop through SQL support using HBase as it's backing store and integrates with other projects in the ecosystem such as Spark, Hive, Pig, Flume, and MapReduce.
 - Apache Phoenix 4.8.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/phoenix/

Apache UIMA™ Ruta –(Rule-based Text Annotation) is a rule-based script language supported by Eclipse-based tooling.
 - Apache UIMA Ruta 2.5.0 released http://uima.apache.org/ruta.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can follow activities pertaining to Apache Brand Management at @ASFBrands, the official account for ASF Trademark activities? https://twitter.com/ASFBrands

 - Did you know that Uber uses Uber uses Apache Mesos and Cassandra to manage a million writes per second across multiple datacenters? http://mesos.apache.org/ http://cassandra.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can learn all about Apache Projects at https://projects.apache.org/ ?

Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The ASF Q1 FY2017 Report is available at https://s.apache.org/1BsV

 - 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 September 29, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: May - August 2016

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

First Quarter+, Fiscal Year 2017 (May-August 2016)

"The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has established itself as a positive yet impartial guardian, steward and evangelist for the greater good of the Apache software projects and its supporting and ancillary technology streams. Building a communicative platform of trust that links a decentralized software community this expansive is no small task. The ASF continues to be the ‘voice’ of Apache in an accessible, open and pragmatic way."
--
Adrian Bridgwater, developer-centric technology writer for Computer Weekly, Forbes, The Register and others.


> President's Statement:
 This last quarter I have focused on expanding our operations capacity. Our mission is to provide software for the public good. We do this by providing services and support for many like-minded software project communities of individuals who choose to join the ASF. Those services and support are overseen by a team of volunteers who in turn are supported by a number of paid staff an contractors. The volunteers are the ones that make us less dependent on paid staff and thus keep our costs low and thus help us maintain the foundations independence from any financial source. However, as volunteers there are limitation on what we can expect in terms of time commitment. This is why our team of paid operations staff are so important.

We recently expanded our paid staff by appointing our first Infrastructure Administrator. This is a part time role aimed at assisting in the management of our infrastructure. This role will report to our volunteer VP of Infrastructure. This addition will help us maintain our excellent infrastructure uptime record (http://status.apache.org/) while keeping our expenditure to a minimum. It’s amazing that our infra team manage many hundreds of commits and pull requests and many thousands of emails each day. Not to mention hosting one of the top 1000 websites in the world (http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/apache.org). All on a budget that is a tiny fraction of what most people would expect.

As a foundation we continually evaluate our ability to scale. With each new project we accept we increase our overheads. With each increase in overheads we make it harder to maintain our independence from sources of finance. Yet it is this independence that makes us successful as an open source software foundation. We remain in a very healthy financial position, however, it never hurts to take the opportunity to ask for your support. As an individual you can donate to the foundation (http://www.apache.org/foundation/contributing.html), as a corporation you can become a sponsor (http://www.apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html).

Events and Community: Since our last quarterly report, we have not held any additional ApacheCon events. We do, however, have one coming up very soon, and another in the beginning stages of planning. 

We will hold Apache Big Data Europe 2016, and ApacheCon Europe 2016, in Seville, Spain, November 14-18th, at the Melia Sevilla hotel. The we will be announcing the schedules for these events mid September. Details about these events may be found on the ApacheCon Website, at http://apachecon.com/ . In 2007, we plan to hold ApacheCon North America in Miami, May 15-19, at the Intercontinental Miami. Details will be published to the ApacheCon Website very soon. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for both events.

Meanwhile, we continue, as a larger community, to plan and attend an enormous number of meetups and other small events. You can see the weekly list of meetups at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html or by searching for your favorite Apache project on meetup.com.

> Committers and Contributions: Over the past quarter, 1,649 contributors committed 50,849 changes that amount to 53,203,721 lines of code across Apache projects. The top 5 contributors during this timeframe are: Mark Thomas (576 commits), Gary Gregory (573 commits), Andrea Cosentino (559 commits), and Reynold Xin and Claus Ibsen (473 commits each).

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

The Secretary processed 249 ICLAs, plus 12 CCLAs, and 5 Software Grants during this timeframe. The activity of Apache committers, and the community of contributors they serve, can be seen at http://status.apache.org/#commits


> Brand Management: 
Our Foundation-wide educational and policy improvement work continues to pay off, as more Apache projects are getting organized about maintaining and promoting their brands in a more organized fashion. Some projects are continuing work on their own detailed how-to guides for companies that want to *properly* use valuable Apache brands as part of their products or Web presences. However the rapid growth in new projects in the Incubator means that more help spreading the education to new communities is still needed.

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

While Open Source and the project communities are well understood in industry these days, open source *governance* and brand management are becoming more important topics. The ASF is seen as a leader in governance and brand policing, and our example is helping other FOSS communities as well as companies better understand how we can work together fairly and productively.

On the registration front, we continue to get some projects who request registration of names or beloved logos in the US and internationally. We continue to exercise financial care with our budget by working with the relevant project communities to detail why registration is important for them to attract new project contributors around the world.

With the continued rise of prominent Apache brands and projects that power more business every year, we look to the many companies that profit from Apache software products to help respect Apache brands. While many companies continue to properly give credit to our volunteer communities, sadly some companies continue to --or have started to-- take advantage of our non-profit work by unfairly co-opting Apache project brands.  Reviewing and correcting these mis-uses is an ongoing effort for the ASF and all Apache projects.

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


> Infrastructure:
 The Infrastructure team continues to focus on retiring technical debt and improving the resiliency of the services we provide. We've spent a lot of the quarter restructuring our Buildbot and Jenkins infrastructure. This has made a noticeable effect in the uniformity of our build services, as well as the ease with which our projects are able to modify their build environments.

We're continuing to spend time recruiting additional help, and one of the first results of that is placing Greg Stein as the Infrastructure Administrator. (we should have a blog post for this in the coming days)

Additionally, our Github experiment has earned the 'uneventful' status this quarter, which we regard as a nice milepost pointing towards maturity. In the coming months we hope to be able to move this from experiment status to production workload. We expect this to have a large effect on a number of our project communities.

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


> Financial Statement:

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> Fundraising:
 The Apache Software Foundation continues to grow in a number of areas, as reflected in other areas of this report. On the Fundraising side we continue our efforts to keep an open channel with the current sponsors and as reaching out to new, potential sponsors that recognize the value of the ASF projects to the industry. The ASF achievements are outstanding, especially if we consider the relatively small budget that powers these achievements. Given our 501(c)(3) status, we heavily rely on the generosity of our sponsors for our operations.

The ASF enjoys the support of 7 Platinum Sponsors: Cloudera, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Pivotal, and Yahoo; 8 Gold Sponsors: ARM, Bloomberg, Comcat, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, ODPi, and PhoenixNap; 13 Silver Sponsors: Alibaba Cloud Computing, Capital One, Cerner, Confluent, Budget Direct, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, and Wandisco. The number of Bronze sponsors has also increased, currently at 19 Bronze Sponsors and we continue to benefit from the generous help of our 11 Infrastructure Sponsors.

Given the growth of the Foundation, the VP of Fundraising is working on a few initiatives in collaboration with the VP of Marketing and Publicity meant to increase awareness of what we do. They will be announced in the upcoming quarterly reports as they get implemented.

As always, we want to take this opportunity again to express our gratitude to our sponsors for believing in and supporting the ASF mission. We wouldn't be where we are without the sponsor's generosity and for that they deserve our most sincere thanks!

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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions by Ross Gardler, ASF President; Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President; Shane Curcuru, Vice President Brand Management; David Nalley, Vice President Infrastructure; Tom Pappas, ASF Member and Vice President, Finance & Accounting at Virtual, Inc.; and Hadrian Zbarcea, Vice President Fundraising.


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(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2016.


Friday September 23, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 23 September 2016

It's time for our Friday review of the Apache community's impressive activities over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 October 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield rocking performance at 99.76% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us! Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville - early registration ends 3 October http://apachecon.com/
 - Discount hotel block details http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-europe/attend/hotel-travel

Apache Accumulo™ –a robust, scalable, high performance data storage system that features cell-based access control and customizable server-side processing.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.6.6 https://accumulo.apache.org/downloads/

Apache Calcite™ –a dynamic data management framework.
 - Apache Calcite 1.9.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/calcite/apache-calcite-1.9.0/

Apache CouchDB™ –pioneering Open Source database that scales from Big Data to Mobile.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CouchDB™ v2.0 https://s.apache.org/AbVD

Apache Kudu™ –Open Source columnar storage engine for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Kudu™ v1.0 https://s.apache.org/W2wq

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 1.5.4 released https://kylin.apache.org/download/

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 2.4.6, 2.6.6, and Jackrabbit Oak 1.5.10 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 6.2.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/java/6.2.1
 - Apache Solr 6.2.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/solr/6.2.1

Apache MyFaces™ Core –JavaServer Faces 2.2 implementation as specified by JSR-344.
 - Apache MyFaces Core v2.2.11 released http://myfaces.apache.org/download.html

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library which enables developers to implement OData service providers (server) and consumers (clients) for OData V2 and V4.
 - Apache Olingo 4.3.0 has been released http://olingo.apache.org/doc/odata4/download.html

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.3 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache POI™ –Java API to access Microsoft document file formats.
 - Apache POI 3.15 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/poi/release/RELEASE-NOTES.txt

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 -Apache Storm 0.10.2 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Syncope™ 2.0 https://s.apache.org/KDhX

Apache Tephra (incubating) –a transaction engine for distributed data stores like Apache HBase.
 - Apache Tephra-0.9.0-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/tephra/0.9.0-incubating/src


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Beam, Impala, Kafka, Kylin, Spark, Solr, and Zeppelin all won Bossie Awards for Big Data? Apache Mesos also won in the Cloud category! http://www.infoworld.com/article/3121247/open-source-tools/bossies-2016-the-best-of-open-source-software-awards.html

 - Did you know that Apache Beam, Cassandra, Hadoop, Kafka, Mesos, and Spark won Datanami Editors' & Readers' Choice Awards? https://t.co/YpAx8EZi9B

 - Did you know that dozens of Apache Project MeetUps take place around the world? https://www.apache.org/events/meetups.html

Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The second ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/pTMX

 - 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 September 20, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Kudu™ v1.0

Open Source columnar storage engine for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem in use at Xiaomi, JD Mall, and RMS, among others.

Forest Hill, MD —20 September 2016— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache® Kudu™ v1.0, the Open Source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop® ecosystem.

Apache Kudu is designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines.Optimized for lightning-fast scans, Kudu is particularly well suited to hosting time-series data and various types of operational data. In addition to its impressive scan speed, Kudu supports many operations available in traditional databases, including real-time insert, update, and delete operations. Kudu enables a "bring your own SQL" philosophy, and supports being accessed by multiple different query engines including such other Apache projects as Drill™, Spark™, and Impala (incubating).

"The Apache Kudu 1.0 release represents a major milestone for the project," said Todd Lipcon, Vice President of Apache Kudu. "One year after the first public beta, the community is confident that Kudu is ready for production for critical business use cases."

Apache Kudu 1.0 is the project's first milestone release since first joining The Apache Software Foundation a year ago, and includes a number of important features that include:
  • Support for redundant and highly available Kudu Master nodes;
  • Support for manual management of range partitioning, critical for time series workloads;
  • Rewritten integration with Apache Spark, including Spark SQL and Data Frame APIs;
  • An officially supported client library for Python; and
  • Substantial performance improvements both for random access and analytic workloads.

These features, along with hundreds of other improvements, bug fixes, and optimizations, represent the work of more than 40 contributors in the Apache community.

Apache Kudu is in use at numerous organizations around the world, spanning industries such as retail, online service delivery, risk management, and digital advertising. Early users of Kudu include Xiaomi (the world's fourth largest smart-phone maker), JD Mall (China's largest B2C online retailer), and RMS (the market leader in catastrophe risk modelling).

After three years of prototyping and development, Kudu was first unveiled to the world at Strata/Hadoop World NYC in September, 2015. Several months later, Kudu was submitted to the Apache Incubator, where the project began to attract a community of active developers and users. In July, 2016, Kudu graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project.

"Kudu 1.0 is the most performant, full-featured, and stable release of Kudu yet. Every day we see new users joining the community, deploying Kudu alongside other Apache projects such as Impala and Spark to solve valuable real-time use cases," added Lipcon. "Kudu expands the Apache Hadoop ecosystem's capabilities, enabling real-time data ingestion and updates while also serving high performance analytics with a substantially simplified architecture."

"The availability of Kudu 1.0 is an exciting milestone and my data science team is eager to evaluate it. We do a lot of work with time series workflows in science data systems and the speed-ups there should really help in our deployment of Kudu," said Chris Mattmann, Chief Architect in the Instrument and Science Data Systems Section at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and member of the Apache Kudu Project Management Committee.

The Apache Kudu project welcomes contributions and community participation through mailing lists, a Slack channel, face-to-face MeetUps, and other events. Catch Apache Kudu in action at Strata/Hadoop World, 26-29 September in New York City, where engineers from Cloudera, Comcast Xfinity, and GE Digital will present sessions related to Kudu.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Kudu 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 Kudu, visit http://kudu.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheKudu

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

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

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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CouchDB™ v2.0

Pioneering Open Source database that scales from Big Data to Mobile in use at Apple, Deutsche Telekom, DHL, and IBM, among many others.

Forest Hill, MD —20 September 2016— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache® CouchDB™ v2.0, the database that scales from Big Data to Mobile.

Apache CouchDB is widely recognized as the pioneering NoSQL database that first brought the simplicity of JSON and HTTP to the database world. CouchDB's seamless multi-master synchronisation make it ideal for Big Data applications and mobile devices.

"CouchDB 2.0 finally fulfills the project’s original vision to bring reliable data sync to Big Data and Mobile in one seamless solution," said Jan Lehnardt, Vice President of Apache CouchDB. "The team has been working tirelessly to make that vision a reality, and we're extremely proud of the resulting 2.0 release."

Apache CouchDB 2.0 is the result of the donation and subsequent merger of IBM Cloudant's BigCouch project to The Apache Software Foundation, giving the project significant features and production-ready code in one go. CouchDB 2.0 features include:
  • Built-in clustering for Big Data-scale and high-availability (based on the Amazon Dynamo paper);
  • 99% API compatibility with previous versions (most applications will continue to just work);
  • "Mango", the new, developer-friendly querying language;
  • Significant performance improvements in all areas, specifically replication and compaction; and
  • Completely rewritten and modern admin interface.

Apache CouchDB is in use at an array of global organizations such as Apple, Deutsche Telekom, and DHL, among many others. It is at the core of the emerging Offline First movement (as identified on the ThoughtWorks Radar in November 2015) with its cross-project Couch Replication Protocol implemented by independent sister-projects such as a) PouchDB (targeting in-browser as well as Node.js JavaScript environments), b) Couchbase Lite (for iOS and and Android), and c) Cloudant Mobile Sync. This ecosystem of projects and products allows developers to build offline capable Web- and native applications that provide a superior user experience, even in the face adverse network connectivity.

CouchDB was instrumental in providing offline-first applications in the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, allowing first-responders to help more people more efficiently, including launching an Ebola vaccination trial in Sierra Leone. No other technology was suited to face the adversity of the lack of network infrastructure and a challenging human crisis spanning five countries.

In addition, CouchDB drives innovation at industry giants like IBM, through their Cloudant acquisition as the core of its Cloud Data Services portfolios, solving Big Data as a Service for startups and the enterprise.

"CouchDB 2.0 is the result of several years of hard work, bringing Cloudant's clustering code back into the project from which it sprang," said Robert Newson, member of the Apache CouchDB Project Management Committee and Senior Database Engineer for Cloudant, IBM. "2.0 reinvigorates the CouchDB project with new features and better performance. I hope the CouchDB community is as thrilled as I am to reach this milestone in our journey and hope many of you will be active participants in the journey ahead."

"CouchDB 2.0 really takes CouchDB to the next level. The new Fauxton interface is gorgeous, and the long-awaited debut of real clustering should satisfy any scaling needs," said Nolan Lawson, Web Platform PM at Microsoft Edge and PouchDB project maintainer. "And of course, we've been making a lot of effort on PouchDB to ensure it stays compatible – CouchDB 2.0 and PouchDB are a solid combination for modern Web development."

"Using Apache CouchDB we can focus developing features on our cross platform scenario, without the high and unpredictable cost of implementing our own sync," said Dr. Marten Schönherr, CTO of immmr GmbH, 100% subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. "With CouchDB 2.0, replication performance will be vastly improved."

"We encourage everyone interested in CouchDB to have a look what we have to offer with version 2.0, and we are looking forward to many success stories of existing users upgrading," added Lehnardt.

Availability and Oversight
Apache CouchDB 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 CouchDB, visit http://couchdb.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/CouchDB

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

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "CouchDB", "Apache CouchDB", 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 September 16, 2016

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 16 September 2016

We're mid-month and the Apache community is continuing to produce great work:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 21 September 2016. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield cracking performance at 99.88% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation.
 - Join us! Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe/Seville --hotel block details http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-europe/attend/hotel-travel
 - FINAL CALL: 16 September - Travel Assistance applications due http://www.apache.org/travel/

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 1.2.3 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/hbase/1.2.3

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 2.13.3, 2.8.3, and Jackrabbit Oak 1.4.7, 1.2.19 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 5.5.3 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/java/5.5.3
 - Apache Solr 5.5.3 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/solr/5.5.3
 - Reference Guide for Apache Solr 6.2 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/ref-guide/apache-solr-ref-guide-6.2.pdf

Apache Qpid™ –a cross-platform enterprise messaging solution which implements the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP).
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.11.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Storm™ – a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 -Apache Storm 0.10.2 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Syncope™ 2.0 https://s.apache.org/KDhX

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that we expect all Apache community participants to honor our Code of Conduct? https://www.apache.org/foundation/policies/conduct

 - Did you know that hundreds of thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License? http://apache.org/licenses/

 - Did you know that all Apache Projects are independent and non-commercial? http://community.apache.org/projectIndependence.html

Apache Community Notices:

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

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

 - ApacheCon Europe will take place 14-18 November 2016 in Seville, Spain http://apachecon.com/

 - The second ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/pTMX

 - 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 September 13, 2016

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Syncope™ 2.0

Open Source, enterprise-grade solution brings Identity Management (IdM) to mission-critical applications, domains, databases, and objects across the Internet of Things (IoT)

Forest Hill, MD —13 September 2016— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache® Syncope™ 2.0, the digital identity and access management system.

Implemented in Java EE technology, Apache Syncope is a powerful and flexible system designed to keep enterprise identity data consistent and synchronized across repositories, data formats, and models.

"Syncope 2.0.0 is a major milestone for the community," said Francesco Chicchiriccò, Vice President of Apache Syncope, and one of the original creators of the project. "The numbers of this release look great --new features, new components and tools, new contributors, more enterprise appeal, and even more extensibility."

Syncope was originally created at Tirasa and entered the Apache Incubator in February 2012. The project has had 30 releases since becoming a Top-Level Project (TLP) in November 2012.

Under The Hood
Apache Syncope 2.0 features include:
  • Domains - built to facilitate multi-tenancy, with physical separation of all data of different domains (e.g. tenant) into different database instances;

  • Any Objects - in addition to managing users and groups, Syncope is now also able to define and manage object types such as workstations, printers, folders, sensors, services and more. This positions Apache Syncope at the forefront of bringing identity management to the world of IoT (Internet of Things);

  • New Admin and End User UI - completely revisited Web administration console with new look, features, and self-service Web application allows users to edit details only pertaining to him/herself; and

  • Documentation - brand new Getting Started and Reference guides enable users to become productive quickly and efficiently.

"We are particularly proud of our new documentation, which is quite possibly the most widely claimed missing feature of many Open Source projects," added Chicchiriccò. "Apache Syncope documentation is here to eliminate this Achilles' heel. We're looking forward to welcoming new Syncope users."

Apache Syncope is in use at ARAG, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Bibliotheek.nl, iWelcome, Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona, PTC Vuforia, Stadtwerke München (SWM), SURFnet, University of Helsinki, University of Milan, and UShareSoft, among many others.

"We chose Apache Syncope as the Identity Management platform because of the simplicity and flexibility of its REST API and also for its support to import users from various sources," said Ben Sorek, Director Software Engineering at PTC. "Syncope's extendibility was important in the implementation of the complex workflows required by Vuforia."

"Of all the Open Source systems available, we selected Apache Syncope as it met our requirements in the POC evaluation," said Päivi Pääkkö, Team Leader and IT Specialist at University of Helsinki. "As the home university of the developer of the Linux system, we have no doubts concerning the use of Open Source solutions."

"We rely on Apache Syncope as the fulcrum of our Identity infrastructure," said Andrea Badaloni, IT Director at Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona. "In the public healthcare sector we need to consider several factors when selecting products, and Apache Syncope has proven to be the winning choice."

"Talend has been deploying Apache Syncope for several years as an Identity Management solution, both on-premise and in the Cloud," said Thomas Steinborn, Director Product Management Cloud and Realtime, Talend. "Members of our team actively contributed to the 2.0.0 release and are looking forward to leveraging its latest advancements in Talend's Integration solutions."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Syncope 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 more information on Apache Syncope, visit http://syncope.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/syncopeidm

Get Involved!
Apache Syncope welcomes contribution and community participation through mailing lists as well as attending face-to-face MeetUps, developer trainings, and user events. Those wishing to get involved in the project can find out more at http://syncope.apache.org/contributing.html

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

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Syncope", "Apache Syncope", 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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