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Friday Dec 05, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday Nov 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday Nov 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

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

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

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

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


Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide. Apache projects power mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, big data, Cloud computing, mobile, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, development frameworks, foundational libraries, and many other categories. Beginning with the Apache HTTP Server —the world's most popular Web server— Apache software has been at the forefront of dozens of today's industry-defining technologies and tools, playing an integral role in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday Nov 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "CouchDB", "Apache CouchDB", the Apache CouchDB logo, and the Apache feather logo 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 14, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 14 November 2014

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

The ASF @ 15 -The Apache Software Foundation Marks 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership
 - Community Over Code http://s.apache.org/oLh

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - ApacheCon, Cassandra Days, and CloudStack Collaboration Conference kick off the week of 17 November in Budapest http://events.linuxfoundation.org/

Apache CloudStack™ –Open Source 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.
 - Apache CloudMonkey v5.3.0 released http://cloudstack.apache.org/downloads.htm

Apache Directory™ –directory solutions entirely written in Java.
- Apache Directory LDAP API 1.0.0-M25 released http://directory.apache.org/api

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
- Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.1.2 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache Libcloud 0.16.0 released http://libcloud.apache.org/blog/2014/11/12/libcloud-0-16-0-released.html

Apache Tomcat™ –Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.57 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.15 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache Software Foundation Graphics –graphical assets that can be used by third parties when referring to The Apache Software Foundation or one of its projects.
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Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

The ASF @ 15 -- Community Over Code

Part 3 of a 3-part series celebrating 15 years of community-led development at The Apache Software Foundation.

Over the past 15 years, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF http://apache.org/) has accrued a lot of unofficial mottos: "Community-led development" and "No Jerks Allowed" are two favorites. But the one that comes up most often is "Community Over Code", also sometimes stated mathematically as "Community > Code".

Now, obviously, as a community, we are all about code, and wouldn't have a reason for existing without that code. But it's more than just a clever slogan. Instead, it's meant to codify how we do things, how we see one another, and how we go about decision making, even when it comes to code patches.

Once, long ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Behlendorf, the founder of the Apache Web Server project, at ApacheCon. (Parts of that interview became a podcast on FeatherCast - http://feathercast.apache.org/?p=78 - and it appears that I never published the promised second half.) One of the things I remember him saying to me was that a healthy community is far more important than good code, because if the code were to mysteriously vanish, a strong community could rewrite it, but if the community is unhealthy, the code will eventually fall by the wayside, too. 

Daniel Gruno, who has done a lot of statistical analysis of the ASF, says: "All in all, the projects (and people) in the ASF have produced a whopping 120 million lines of code, worth almost 32,500 person-years in efforts and 'costing' an estimated $2 billion in effort put into the projects."

All of this is produced by roughly 4,000 people over the course of almost 20 years, with a much smaller number being consistently active at any given time.

This is made possible by our amazing infrastructure team who provide the servers and networks that this all happens on. It's made possible by the many people that have gone before us, producing software, standards, and protocols on which we build. And it's possible due to a philosophy of collaborative development, where community is valued more than the code that we're writing.

What does that mean, exactly?

Take, for example, a situation where you have a rock-star programmer who writes brilliant code, complete with documentation and tests, but treats everyone else on the project as though they are idiots. What's the result? People will either leave, because they can't stand this person's behavior, or they will learn to behave in the same way in order to fit in, thus driving everyone else away even faster. Eventually, you have a project where everybody's a jerk, and nobody wants to join the party.

Or, consider this from the perspective of a company which works with Open Source projects. Apache's business-friendly stance means that businesses will often look at projects at the ASF as a place where they can invest time and developers, in the hopes of producing products and services down the road. Projects with a hostile community tend to get passed over as a bad investment by companies that are looking for projects where they can have a positive impact. It's just too much work to have to work on the code as well as have to battle a toxic work environment.

The importance of healthy, respectful community is more than just a warm fuzzy feeling. It's deeply pragmatic. Healthy, diverse, inclusive (dare I even say friendly?) communities promote project growth, sustainability, and even to the financial success of corporations that choose to build solutions around the technology.

When projects enter the ASF via the Incubator, one of the primary things we're concerned about is whether the community is diverse and sustainable, not whether the code is yet production quality. When projects report to the board each month, the board isn't evaluating their technical progress, but, rather, is considering whether the project is conducting itself in a way that is sustainable, welcoming to newcomers, and has a community that is large enough and healthy enough to continue making decisions about the future of the project.

Unlike the closed-source, single company software development model, in Open Source it's actually really important that you play nicely with others, even with your competitors. The term "coopetition" embodies this, describing a situation where you cooperate closely with your competition to create something, so that you can then compete on value-adds such as training, services, support, and non-free features. While this isn't something that the ASF participates in directly, it's a side-effect of the way we do Open Source.

While we're most certainly not claiming to have solved all of the problems around running an Open Source community, we think that we've got some things right, and constantly strive to fix the places where practice doesn't live up to theory. One thing we're pretty sure we've got right is a steady focus on community, rather than code, as the appropriate measure of the
health of a project.

So, come join the Apache community. We've got more than 200 projects to choose from, and the next 15 years are sure to be even more exciting than the first, as we continue to grow, and continue to produce code in a community-centric way.

-Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President

Friday Nov 07, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 7 November 2014

Noteworthy items from The Apache Software Foundation's more than 200 projects and initiatives that have taken place over the past week include:

The ASF @ 15 -The Apache Software Foundation Marks 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership
 - Sponsorship and Stewardship http://s.apache.org/oLh

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Register for ApacheCon, Cassandra Days, and CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe end soon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/

Apache Camel™ –powerful open source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns. Rules for Camel's routing and mediation engine can be defined in either a Java based DSL, XML or using DSLs for dynamic languages such as Groovy or Scala.
 - Apache Camel 2.13.3 released http://camel.apache.org/camel-2133-release.html

Apache Commons Exec™ -a library to reliably execute external processes from within the JVM.
 - Apache Commons Exec 1.3 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-exec/

Apache Curator™ -Java libraries that make using Apache ZooKeeper much easier and more reliable.
 - Apache Curator 2.7.0. released https://issues.apache.org/jira/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?projectId=12314425&version=12327442

Apache HttpComponents Client™ -a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore. It provides connection management, cookie management, and authentication. This is the successor to the widely used Jakarta Commons HttpClient 3.1.
 - HttpComponents Client 4.3.6 GA released http://hc.apache.org/downloads.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit Oak™ -a fully conforming implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API (JCR).
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.0.8 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ -a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. It is a technology suitable for nearly any application that requires full-text search, especially cross-platform.
 - Apache Lucene 4.10.2 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html

Apache Qpid™ –implements the latest AMQP specification, the first open standard for enterprise messaging, and provides transaction management, queuing, distribution, security, management, clustering, federation and heterogeneous multi-platform support and a lot more.
 - Qpid Proton 0.8 released http://qpid.apache.org/releases/qpid-proton-0.8/index.html

Apache Solr™ –an open source enterprise search server based on the Lucene Java search library, with XML/HTTP and JSON, Ruby, and Python APIs, hit highlighting, faceted search, caching, replication, and a web administration interface.
 - Apache Solr 4.10.2 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Traffic Server™ –fast, scalable and extensible HTTP/1.1 compliant caching proxy server. ATS can be used as a reverse, forward or even transparent HTTP proxy.
 - Apache Traffic Server 5.1.1 released http://trafficserver.apache.org/downloads

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


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Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

The ASF @ 15 -- Sponsorship and Stewardship

Part 2 of a 3-part series celebrating 15 years of community-led development at The Apache Software Foundation.

The mission of The Apache Software Foundation 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. As the Foundation grows (more than 150 top-level projects, and over 4,000 committers) so do the demands for services and support.

The Foundation does not pay for software development within its projects, nor does it influence the technical direction projects wish to take. However, the Foundation does provide technical services such as version control, mailing lists, web sites, issue trackers (and much more), as well as legal services such as intellectual property and brand management. We also have core marketing services to assist projects. All this costs money; and the amount it costs increases with each project we take on and each new service projects require.

In order to meet these costs, the Foundation accepts sponsorship from companies and individuals. However, this sponsorship does not buy influence over either the Foundation or its projects. The only way to influence our projects is to get involved with the project community and deliver valuable contributions that earn you individual merit and thus influence in that project.

So why do companies sponsor the ASF?

We've asked a number of our sponsors why the Foundation is important to them. As you might expect, there are a wide range of answers, but one common theme occurs across all sponsors. It can be boiled down to being assured that downstream reuse of our software is both a legally and strategically sound decision. Without the Foundation these very valuable software projects would not exist, at least not in the same form.

The Foundation provides a neutral space for companies, which might compete in the marketplace, to collaborate freely on Open Source software. This neutrality is protected by the fierce independence of the Foundation as it drives towards its mission of producing software for the public good (as opposed to the good for some subset of the public).

Balancing the Foundation's need to raise funds to support its projects whilst ensuring our projects remain independent of  those sponsors is a difficult task. However, we are lucky enough to have a large roster of sponsors who are very happy to donate with "no strings attached". Without those sponsors the Foundation could not exist and we thank them for their generosity.

Of course, most of our sponsors also contribute directly to one or more of our projects through code, documentation, and community management. Without these non-cash contributions our Foundation would be nothing more than an empty shell.

What do we use Sponsorship Money for?

The cost of running the Foundation is kept low by our extensive use of volunteers, even at the foundational level. As with the software development within our projects, all of our strategic decision-making roles are filled by volunteers who do not receive any payment from the Foundation itself.  All of our Vice Presidents, Directors, and other titled roles are members of our project communities. The success of the Foundation is personally important to them and therefore they contribute to that success. Our meritocratic system recognizes such individuals and ensures that the Foundation is run both for and by our project communities.

We do, however, spend money in supporting our projects. Our largest expense category is infrastructure which accounts for 63% of our budget in 2014-15. We have a number of infrastructure contractors who work tirelessly around the globe (and thus the clock) to ensure our distributed project teams can get on with their work without having to worry about the services they depend upon.

Our second largest budget line, at 10%, is marketing where we have a contractor who ensures prompt and appropriate responses to all press enquiries. A further 10% is spent on general administration (legal and bank fees, insurances, executive assistant and similar). The only other category over 5% is brand management which ensures our project brands remain independent of any individual commercial interests through trademark registration and related activities.

Looking to the Future

As the number of projects in the Foundation continues to grow we are looking to the future of our core services. As stewards of some of the world’s most popular Open Source software, we must ensure that our projects will continue to receive the same level of support as they have done during the last 15 years. However, it is not just the number of projects that puts a strain on the Foundations resources. A growing range of tools and services are needed for an Open Source project to be successful.

With our current raft of sponsors we are in very good shape. With our ever growing contributors to our projects we know we have an excellent source of volunteers to keep both our projects and our Foundation moving. That said, with more money and more volunteers there is always more we can do. We invite you to take some time to review our sponsorship programs and ask yourself if your employer might be interested. If you are looking to volunteer your time to one of our projects then take a look at our community development website.

--Ross Gardler, President

Friday Oct 31, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 31 October 2014

Noteworthy items from The Apache Software Foundation's more than 200 projects and initiatives that have taken place over the past week include:

The ASF @ 15 - The Apache Software Foundation Marks 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership
 - Chairman's Statement http://s.apache.org/RYD

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Early registration incentives for ApacheCon, Cassandra Days, and CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe end soon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/

Apache Any23™ –used in major Web of Data applications and can be used as a library in Java applications that consume structured data from the Web, as a command-line tool for extracting and converting between the supported formats, and as online service API available at any23.org.
 - Apache Any23 1.1 released http://s.apache.org/any231.1

Apache Camel™ –powerful Open Source integration framework based on known Enterprise Integration Patterns.
 - Apache Camel 2.12.5 released http://camel.apache.org/download.html

Apache Flex™ –a highly productive, Open Source application framework for building and maintaining expressive Web applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops and devices (including smartphones, tablets and TV).
 - Apache Flex Squiggly 1.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/flex/squiggly/1.1/RELEASE_NOTES

Apache jclouds™ –Open Source multi-cloud toolkit for the Java platform that gives you the freedom to create applications that are portable across clouds while giving you full control to use cloud-specific features.
 - Apache jclouds 1.8.1 released https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCLOUDS/fixforversion/12327548

Apache Kafka™ –a single Kafka broker can handle hundreds of megabytes of reads and writes per second from thousands of clients. Kafka is designed to allow a single cluster to serve as the central data backbone for a large organization, and can be elastically and transparently expanded without downtime.
 - Apache Kafka 0.8.2-beta released https://archive.apache.org/dist/kafka/0.8.2-beta/RELEASE_NOTES.html

Apache MINA™ –a network application framework which helps users develop high performance and high scalability network applications easily.
 - Apache MINA 2.0.9 released http://mina.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Onami™ –focused on the development and maintenance of a set of Google Guice extensions.
 - Apache Onami Persist 1.0.1 released http://onami.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –a web server that is an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.1.32 released http://tomcat.apache.org/native-doc/miscellaneous/changelog.html

Apache Software Foundation Graphics –graphical assets that can be used by third parties when referring to The Apache Software Foundation or one of its projects.
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Thursday Oct 30, 2014

The ASF @ 15 -- Chairman's Statement

Part 1 of a 3-part series celebrating 15 years of community-led development at The Apache Software Foundation.

This year marks the 15th anniversary since The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) was formed as a non-profit corporation to support the development of Open Source software, beginning with the Apache HTTP Server. The ASF has grown significantly since, and today houses more than 150 top-level projects, exceeds 500 individual members, and over 4,000 committers have collaborated on ASF projects. We are incredibly grateful for all those who have volunteered their time to the Foundation, the millions of users of Apache software, and the generosity of our sponsors and donors that provide vital resources. This anniversary gives us a great opportunity to take a look back at what has made the ASF so successful, and what that means for its future.

The mission of the ASF is simple: to provide organisational, legal and other forms of support to a broad range of Open Source software projects; and to release that software to the public free of charge under the Apache License. What makes the ASF special is being able to do that on such a large scale, while not diluting the culture and fundamental attributes that make the ASF unique.

Apache has seen amazing success over the last 15 years. Not only do ASF projects impact almost every area of computing, but the Apache License, our Contributor License Agreements (CLAs), and our pattern of open, collaborative development (often known as "The Apache Way") continue to influence Open Source projects outside of the ASF. Many Apache projects have gone on to build huge, successful ecosystems around themselves, and other established projects have joined the ASF to grow and diversify their community.

Apache projects are unified by the desire to build software in an open and collaborative manner, ensuring they are supported by long-lived, vibrant and independent communities of contributors. All of the committers are volunteers (whether they volunteer their own time, or are allocated time by their employer - the ASF does not pay anyone to develop software), and they come together from all over the world to collaborate in a virtual, online environment. As the ASF does not dictate technical direction or scope, we see a wide range of projects, rather than those focused on a particular technology or industry. In some cases, we even have projects that "compete" with each other in the same space. The Foundation exists for its projects, community and membership, and so is a truly grass roots organisation. Together, this establishes trust in ASF projects, beyond what it would have if it were simply a "forge" providing infrastructure and services.

The structure of the ASF is designed to make this possible, to empower projects, and to provide a solid foundation for future growth.

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There is a deliberate separation between the operational needs of the Foundation, and the management of the individual projects. This is important as it ensures that running the Foundation, including areas such as fundraising and sponsorship, do not impact what projects can do or who has authority. Each project elects the members of a Project Management Committee (PMC) from among their established contributors based on merit. Those individuals are then collectively given the task of governing the project. PMCs report directly to the Board of Directors, who provide oversight to ensure that the PMC remains viable, and is operating in accordance with the ASF's mission and policies.

The ASF operates openly and transparently. Each month, the Board publishes meeting minutes for public inspection, which contains not only the proceedings of the meeting and the usual executive reports and financial information, but also some 70+ reports from the Foundation's officers and projects. Each project reports quarterly about its community, releases, and plans for the future. These reports are helpful for the Board to provide oversight, to deal with issues, understand future needs, and ensure the ongoing health of the project. However, as these are open to the public, they can also provide a resource for members of the community interested in understanding the history of the project, its current trajectory, and how it functions.

Over the last 5 years, the ASF has doubled in size, both in the number of members, and projects. There are another 30 projects already in the Apache Incubator developing their communities and governance in preparation to become top-level projects in the future, with more joining every month. Despite (or because of!) the strong emphasis on independence and individual merit, large companies continue to trust the ASF as the steward of projects that they have contributed intellectual property to, and that their businesses depend on. Contributors continue to trust the ASF that their work will be freely available and recognised by their peers. Users continue to trust that the projects they depend on will have the resources and growth needed to remain viable.

As the ASF looks to the future, the pace is unlikely to slow! The challenge remains to maintain - and even increase - the support provided to projects, while retaining the culture and trust already established. Just as we must adapt to growth, we must also adapt to the changing nature of software development and the ever growing adoption of Open Source and open development practices.

Our commitment as the Foundation grows is to continue doing what the ASF does best - empowering PMCs to develop world-class Open Source software in The Apache Way, and remaining a trusted place for individuals, organisations and communities.

This wouldn't be possible without you - and we thank every ASF member, committer, and all those that use and contribute to ASF projects for the part they play in making the Foundation great. We welcome those who will join us in the years to come as well - looking forward to not only the next 15 years, but many more!

--Brett Porter, Chairman

Friday Oct 24, 2014

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 24 October 2014

Noteworthy items from The Apache Software Foundation's more than 200 projects and initiatives that have taken place over the past week include:

ApacheCon™ –the official conference series of The Apache Software Foundation
 - Early registration incentives for ApacheCon and CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe end soon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/
 - CFP now open for ApacheCon North America 2015 http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/program/cfp

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

Apache CloudStack™ –open source 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.
 - Apache CloudStack v4.4.1 released http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.4.1/

Apache HttpComponents Core™ –a set of low level HTTP transport components that can be used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.  
 - Apache HttpComponents HttpAsyncClient 4.1-beta1 released http://www.apache.org/dist/httpcomponents/httpasyncclient/RELEASE_NOTES-4.1.x.txt
 - HttpComponents Core 4.3.3 GA released http://www.apache.org/dist/httpcomponents/httpcore/RELEASE_NOTES.txt

Apache Log4j™ –provides logging services for Java.
 - Apache Log4j 2.1 released http://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/

Apache Apache Tajo™ –an advanced open source data warehouse system in Hadoop for processing web-scale data sets.
 - Apache Tajo v0.9 released http://tajo.apache.org/

Apache UIMA™ –supports the community working on the analysis of unstructured information with a unifying Java and C++ framework, tooling, and analysis components, guided by the OASIS UIMA standard.
 - Apache UIMA DUCC 1.1.0 released http://uima.apache.org/d/uima-ducc-1.1.0/issuesFixed/jira-report.html

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Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Announcing Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.4.1

Mature, easy-to-deploy Open Source Cloud computing software platform boasts improved efficiency and performance.

Forest Hill, MD —22 October 2014— The Apache CloudStack project today announced the immediate availability of Apache CloudStack v4.4.1, the latest version of 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.

"We are delighted to be releasing version 4.4.1 of Apache CloudStack," said Giles Sirett, member of the Apache CloudStack Project Management Committee. "This latest version of CloudStack reflects months of hard work by our diverse developer community and brings even more features to help our service-provider and enterprise users enhance their cloud platforms. Apache CloudStack continues to grow in both deployments and developer community size, and is the platform of choice for thousands of organisations that need to build IaaS environments quickly and securely with a proven, production-grade, technology." 

Lauded by Gartner Group, CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources.

CloudStack v4.4.1 reflects dozens of new features and improvements, including:

  • Improved Storage Management
  • Virtual Private Cloud tiers can now span guest networks across availability zones
  • Support for VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler
  • Improved Support for Hyper-V Zones, VPC and Storage Migration


A complete overview of all new enhancements can be found in the project release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/projects/cloudstack-release-notes/en/4.4.1/

CloudStack has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide and is in use/production at Alcatel-Lucent, Autodesk, BT Cloud, China Telecom, DATACAENTER Services, DataPipe, Edmunds.com, Exoscale, GreenQloud, Hokkaido University, IDC Frontier, Ikoula, KDDI, KT/Korea Telecom, LeaseWeb, NTT, Orange, PCextreme, Schuberg Philis, Shopzilla, Slovak Telekom, SunGard AS, Taiwan Mobile, Tata, Trader Media Group, TomTom, University of Melbourne, University of Sao Paolo, Verizon, WebMD and Zynga, among others.

CloudStack originated at Cloud.com, which was acquired by Citrix in 2011. CloudStack was submitted to the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and graduated as an Apache Software Foundation Top-level Project in March 2013.

Availability
CloudStack v4.4.1 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 CloudStack in action at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference, the official user/developer conference of the Apache CloudStack community, 19-21 November 2014 in Budapest, Hungary @CCCEU14 and http://cloudstackcollab.org

About Apache CloudStack
Apache CloudStack is a mature, turnkey integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Open Source software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public and private cloud environments. Hailed by Gartner Group as "a solid product", CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. CloudStack entered the Apache Incubator in April 2012 and became an Apache Top-level Project in March 2013. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/CloudStack

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Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Tajo™ v0.9

Robust, Open Source "SQL-on-Hadoop" Big Data warehouse solution now faster, with improved performance and enhanced integration with Apache Hadoop™.

Forest Hill, MD –21 October 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 200 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ Tajo™ v0.9, the advanced Open Source data warehousing system in Apache Hadoop™.

"With Apache Tajo v0.9, our goal of bringing traditional SQL performance to massive data is a step closer," said Hyunsik Choi, Vice President of Apache Tajo. "We really enjoyed working to improve Tajo's leading-edge native SQL support, and its lightning performance across divergent workloads."

Dubbed an "SQL-on-Hadoop" solution, Apache Tajo is used for low-latency and scalable ad-hoc queries, online aggregation, and ETL (extract-transform-load process) on large data sets stored on HDFS (Hadoop Distributed File System) and other data sources. By supporting SQL standards and leveraging advanced database techniques, Tajo allows direct control of distributed execution and data flow across a variety of query evaluation strategies and optimization opportunities. Overall, Apache Tajo v0.9 delivers more powerful native SQL support on an even faster platform.

"We have been determined from the outset to find ways of boosting query processing speed without compromising system robustness and solution accessibility," said Jihoon Son, member of the Apache Tajo Project Management Committee. "In practice, that means using cutting-edge query techniques and processing algorithms as our source of 'speed', meanwhile maintaining three key features: Fault tolerance, the ability to fully utilize working memory and write to disk, and data source neutrality. We think those design choices give Apache Tajo long-run flexibility and coherence."

Features and enhancements in Apache Tajo v0.9 include:

  • More comprehensive and powerful SQL capabilities, such as TIMESTAMP, DATE, TIME, and INTERVAL type support, as well as WINDOW functions, OVER clause support, and multiple distinct aggregation;
  • Performance improvements, such as offheap sort algorithm for ORDER BY and Runtime code generation for evaluating expressions push the boundaries of massive data query speeds;
  • Improvements to the hash shuffle I/O, boosting bottom-line speeds by 200-300% on "heavy", complex queries;
  • Enhanced Hadoop integration, including support for Hadoop 2.2.0 up to Hadoop 2.5.1, and expanded Hive Metastore access;
  • Improved catalog backup and restore feature, as well as accessibility enhancements streamline performance across disparate technology environments.

Apache Tajo is part of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem at a variety of organizations, including Gruter, Korea University, and NASA JPL's Radio Astronomy and Airborne Snow Observatory projects, among others. At SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless carrier, Apache Tajo has undergone a brutal testing regimen, where it has had to deal with telco-sized data stores, node growth and cluster expansion, and a grueling company-wide data analysis and reporting schedule. "The fast processing capabilities of Apache Tajo have allowed us to build an entirely new big data warehouse and OLAP system," said Eddy Park, Hadoop-based Data Warehouse Project Manager at SK Telecom. "Apache Tajo now plays a vital role in data-driven decision making at our company."

Hyoungjun Kim, CTO of Gruter, said "We run Apache Tajo in-house on 30 cluster nodes in order to power Seenal, our social network analysis service that supplies social media insight to government and corporate clients. On the one hand, this involves running complex ETL processes on hundreds of gigabytes of data per day in order to detect market and opinion signals. On the other hand, analysts and project teams often need to run very specific analyses on much smaller data sets. Tajo is able to handle the full spectrum of Seenal’s data processing and query needs at high speed and with minimal fuss."

"We're very excited about the release of Apache Tajo 0.9," added Choi. "The Apache Tajo community, committers, and supporters have really done our mission proud."

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache Tajo 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 Tajo, visit http://tajo.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheTajo

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than two hundred leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 450 individual Members and 4,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Budget Direct, Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, Pivotal, Produban, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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

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