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Tuesday August 13, 2019

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2019 Fiscal Year

World's largest Open Source foundation’s 300+ freely-available, enterprise-grade Apache projects power some of the most visible and widely used applications in computing today.

Wakefield, MA —13 August 2019— 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 the annual report for its 2019 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2019.

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the world's largest Open Source foundation’s "Apache Way" of community-driven development is the process behind hundreds of freely-available (100% no cost), enterprise-grade Apache projects that serve as the backbone for some of the most visible and widely used applications in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Big Data, build management, Cloud Computing, content management, DevOps, IoT and Edge computing, mobile, servers, and Web frameworks, among many other categories.

The ubiquity of Apache software is undeniable, with Apache projects managing exabytes of data, executing teraflops of operations, and storing billions of objects in virtually every industry. Apache software is an integral part of nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to phones. Apache software is used in every Internet-connected country on the planet.

Highlights include:

  1. ASF codebase is conservatively valued at least $20B, using the COCOMO 2 model;
  2. Continued guardianship of 190M+ lines of code in the Apache repositories;
  3. Total of 10 Platinum Sponsors, 9 Gold Sponsors, 11 Silver Sponsors, 25 Bronze Sponsors, and 6 Platinum Targeted Sponsors, 5 Gold Targeted Sponsors, 3 Silver Targeted Sponsors, and 10 Bronze Targeted Sponsors;
  4. 35 new individual ASF Members elected, totalling 766;
  5. Exceeded 7,000 code Committers;
  6. 202 Top-Level communities overseeing 332 Apache projects and sub-projects;
  7. 17 newly-graduated Top-Level Projects from the Apache Incubator;
  8. 47 projects currently undergoing development in the Apache Incubator;
  9. Top 5 most active/visited Apache projects: Hadoop, Kafka, Lucene, POI, ZooKeeper;
  10. Top 5 Apache repositories by number of commits: Camel, Hadoop, HBase, Beam, and Flink;
  11. Top 5 Apache repositories by lines of code: NetBeans, OpenOffice, Flex (combined), Mynewt (combined), and Trafodion;
  12. 35M page views per week across apache.org;
  13. 9M+ source code downloads from Apache mirrors (excluding convenience binaries);
  14. 3,280 Committers changed 71,186,324 lines of code over 222,684 commits;
  15. 18,750 authors sent 1,402,267 emails on 570,469 topics across 1,131 mailing lists;
  16. Top 5 most active mailing lists (user@ + dev@): Flink, Beam, Lucene, Ignite, and Kafka;
  17. Automated Gitbox across ~1,800 git repositories containing ~75GB of code and repository history;
  18. Each GitHub account monitored for security compliance;
  19. GitHub traffic: Top 5 most active Apache sources --clones: Thrift, Cordova, Arrow, Airflow, and Beam;
  20. GitHub traffic: Top 5 most active Apache sources --visits: Spark, Camel, Flink, Kafka, and Airflow;
  21. 24th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server (20 years under the ASF umbrella);
  22. 770 Individual Contributor License Agreements (ICLAs) signed;
  23. 28 Corporate Contributor License Agreements signed;
  24. 26 Software Grant Agreements signed; and
  25. ASF is a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code for 14th consecutive year.

The full report is available online at https://s.apache.org/FY2019AnnualReport

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 merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 770 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Thursday July 11, 2019

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Program for ApacheCon™ Europe

Official Global Conference Series heralds "Tomorrow's Technology Today" with keynotes by European Commission Director of Digital Business Solutions Thomas Gageik, Mastercard Executive Vice President for Global Cities Miguel Gamiño, and Political Analyst and Writer Nanjala Nyabola

Wakefield, MA —11 July 2019— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the event program for the European edition of ApacheCon™, the ASF's official global conference series. ApacheCon Europe will take place 22-24 October 2019 at the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin, Germany.

ApacheCon draws attendees from more than 60 countries to experience "Tomorrow's Technology Today" by showcasing key Open Source technologies independent of business interests, corporate biases, or sales pitches. 

ApacheCon content is selected entirely by Apache projects and their communities, enabling participants at all levels to learn about the latest innovations in dozens of categories. The ApacheCon Europe program categories include Big Data, Community, IoT, Machine Learning, and Open Source Design, among others. Participants learn about Open Source development "The Apache Way", through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, hackathons, and more in a deliberately intimate, collaborative, vendor-neutral environment.

Dozens of Apache projects will be represented across dedicated categories and project tracks, including Airflow, Beam, Calcite, Cassandra, Flink, Hivemall (incubating), HTTP Server, Ignite, IoTDB (incubating), Kafka, MXNet, Mynewt, NiFi, Spark, Tika, Tomcat, Training (incubating), and more. The full program is available at https://aceu19.apachecon.com/schedule

Attendees will join The Apache Software Foundation in celebrating its 20th Anniversary with special events and activities, including dynamic discourse with select ASF founders, and keynotes by European Commission Director of Digital Business Solutions Thomas Gageik, Mastercard Executive Vice President for Global Cities Miguel Gamiño, and political analyst and writer Nanjala Nyabola.

Registration and Deadlines
  • Standard Registration: 7 October. Special discounted rates are available for select individual participants and groups. Sign up at https://aceu19.apachecon.com

  • Travel Assistance: 14 July. Members of all underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply for Travel Assistance. Apply at http://www.apache.org/travel/
Event Sponsors
ApacheCon is the primary gathering of the collective Apache community worldwide; sponsorship of the official conference series of the world’s largest Open Source foundation is one of the most effective ways to gain visibility and competitive advantage. Sponsors who showcase their products, people, and community support benefit by extending their brands to the greater Apache community, engaging with industry influencers, and connecting with potential future collaborators. Many sponsors consider ApacheCon to be an invaluable resource for recruiting top Open Source talent. ApacheCon attendees include individual developers and users, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, educators, consultants, community managers, Open Source enthusiasts, influencers, and industry analysts. 

ApacheCon Sponsors include: Aiven, Amazon, Amazon Web Services, Comcast, CrowdStrike, DataStax, eBay Tech Berlin, Google Cloud, HotWax Systems, IBM, Imply,  Instaclustr, Jahia, Linode, PCCC, Red Hat, ShapeBlue, SK Telecom, Stream Native, Tencent Cloud, The Last Pickle, and WhiteSource, among others. Community Partners include the EU Free and Open Source Software Auditing Community, Flink Forward, and Open Source Design. To become an ApacheCon Sponsor, visit https://s.apache.org/2019-BERApacheConProspectus for more information.

Media partners include BI Scout, Datafloq, dpunkt.verlag, Irish Tech News, It's FOSS, Manning Publications, O'Reilly, and SD Times. For media sponsorship opportunities and registration by credentialed members of the media and analyst community, contact Sally Khudairi at press@apache.org.

About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore "Tomorrow's Technology Today" across 300+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ , https://twitter.com/ApacheCon , and https://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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 merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 770 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Airflow", "Apache Airflow", "Beam", "Apache Beam", "Calcite", "Apache Calcite", "Cassandra", "Apache Cassandra", "Flink", "Apache Flink", "Apache HTTP Server", "Ignite", "Apache Ignite", "Kafka", "Apache Kafka", "MXNet", "Apache MXNet", "Mynewt", "Apache Mynewt", "NiFi", "Apache NiFi", "Spark", "Apache Spark", "Tika", "Apache Tika", "Tomcat", "Apache Tomcat", 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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CONTACT

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The Apache Software Foundation
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Monday June 24, 2019

Statement by The Apache Software Foundation Board of Directors

It is with a mix of sadness and appreciation that the ASF Board accepted the resignations of Board Member Jim Jagielski, Chairman Phil Steitz, and Executive Vice President Ross Gardler last month.

As an ASF co-founder, Jim has held every officer position since the Foundation’s incorporation, with the exception of a one-year break in 2018. He has played a substantial role in the development and success of the organization and is a recognized advocate of Open Source at the developer and corporate levels.

An ASF Member since 2005, Phil was instrumental in the adoption, growth, and ubiquity of Apache Java projects across many industries, most visibly financial services. He served as Vice President Apache Commons for four years, and as ASF Chairman August 2017 - May 2019.

Ross has been championing The Apache Way to governments, corporations, and educational institutions for nearly two decades. Since becoming an ASF Member in 2005, he served as Vice President of Community Development (2009-2012), ASF Director and President (2015-2016), and ASF Executive Vice President October 2016 - May 2019.

We laud their contributions to many of the ASF's achievements over the past two decades [1]. Their motivation, vision, and passion is truly inspiring. Whilst we will greatly miss their day-to-day leadership at the executive level, we are heartened that the Foundation will continue to benefit through their participation as ASF Members.

We look forward to the next chapter of the ASF as we continue to support the Foundation and hundreds of Apache projects and their communities who advance our mission of providing software for the public good at 100% no cost.

We are committed to ensuring the Foundation remains effective and stable. It's a unique opportunity in the ASF's history to build upon the accomplishments of past Boards, apply new methodologies, and work through diverse perspectives with the aim of helping the ASF continue its successful trajectory.

We appreciate your trust and are happy to discuss our progress at our upcoming ApacheCons in Las Vegas and Berlin [2].

[1] https://s.apache.org/ASF20thAnniversary
[2] https://www.apachecon.com/

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Wednesday June 05, 2019

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Program and Early Registration Incentives for ApacheCon™ North America

Official Global Conference Series heralds "Tomorrow's Technology Today" with keynotes by David Brin, James Gosling, and Samaira Mehta, plus 40 content tracks from dozens of Apache projects and their communities

Wakefield, MA —5 June 2019— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the event program and early registration for the North America edition of ApacheCon™, the ASF's official global conference series. ApacheCon North America will take place 9-12 September 2019 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Early registration incentives end 27 June 2019.

ApacheCon draws attendees from more than 60 countries to experience "Tomorrow's Technology Today" by showcasing key Open Source technologies independent of business interests, corporate biases, or sales pitches. 

ApacheCon content is selected entirely by Apache projects and their communities, enabling participants at all levels to learn about the latest innovations in dozens of categories. ApacheCon North America program categories include Big Data, Community, Content Delivery, Geospatial, Graph Processing, Integration, IoT, Machine Learning, Mobile, Observability, and Streaming, among others. Participants learn about Open Source development "The Apache Way", through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, workshops, hackathons, BarCamps, and more in a deliberately intimate, collaborative, vendor-neutral environment.

Dozens of Apache projects will be represented across dedicated categories and project tracks. They include: Accumulo, Arrow, Bahir, Beam, Calcite, Camel, Cassandra, CloudStack, Cordova, Daffodil (incubating) DataSketches (incubating), Doris (incubating), Drill, Druid (incubating), Edgent (incubating), Gobblin (incubating), Hadoop, HBase, HDFS, Heron (incubating), Hive, Hivemall (incubating), HTTP Server, Hudi (Incubating), Iceberg (incubating), Ignite, Kafka, Karaf, Kudu, Lucene, Marvin-AI (incubating), MXNet (incubating), Mynewt, Nemo (Incubating), NiFi, OFBiz, ORC, Ozone, Pinot (incubating), PLC4X, PredictionIO, Pulsar, Rya (incubating), Samza, Spark, TinkerPop, Tomcat, Toree (incubating), Traffic Control, TVM (incubating), Unomi, YARN, and more. The full program is available at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/schedule.html

Attendees will join The Apache Software Foundation in celebrating its 20th Anniversary with special events and activities, including dynamic discourse with select ASF founders, and keynotes by award-winning author and futurist David Brin, "father of Java" James Gosling, and 10-year-old CoderBunnyz/One Billion Kids Can Code founder Samaira Mehta. 

Registration and Deadlines
  • Early Registration: 27 June. Early bird incentives and additional discounted rates are available for individual participants as well as groups. Sign up at https://apachecon.com/acna19/

  • Travel Assistance: 21 June. Members of all underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply for Travel Assistance, with special funds earmarked for female Latin Americans. Apply at http://www.apache.org/travel/

  • Discounted Hotel Rooms: 19 August. Special sleeping room rates at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino are available based on availability, or when the block is sold out, whichever comes first. Book at https://www.apachecon.com/acna19/location.html

Event Sponsors
ApacheCon is the primary gathering of the collective Apache community worldwide; sponsorship of the official conference series of the world’s largest Open Source foundation is one of the most effective ways to gain visibility and competitive advantage. Sponsors who showcase their products, people, and community support benefit by extending their brands to the greater Apache community, engaging with industry influencers, and connecting with potential future collaborators. Many sponsors consider ApacheCon to be an invaluable resource for recruiting top Open Source talent. ApacheCon attendees include individual developers and users, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, educators, consultants, community managers, Open Source enthusiasts, influencers, and analysts from more than 60 countries.

ApacheCon Sponsors include: Aiven, Amazon Web Services, CrowdStrike, DataStax, Google Cloud, HotWax Commerce, IBM, Instaclustr, Jahia, Linode, RedHat, ShapeBlue, SK Telecom, WhiteSource, among others. To become an ApacheCon Sponsor, visit https://s.apache.org/2019-LASApacheConProspectus for more information.

Media partners include Manning Publications and SD Times. For media sponsorship opportunities and registration by credentialed members of the media and analyst community, contact Sally Khudairi at press@apache.org.


About ApacheCon
ApacheCon is the official global conference series of The Apache Software Foundation. Since 1998 ApacheCon has been drawing participants at all levels to explore "Tomorrow's Technology Today" across 300+ Apache projects and their diverse communities. ApacheCon showcases the latest developments in ubiquitous Apache projects and emerging innovations through hands-on sessions, keynotes, real-world case studies, trainings, hackathons, community events, and more. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/ , https://twitter.com/ApacheCon , and https://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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 merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 770 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/  and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Accumulo", "Apache Accumulo", "Arrow", "Apache Arrow", "Bahir", "Apache Bahir", "Beam", "Apache Beam", "Calcite", "Apache Calcite", "Camel", "Apache Camel", "Cassandra", "Apache Cassandra", "CloudStack", "Apache CloudStack", "Cordova", "Apache Cordova", "Drill", "Apache Drill", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", "HBase", "Apache HBase", "HDFS", "Apache HDFS", "Hive", "Apache Hive", "Apache HTTP Server", "Ignite", "Apache Ignite", "Kafka", "Apache Kafka", "Kudu", "Apache Kudu", "Lucene", "Apache Lucene", "Mynewt", "Apache Mynewt", "NiFi", "Apache NiFi", "OFBiz", "Apache OFBiz", "ORC", "Apache ORC", "Ozone", "Apache Ozone", "PLC4X", "Apache PLC4X”, "PredictionIO", "Apache PredictionIO", "Pulsar", "Apache Pulsar”, "Samza", “Apache Samza”, "Spark", “Apache Spark", "Tinkerpop", "Apache Tinkerpop”, "Tomcat", "Apache Tomcat", "Traffic Control", "Apache Traffic Control", "Unomi", "Apache Unomi", "YARN", "Apache YARN", 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Sally Khudairi
Vice President
The Apache Software Foundation
+1 617 921 8656
press@apache.org

Jessie Hennion
Public Relations Director, Virtual, Inc.
The Apache Software Foundation
+1 781 876 628
jhennion@virtualinc.com

Thursday May 30, 2019

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes JetBrains as its Newest Targeted Sponsor

Wakefield, MA —30 May 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) today welcomed JetBrains, the latest company to sponsor the ASF at the Targeted Platinum level.

"We are pleased to add JetBrains to our roster of Targeted Sponsors," said Daniel Ruggeri, ASF Vice President Fundraising. "As there are many ways to contribute to Open Source Software and the communities that support it, we are immensely grateful for our Sponsors' support by means of targeted donations in addition to monetary contributions."

"We at JetBrains strongly believe that it is necessary to give back to the Open Source ecosystem as all areas of software development rely on it heavily," said Maria Mikheyshina, Community Support Team Lead at JetBrains. "The Apache Software Foundation is an essential part of the OSS world, and it's been an honor for us to support it for so many years. Providing free JetBrains licenses to Apache committers is our way of saying 'Thank you!' for their hard work and invaluable contributions to the Open Source community."

JetBrains joins the following organizations:

ASF Sponsors

Platinum level --Amazon Web Services, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Pineapple Fund, Tencent, and Verizon Media;
Gold level --Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Union Investment, and Workday
Silver level --Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Baidu, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Inspur, ODPi, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, and Target;
Bronze level --Airport Rentals, The Blog Starter, Bookmakers, CarGurus, Cash Store, Casino Bonus, Casino2k, Cloudsoft, Emerio, Footprints Recruiting, HostChecka.com, Host Advice, HostingAdvice.com, HostPapa Web Hosting, Mobile Slots, Mutuo Kredit, Online Holland Casino, RX-M, SCAMS.info, Site Builder Report, Talend, Twitter, and Web Hosting Secret Revealed.

Targeted Sponsors

Platinum level --DLA Piper, Microsoft, OSU Open Source Labs, Sonatype, Verizon Media
Gold level --Atlassian, The CrytpoFund, Datadog, PhoenixNAP, Quenda
Silver level --Amazon Web Services, Hotwax Systems, Rackspace
Bronze level --Bintray, Education Networks of America, Google, Hopsie, No-IP, PagerDuty, Peregrine Computer Consultants Corporation, Sonic.net, SURFnet, Virtru

For more information on becoming a Sponsor of the ASF, please see http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Private Internet Access, RedHat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache" 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. 

Tuesday May 28, 2019

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Craig L. Russell as Chairman

Following the 15 May face-to-face Board meeting, Craig L. Russell was today named Chairman of the ASF. Russell is a 12-year Member of the ASF and has served as ASF Secretary from September 2010 to his election to the Board in March 2019. He succeeds Phil Steitz, who served as ASF Chairman since August 2017.

As announced earlier [1], Danny Angus and Ted Dunning were named Board Members to fill the position held by ASF co-founder Jim Jagielski and Steitz, who resigned earlier this month. David Nalley was also appointed ASF Executive Vice President, a position held by Ross Gardler from October 2016 until his resignation in May 2019.

"We thank Phil, Jim, and Ross for playing instrumental roles in helping shape the ASF where it is today," said Russell. "We are grateful for their countless hours of service and look forward to building upon their efforts."

ASF Members elect the Board of Directors to run the Foundation and to set and ensure policy. The Board of Directors are: Danny Angus, Rich Bowen, Shane Curcuru, Ted Dunning, Myrle Krantz, Daniel Ruggeri, Craig Russell, Roman Shaposhnik, and Joan Touzet.

In addition to Russell and Nalley, the ASF's corporate officers include:

  • Vice Chairman Shane Curcuru
  • President Sam Ruby
  • Treasurer Ulrich Stärk
  • Secretary Matt Sicker

The complete officer roster is available at http://apache.org/foundation/

[1] https://s.apache.org/rEAx

Wednesday May 22, 2019

Statement by The Apache Software Foundation regarding US Federal Register Notice of non-US affiliates added to Entity List Ruling

Restrictions on exports and reexports to parties named on Entity List specifically apply to activities and transactions subject to the Export Administration Regulation (EAR). [1] Open Source publicly available encryption software source code, as reclassified by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) effective September 20, 2016, is "publicly available" and "published" and is not "subject to the EAR." [2]

Open Source projects involving encryption software source code are still required to send a notice of the URL to BIS and NSA to satisfy the "publicly available" notice requirement in EAR § 742.15(b).

The ASF continues to work with Apache projects and their communities to ensure their notices are up to date and are maintained in the future.[3]

Open Source software, collaboration on Open Source code, attending open telephonic or in person meetings, and providing sponsorship funds are all activities that are not subject to the EAR and therefore should have no impact on our communities.

For more information, visit http://apache.org/foundation/license-faq.html


Roman Shaposhnik
ASF Vice President Legal Affairs

We thank DLA Piper and The Linux Foundation for their legal counsel and collaboration regarding this subject. 

[1] https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/documents/regulations-docs/2395-effective-date-of-huawei-and-affiliates-entity-list-rule

[2] 81 Fed. Reg. 64656, 64668 (September 20, 2016). See also, https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/policy-guidance/encryption/223-new-encryption

[3] https://www.apache.org/licenses/exports/

Tuesday May 21, 2019

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

Popular Open Source Remote Procedure Call framework in use at dozens of companies, including Alibaba Group, China Life, China Telecom, Dangdang, Didi Chuxing, Haier, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, among others.

Wakefield, MA —20 May 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Dubbo™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Dubbo is a high-performance, Java based RPC (remote procedure call) framework. The project was originally developed at Alibaba and open-sourced in 2011, and entered the Apache Incubator in February 2018.

"This day is not only the success of Apache Dubbo project itself, but also another success of The Apache Way," said Ian Luo, Vice President of Apache Dubbo. "Back to the time when Dubbo started to incubate at The Apache Software Foundation, there was a small number of initial committers to the project, but today the number of the Dubbo committers has increased by five times, and we are proud of having far more contributors in this project by now. It is indeed a great journey."

The Dubbo framework specifies the methods that can be called remotely across distributed and microservice systems. Its primary functionalities are: interface based remote call; fault tolerance and load balancing; and automatic service registration and discovery. Features include:

  • Transparent interface based RPC – provides high performance interface based RPC, which is transparent to users.

  • Intelligent load balancing – supports multiple load balancing strategies out of the box, which perceives downstream service status to reduce overall latency and improve system throughput.

  • Automatic service registration and discovery – supports multiple service registries that can detect service online/offline instantly.

  • High extensibility – micro-kernel and plugin design ensures that it can easily be extended by third party implementation across core features like protocol, transport, and serialization.

  • Runtime traffic routing – can be configured at runtime so that traffic can be routed according to different rules, which makes it easy to support features such as blue-green deployment, data center aware routing, etc.

  • Visualized service governance – provides rich tools for service governance and maintenance such as querying service metadata, health status, and statistics.

Apache Dubbo is in use at more than 150 companies, including Alibaba Group, China Life, China Telecom, Dangdang, Didi Chuxing, Haier, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, NetEase, Qunar, and Youzan, among others.

"Apache Dubbo is one of the most highly visible projects that was open-sourced by Alibaba," said Jiangwei Jiang, Principal Engineer at Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. "Dubbo is widely used in Alibaba and many other companies. It is one of the best designed Open Source frameworks to develop microservices with high-throughput, complicated business logic, and sophisticated governance."

"Congratulations to Dubbo for graduating from the Apache Incubator! Apache Dubbo, as a high-performance service governance framework, plays a crucial role in Didi's evolution of technical architecture," said Donghai Shi, Senior Technical Director at Didi Chuxing. "With the rapid business growth, our application services and business logic grows more and more complicated, we have been facing more and more challenges in R&D efficiency and business stability. Many thanks to Apache Dubbo, which serves as a strong support for our service governance. Based on Apache Dubbo's service governance framework, we can be more practical and determined in building business with microservices."

"Congratulations on Dubbo's promotion to an Apache Top-Level Project. As a core component of service, Dubbo has a profound impact and is one of the best choices for service architecture," said Xiaofan Yu, Architecture of NetEase Cloud Music. "We have learned a lot from Dubbo's design and implementation. I believe that it can develop in a more quick and stable way after graduation and become the cornerstone of future microservice architecture."

“Congratulations to Dubbo for becoming an Apache Top-Level Project," said Ruimin Jin, Technical Director at Youzan Cloud. "Youzan's large-scale microservice cluster is built on Apache Dubbo. Dubbo's outstanding features, flexible design, and extensive experience in the community has helped us to build distributed systems quickly. In the past three years, we have done a lot of service governance based on Dubbo and achieved very good business results. I hope that Apache Dubbo will have more achievements in multi-language in the future, and the Open Source community can also contribute more plugins to Dubbo."

"Qunar.com first chose Apache Dubbo as service infrastructure in 2012 --doing so helped us take fewer detours in the framework selection when we deployed it at scale," said Zhaohui Yu, Former Senior Director, Infrastructure Department, Qunar.com. "Our team was happy to participate in the community by fixing bugs and contributing new features over the years. Congratulations to Dubbo for graduating as an Apache Top-Level Project: it is a great honor for all Dubbo users."

"Congratulations to Dubbo graduating from the Apache Incubator. As a very popular SOA framework, Apache Dubbo forms part of our infrastructure layer to support almost all different business units within Guazi.com," said Haozhi Liu, Principal Architect at Guazi.com. "It also plays an increasingly important role along with our technical transition from PHP to Java. Furthermore, during our process of adopting Apache Dubbo, both the community and Project Management Committee have been very helpful. We truly believe that with this strong community support, Apache Dubbo project will continue to be successful in the future."

"It's both thrilling and an honor to participate in the development of Apache Dubbo," added Luo. "Our journey continues through the excellent efforts of the greater Apache Dubbo community. We welcome additional contributions to the source code, features, documentation, and discussions on the mailing list."

Catch Apache Dubbo in action at the Apache Dubbo MeetUp series (26 May/Beijing, 6 July/Shenzhen, and 17 August/Shanghai), ApacheCon North America (9-12 September/Las Vegas), and ApacheCon Europe (22-24 October/Berlin).

Availability and Oversight
Apache Dubbo 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 Dubbo, visit http://dubbo.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheDubbo

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Dubbo", "Apache Dubbo", 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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Thursday May 16, 2019

Announcing changes in the ASF Board

The Apache Software Foundation today announced that it has appointed Danny Angus and Ted Dunning as members to the Board of Directors. Angus will be serving as a first-time Board Member, and Dunning will be returning as a Board Member. They are filling the positions previously held by Jim Jagielski, who has resigned his position as Board Member, and Phil Steitz, who has resigned his position as Board Member and Chairman. In addition, Ross Gardler has resigned as Executive Vice President and has been replaced by David Nalley, who also serves as Vice President ASF Infrastructure. For more information on ASF governance, visit http://apache.org/foundation/governance/

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is the world's largest Open Source foundation. Since 1999 the ASF been developing, shepherding, and incubating 300+ freely-available, enterprise-grade projects that serve as the backbone for some of the most visible and widely used applications in computing today. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 750 individual volunteer Members and 7,000+ code Committers across six continents successfully collaborate on innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Big Data, Build Management, Cloud Computing, Content Management, DevOps, IoT and Edge Computing, Mobile, Servers, and Web Frameworks, among other categories. http://apache.org/

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Saturday May 04, 2019

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes 40 New Members

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) welcomes the following new Members who were elected during the annual ASF Members' Meeting on 26-28 March 2019:

Arpit Agarwal, Thomas Andraschko, Raymond Augé, Michael Bouschen, Liang Chen, Tianqi Chen, Felix Cheung, Bill Cole, Jan van Doorn, Junping Du, Keiichi Fujino, Trevor Grant, Sijie Guo, Jan Høydahl, Serge Huber, Dave Jones, Kenneth Knowles, Kalle Korhonen, Peter Kovacs, Roy Lenferink, Shawn McKinney, Sven Meier, Maximilian Michels, David Neuman, Jeffery Painter, Venkat Ranganathan, Kevin Ratnasekera, Stefan Seifert, Davanum Srinivas, Will Stevens, Ruth Suehle, Chris Thistlethwaite, Peter Thygesen, Rob Tompkins, Antoine Toulme, Thomas Weise, Yishay Weiss, Konrad Windszus, Jeffrey T. Zemerick, Huxing Zhang.

When the ASF incorporated in 1999, its core membership comprised 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server. This group grew with Committers —developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation, and were subsequently granted access by the Membership:

  • to "commit" or "write" (contribute) directly to the code repository;
  • the right to vote on community-related decisions; and
  • the ability propose an active user for Committership.

Those Committers who demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing Members.

This election brings the total number of ASF Members to 771 today. Individuals elected as ASF Members legally serve as the "shareholders" of the Foundation https://www.apache.org/foundation/governance/members.html

For more information on how the ASF works, visit http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html , Apache Is Open https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/apache-is-open , and Briefing: The Apache Way http://apache.org/theapacheway/

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Monday April 29, 2019

The Apache® Software Foundation Expands Infrastructure with GitHub Integration

[also see "Apache and GitHub — a friendly PSA about awesomeness" https://s.apache.org/Wkyw

Provides source code tooling services for 200M+ lines of code across 350+ Apache Projects

Wakefield, MA —29 April 2019— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today it has completed its Infrastructure support expansion by migrating its Git service to GitHub.

As the world's largest Open Source foundation, the ASF's 200M+ lines of code are overseen by an all-volunteer community of 730 individual ASF Members and 7,000 Apache code committers. Over its 20 year history, 1,058,321,099 lines of code have been committed across 3,022,836 code commits.

Apache projects initially had two version control services available via ASF Infrastructure: Apache Subversion and Git. Through the years, an increasing number of projects and their communities wanted to see their source code available on GitHub. As these were read-only mirrors, the ability to use GitHub's tools around those repositories was limited.

"In 2016, the Foundation started integrating GitHub's repository and tooling, with our own services. This enabled selected projects to use GitHub's excellent tools," said Greg Stein, ASF Infrastructure Administrator. "Over time, we improved, debugged, and solidified this integration. In late 2018, we asked all projects to move away from our internal git service, to that provided by GitHub. This shift brought all of their tooling to our projects, while we maintain a backup mirror on our infrastructure."

GitHub makes it easier for developers to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. The platform enables teams to host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside 31M+ developers, 2M+ businesses and organizations, and across 100M+ repositories.

"We're proud to have such a long standing member of the Open Source community migrate to GitHub," said Nat Friedman, Chief Executive Officer of GitHub. "Whether we're working with individual Open Source maintainers and contributors or some of the world's largest Open Source foundations like Apache, GitHub's mission is to be the home for all developers by supporting Open Source communities, addressing their unique needs, and helping Open Source projects thrive."

In February 2019, the migration to GitHub was complete, and the ASF's own git service was decommissioned.

"We continue to experiment and expand the set of services that GitHub can provide to our communities, given our own needs and requirements," added Stein. "The Foundation has started working closely with GitHub management to explore ways to make this happen, and what will be possible in the future."

To learn more on ASF Infrastructure, visit https://www.apache.org/dev/infrastructure.html
For performance statistics, visit https://www.apache.org/uptime/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache" 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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Wednesday April 24, 2019

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

Popular, award-winning Open Source development environment, tooling platform, and application framework enables Java programmers to easily build desktop, mobile, and Web applications

Wakefield, MA —24 April 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® NetBeans™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache NetBeans is an Open Source development environment, tooling platform, and application framework that enables Java programmers to build desktop, mobile, and Web applications. The project was originally developed as part of a student project in 1996, was acquired and open-sourced by Sun Microsystems in 2000, and became part of Oracle when it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010. NetBeans was submitted to the Apache Incubator in October 2016.

"Being part of the ASF means that NetBeans is now not only free and Open Source software: it is also, uniquely, and for the first time, part of a foundation specifically focused on enabling open governance," said Geertjan Wielenga, Vice President of Apache NetBeans. "Every contributor to the project now has equal say over the roadmap and direction of NetBeans. That is a new and historic step and the community has been ready for this for a very long time. Thanks to the strong stewardship of NetBeans in Sun Microsystems and Oracle, Apache NetBeans is now ready for the next phase in its development and we welcome everyone to participate as equals as we move forward."

Apache NetBeans 11.0 was released on 4 April 2019, and is the project’s third major release since entering the Apache Incubator. The project has most recently won the 2018 Duke's Choice Award, a well established industry award in the Java ecosystem.

"'Have a patch for NetBeans? Then create a pull request for Apache NetBeans!' I love how that sounds," said Jaroslav Tulach, original founder and architect of NetBeans. "I am really glad the transition has gone so well and that 'my NetBeans' has turned into a full-featured project at The Apache Software Foundation."

"From the moment that I first evaluated NetBeans for use in my courses at Dawson College and Concordia University, I recognized that it was a unique tool. In the years that followed, it has never disappointed me as the best tool for education. Now, I am even more excited about using it as it becomes a top-level project in the Apache Software Foundation," said Ken Fogel, Chairperson of Computer Science Technology at Dawson College, Montreal. "A lot of amazing developers from around the world have contributed to making NetBeans a first-class tool worthy of being under The Apache Software Foundation. Now, more than ever, its continued evolution will be faster, more responsive to the needs of the development community, and ever more open to the participation of the community. I am proud to have had a very small part in its development and I am excited to see how it will grow and evolve going forward."

By becoming an Apache project, NetBeans is benefiting from being enabled to receive more contributions from around the world. For example, large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework to build internal or commercial applications and are much more likely to contribute to NetBeans with it being part of the ASF than as part of a commercial enterprise. At the same time, individual contributors from Oracle continue to work on Apache NetBeans in its new home, as part of the worldwide community of individual contributors, both self-employed as well as from other organizations.

"Apache is the perfect home for NetBeans, allowing its long tail of historic contributors to stay involved while also launching another stage in its evolution for newcomers," said Simon Phipps, current President of the Open Source Initiative. "As a member of the new Apache NetBeans Project Management Committee, I look forward to helping in any way I can and I encourage the whole Java family to do so too."

"I've used NetBeans since I first started learning Java over 15 years ago," said Neil C. Smith, creator of PraxisLIVE. "It remains my tool of choice. It's great to be part of the Apache community and helping it to thrive. But NetBeans is more than just a development environment, it's also a powerful platform for building other business and development tools. It forms the backbone of PraxisLIVE, which I have created and continue developing on top of Apache NetBeans, powering a hybrid visual Smalltalk-like IDE for the underlying live programmable Java actor system". 

"I am an avid NetBeans user, since my first experience in about 2008. The most important aspect is, quoting Java EE guru Adam Bien: ‘It always works’," said Pieter van den Hombergh, lecturer at Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences. "This is particularly important in my job and to my audience: I teach Java, as well as, occasionally, PHP. Now that NetBeans has gone through the hard work of the transfer from Oracle to Apache, I am glad to see it increasingly becoming complete again. I am certain to enjoy using the up to date version with Java 11+, JUnit 5 integration, and all the other goodies, either built-in or provided by the many useful plugins."

"The flip side of freedom is responsibility," added Wielenga. "Now that the community finally has what’s its been asking for for so many years, it needs to step up and take ownership of Apache NetBeans. Each and every user of Apache NetBeans now has the ability to ask themselves where they can best fit in to drive the project forward -- from evaluating bugs, to reviewing pull requests, to tweaking the documentation, to verifying tutorials, to helping answer questions on the mailing lists, or sharing tips and insights on Twitter. Lack of Java knowledge and even lack of programming knowledge is no excuse; there’s really something to do for everyone with any skill or interest level. There is no need nor excuse to stand on the sidelines anymore -- NetBeans is now yours, exactly as much as you want it to be."

Catch Apache NetBeans in action at conferences all over the world. Users are welcome to set up and host their own Apache NetBeans events, such as the annual Apache NetBeans Day UK, which will be held 27 September 2019, in London.

Availability and Oversight
Apache NetBeans 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 NetBeans, visit http://netbeans.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/netbeans

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "NetBeans", "Apache NetBeans", 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® SkyWalking™ as a Top-Level Project

Open Source Application Performance Monitor (APM) tool in use at Alibaba, China Eastern Airlines, Huawei, and WeBank, among others.

Wakefield, MA —24 April 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® SkyWalking™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache SkyWalking is an application performance monitor (APM) tool that provides an automatic, highly efficient way to instrument microservices, cloud native, and container-based applications. The project was originally developed in 2015, and entered the Apache Incubator in December 2017.

"This is a special day for the SkyWalking project and its community. We thank our mentors, contributors, and the Apache Incubator for helping us achieve this goal," said Sheng Wu, Vice President of Apache SkyWalking. "The original agenda behind SkyWalking was to help newcomers understand what is distributed tracing, and the community has grown bigger and stronger since we entered the Apache Incubator. Through The Apache Way, SkyWalking has a very active and diverse community, is used by over 70 companies, and has over 100 source contributors from dozens of different organizations."

Apache SkyWalking provides tracing, service mesh telemetry analysis, metric aggregation and visualization for the distributed system. The project landscape has expanded from a pure tracing system, to an observability analysis platform, and application performance management/monitoring system. Features include:

  • Distributed tracing-based APM: 100% traces collected with low payload for original system;
  • Cloud-native friendly: observe distributed system powered by service mesh, Istio and Envoy;
  • Automated source code change: multiple language agents provided, especially with auto instrumentation supported, in Java, .NET and Nodejs;
  • Easy to operate: doesn’t require Big Data in monitoring large scale distributed system; and
  • Advanced visualization: used in traces, metrics and topology map.

Apache SkyWalking is in use at dozens of organizations that include 5i5j Group, Alibaba, autohome.com, China Eastern Airlines, China Merchants Bank, Daocloud, dangdang.com, guazi.com, Huawei, ke.com, iFLYTEK, primeton.com, Sinolink Securities, tetrate.io, tuhu.cn, tuya.com, WeBank, Yonghui Superstores, youzan.com, and more.

"Instrumentation is unquestionably the most time-consuming part of establishing a distributed tracing solution into an existing platform. I had the chance to code with some of the SkyWalking community earlier on and could see the quality being invested back then," said Mick Semb Wever, ASF Member and Apache SkyWalking Incubating Mentor. "When they were looking for mentors and a champion to help them create a proposal to become an Apache project, I was excited at the opportunity to help bring the project to the Apache Incubator, and was pleasantly surprised to see how prepared, and ASF-like, the SkyWalking community and project had already become. As was the case with Apache Kylin, SkyWalking has not only been a model project during the incubation process, they have also become ambassadors on open development The Apache Way to the greater Open Source community in China. Congratulations on graduating as an Apache Top-Level Project."

"SkyWalking is one of the only Open Source tracing systems where usability and user interface have been a focus, something missing in most Open Source projects," said Jonah Kowall, CTO at Kentik, and former VP Research at Gartner. "Making tracing and APM more easily used by developers and operations team is a key goal which makes Apache Skywalking a project to watch."

"Apache SkyWalking has done a lot of work in spreading modern cloud native observability in China and across the world," said Chris Aniczszyk, CTO and COO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. "We are happy to see Apache SkyWalking become a TLP and look forward to their community growing and collaborating with CNCF projects like Kubernetes, Envoy, Jaeger and more."

"I hear regularly from users that observability is the most important feature they're getting out of their service mesh," said Zack Butcher, Core Contributor to Istio. "By integrating Apache SkyWalking with Istio, the SkyWalking team has brought their incredible tools for deeply understanding system behavior to the mesh. We've already seen great results, and I can't wait to see what further insights users unlock using Apache SkyWalking together with Istio to observe and manage their deployments."

"At WeBank, we use different banking architectures, from distributed architecture to Open Source technologies. We’ve built a messaging bus called WeMQ based on Apache RocketMQ that fully utilizes the benefits of messaging by implementing various messaging techniques in different scenarios, such as message exchanges, pub/sub and request/reply models," said Eason Chen, WeBank Tech Specialist, and Apache RocketMQ Contributor. "However, after adding different messaging services that are critical to our business, we realized there is a need for a universal visual traceable system for the distributed message to help us to diagnosis problem of applications. We believe Apache SkyWalking can address our current challenges, and we look forward to contributing to its efforts."

"I am very glad to see SkyWalking has been promoted as Apache Top-Level Project," said Lie Mao, Architect at China Eastern Airlines IT Solution Department. "Apache SkyWalking is integrated into the China Eastern Airlines microservice architecture support platform. SkyWalking provides practical features and visualization capabilities about topology map and distributed tracing, to help us understand the distributed system. I hope the Open Source community can contribute more plugins to Apache SkyWalking to enhance its role in the multi-language hybrid architecture."

"I found SkyWalking in 2017. In two years, it has grown very fast, and the community is very active," said DongXue Si, Senior Software Engineer at CloudWise Inc. "The project is adopted by many companies, and is attracting a lot of developers. Apache SkyWalking makes application performance monitoring easier and more convenient. I believe it will be better and better powered by its diversity community: Bless it."

"As early adopters of SkyWalking, we are very glad to see it graduate as an Apache Top-Level Project," said Liang Zhang, Architect at JD.com, Podling Project Management Committee member of Apache ShardingSphere (incubating), and former Architect at dangdang.com. "Dangdang.com adopted SkyWalking much earlier before it joined the Apache Incubator: we have witnessed its development, new features, and community growth. It is a very good example for Apache ShardingSphere (incubating). I look forward to our projects cooperating on observability in databases, and building a better Open Source ecosystem together."

"Congratulations to SkyWalking for becoming an Apache Top Level project," said Yuqi Zhou, Middleware Development Manager at Sinolink Securities Co. "Apache SkyWalking’s elegant design and good performance solves the our tracing and monitoring needs. Thanks to the Open Source community for bringing us such an awesome project: I wish it continued success."

"In helping enterprise customers transform their business application from traditional architecture to a Microservices architecture, one of the most important aspects of the microservices governance platform is its observability to obtain invocation relationships between components, as well as inside service itself, and to generate statistics based on these data, including SLA of services provided to the outside world," said Grissom Wang, Chief Architect at DaoCloud. "We surveyed a number of similar Open Source technologies and eventually chose Apache SkyWalking as one of the core components of DaoCloud Microservices platform because of its openness, extendibility, high performance, excellent code quality, active community, and forward-looking integration with Istio."

"Congrats SkyWalking being an Apache TLP," said Niangang Xu, co-founder of Yonghui Cloud Computing. "Apache SkyWalking helps us to improve the design of microservice, and has been enabling us to manage and observe a lot of distributed systems at scale!"

"SkyWalking is on its way to becoming a world wide Open Source project," added Wu. "We welcome everyone to participate on our mailing lists, GitHub, and Slack channels, and to learn more through our events, presentations, Website, and documents."

Catch Apache SkyWalking in action at SkyWalking DevCon (Shanghai; 11 May 2019), GIAC (Shenzhen; 21-23 June 2019), KubeCon + CloudNativeCon China (Shanghai; 25-26 June 2019), ApacheCon North America  (Las Vegas; 9-12 September 2019), and DevOps Stage (Kiev; 18-19 October 2019).

Availability and Oversight
Apache SkyWalking 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 SkyWalking, visit http://skywalking.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ASFSkyWalking

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "SkyWalking", "Apache SkyWalking", "Kylin", "Apache Kylin", "RocketMQ", "Apache RocketMQ", 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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Tuesday April 23, 2019

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® PLC4X™ as a Top-Level Project

Open Source universal protocol adapter powers Industry 4.0 by connecting and integrating Industrial hardware and IoT edge gateways once blocked by closed-source, proprietary legacy systems, incompatible protocols, and vendor lock-in.

Wakefield, MA —23 April 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® PLC4X™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP). Apache PLC4X also has the designation as being the 200th project to graduate from the Apache Incubator.

Apache PLC4X is a universal protocol adapter for creating Industrial IoT applications through a set of libraries that allow unified access to a wide range of industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) using a variety of protocols with a shared API. The project was originally developed at codecentric AG, and entered the Apache Incubator in December 2017.

"There is a lot of hype about 'Industry 4.0,' 'industrial IoT,' and 'digitization', however, there's unfortunately been no viable way to access industrial PLCs from the Open Source world," said Christofer Dutz, Vice President of Apache PLC4X. "Apache PLC4X is the missing link between Open Source and the reality on today's industrial shop floor. We are proud that PLC4X is helping redefine how industrial software is created, and graduating as an Apache Top-Level Project is an important milestone in solidifying our project's maturity."

Connectivity and integration across industrial hardware and IoT edge gateways is often impossible with closed-source, proprietary legacy systems, incompatible protocols, and locked-in vendor solutions. Not only is Apache PLC4X an API for communicating with industrial hardware, it also provides a set of drivers for communicating using a variety of industrial protocols. In addition, PLC4X ships with a wide variety of integration modules to make it easy to use in other Open Source solutions and frameworks.

Companies needing unified access to any type of industrial PLCs are choosing Apache PLC4X  to capture actionable intelligence through a growing number of interconnected systems and sensors.

"We build industrial IoT solutions and do edge computing in the industrial ecosystem, thus PLC connection is an important concern for us but no part of our core business," said Julian Feinauer, CEO at pragmatic industries GmbH. "As there were no open alternatives, we used our own home-made stack for PLC communication and regularly had issues with edge cases or bugs. We moved to Apache PLC4X about half a year ago and already see the payoff of the initial efforts. Since moving to PLC4X we see a massive performance boost, have connectors to more types of PLCs, and reached very good stability."

"At first we intended to use OPC-UA to establish a connection between our software and the PLC in question," said Andreas Wieland, Technology Consultant at Intelligent Data Analytics GmbH & Co. KG. "We decided to switch to Apache PLC4X for various reasons. One of the major advantages PLC4X has over OPC-UA is a measurable performance improvement and higher responsiveness due to its direct low-level access of variables provided by the PLC. With PLC4X we are able to support a wide range of systems without additional effort or the need of making changes to our software while keeping compatibility to a number of well-known standards."

"Cost and lack of interoperability are significant hurdles in the digital transformation of the shop floor," said Dr. Boris Adryan, Chief Digital Organization at Merck KGaA. "Open Source software can help to overcome these hurdles. We've assessed Apache PLC4X on a training setup for chemical engineers and plant operators, and find it a valuable addition to our toolbox of OT/IT interfaces."

Written in Java with support for various protocols including S7-Step7, Modbus, EtherNet/IP, and Beckhoff ADS, future versions of Apache PLC4X will include versions in C++ and C#, as well as support for BACnet, Emerson DeltaV, KNXNet/IP, Profinet, and other protocols. In addition to providing integrations modular to Apache IoT projects such as Apache Camel, Apache Edgent (incubating), Apache Kafka, and Apache NiFi, the project is planning to also add Apache Brooklyn and Apache Mynewt, among others.

"The past two years have been very challenging, but also very rewarding. It is clear how Apache PLC4X can really help make a difference, and we’re excited to build upon our work thus far," added Dutz. "We invite those interested to join us and help bring the benefits of The Apache Way in developing open software, open communities, and sharing knowledge to the industry."

Catch Apache PLC4X in action at Jug Thüringen (18 June in Erfurt, Germany), ApacheCon North America (9-12 September in Las Vegas, United States), and ApacheCon Europe (22-24 October in Berlin, Germany).

Availability and Oversight
Apache PLC4X 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 PLC4X, visit http://plc4x.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apacheplc4x

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects that provide $20B+ worth of Apache Open Source software to the public at 100% no cost. Through the ASF's merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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 Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Thursday March 28, 2019

Announcing New ASF Board of Directors

At The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Members' Meeting held this week, the following individuals were elected to the ASF Board of Directors:

 - Rich Bowen
 - Shane Curcuru
 - Jim Jagielski
 - Myrle Krantz
 - Daniel Ruggeri
 - Craig Russell
 - Roman Shaposhnik
 - Phil Steitz
 - Joan Touzet

The ASF thanks Bertrand Delacretaz, Isabel Drost-Fromm, Ted Dunning, Brett Porter, and Mark Thomas, who chose not to stand for re-election this year. The Foundation thanks them for their service, and welcomes our new and returning directors.

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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