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Friday April 28, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 28 April 2017

April is coming to a close with the following activities from the Apache community:

Support Apache –billions of people benefit from Apache software. We are grateful to those who support the ASF by making a donation, no matter the size. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 May 2017. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield lyte performance at 99.92% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today: Big Data, Cloud, Flex, IoT, Tomcat, and dozens of Apache projects across 200+ sessions, 150+ speakers, 4 subconferences, BarCampApache and more. http://apachecon.com/ Register today!
 - PREVIEWS exclusively on Feathercast https://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Support your favorite Apache projects and communities at ApacheCon by becoming an Apache Community and/or BarCamp Sponsor http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

Apache Attic™ –provides process and solutions to make it clear when an Apache project has reached its end of life.
 - Apache Wink retired http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3CF9AFF103-D166-4E0A-BAA6-30341D780FB8%40apache.org%3E

Apache Apex™ –a unified platform for Big Data stream and batch processing.
 - Reflections on the One Year Anniversary of Apache Apex http://www.atrato.io/blog/2017/04/25/one-year-apex/

Apache cTAKES™ –Widely adopted Open Source biomedical data extraction, annotation, and clinical information management platform now faster and easier to use.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® cTAKES™ v4.0 https://s.apache.org/OJJw

Apache Fineract™ –Open Source FinTech system for core banking platform enables financial services for billions of unbanked and underbanked individuals worldwide.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Fineract™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/QvFR

Apache Groovy™ –a powerful, optionally typed and dynamic language, with static-typing and static compilation capabilities, for the Java platform aimed at improving developer productivity thanks to a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.11 released http://www.groovy-lang.org/download.html

Apache MINA™ FtpServer –a network application framework which helps users develop high performance and high scalability network applications easily.
 - Apache FtpServer 1.1.1 released http://mina.apache.org/ftpserver/downloads.html

Apache Kafka™ –a distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
 - Apache Kafka 0.10.2.1 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi?path=/kafka/0.10.2.1/kafka-0.10.2.1-src.tgz

Apache Libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple Cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache Libcloud 2.0.0 release http://libcloud.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 6.5.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/java/6.5.1
 - Apache Solr 6.5.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/solr/6.5.1

Apache Metron ™ –Open Source Cyber Security Data Analytics Platform used for rapid detection and response to threats at massive scale.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Metron™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/e4Uh

Apache Open Climate Workbench™ –a comprehensive suite of algorithms, libraries, and interfaces designed to standardize and streamline the process of interacting with large quantities of observational data and conducting regional climate model evaluations.
 - Apache Open Climate 1.2.0 released http://climate.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache PredictionIO (incubating) –an Open Source Machine Learning Serverbuilt on top of state-of-the-art open source stack, that enables developers to manage and deploy production-ready predictive services for various kinds of machine learning tasks.
 - Apache PredictionIO 0.11.0-incubating released https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/incubator/predictionio/0.11.0-incubating/

Apache Qpid™ –newer JMS client supporting the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464, http://www.amqp.org), based around the Apache Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.22.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that shopping24.de uses Apache Solr for eCommerce search? http://solr.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Capital One uses Apache JMeter, Apache Kafka, Apache Metron, and Apache NiFi in its security intelligence framework? http://jmeter.apache.org/ http://kafka.apache.org/ http://metron.apache.org/ http://nifi.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Catalyst uses Apache JMeter as a load testing tool? http://jmeter.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM

 - Introducing the new Apache Community Newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-march-2017 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity . Do friend and follow us.

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Tuesday April 25, 2017

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® cTAKES™ v4.0

Widely adopted Open Source biomedical data extraction, annotation, and clinical information management platform now faster and easier to use.

Forest Hill, MD —25 April 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache® cTAKES™ v4.0, the latest version of the Open Source natural language processing system for information extraction from health-related free-text.

Apache cTAKES (clinical Text Analysis Knowledge Extraction System) is a natural-language processing based information extraction platform for health-related text that identifies signals important for the biomedical domain including types of clinical named entities mapped to various biomedical terminologies/ontologies such as the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) -- drugs, diseases/disorders, signs/symptoms, anatomical sites and procedures along with their associated attributes such as negation, uncertainty, and more.

"Apache cTAKES has helped considerably advance biomedical data extraction and clinical information management over the last several years," said Pei Chen, Vice President of Apache cTAKES. "We are proud to lead the development of a widely adopted, interoperable, community-driven solution for clinical decision support systems and clinical research. The improvements in v4 makes cTAKES easier to use, thereby benefiting the greater medical community."

cTAKES originated in 2006 by a team of physicians, computer scientists, and software engineers at Mayo Clinic, and was submitted to the Apache Incubator in June 2012. cTAKES was built using the Apache UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) framework and Apache OpenNLP machine-learning based toolkit for the processing of health-related natural language text. Apache cTAKES components create rich linguistic and semantic annotations that have been utilized for a variety of biomedical use cases including clinical decision support systems and clinical research. 

Highlights of Apache cTAKES v4 include:
  • Dictionary Builder Graphical user interface (GUI) for easy dictionary selection and build-up;
  • Pipe Bits to be used to describe cTAKES modules for programs that help users create pipelines such as document descriptions of components, and inputs, outputs, parameters, dependencies implemented as Java annotations simplifies pipeline builders indicates whether a component is a Collection Reader, Annotator, or a Cas Consumer (Writer);
  • Piper files, allowing fast and easy creation and modification of custom pipelines with many capabilities;
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) for easy pipeline creation to select cTAKES components, view descriptions of the components, and inputs, outputs, parameters, dependencies implemented using the new Pipe Bits;
  • Example Clinical Documents with manual expert annotations of clinical narratives (mock ups). The narratives were annotated using the Open Source Anafora annotation tool (https://github.com/weitechen/anafora);
  • Temporal module for extraction of events, time expressions, and temporal relations; and
  • Numerous bug fixes that resulted in a more stable, much faster and robust release

"Apache cTAKES v4 release is a pivotal milestone that incorporates state-of-the-art methods for some of the most difficult tasks in clinical narrative processing and information extraction, namely coreference resolution and temporality. Integrating novel user friendly interfaces and a scaled up optimization of its core concept mapper, v4 provides the open-source and medical communities a stable, industrial strength tool to mine clinical text," said Prof. Guergana Savova, ASF Member and Apache cTAKES Project Management Committee member, and Principal Investigator of the Natural Language Processing Lab at the Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children’s Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. "The world-wide community involvement is exactly what we envisioned when we started cTAKES back in 2006. We are grateful to the community for its many contributions and are greatly appreciative of the efforts of Sean Finan and James Masanz, members of the Apache cTAKES Project Management Committee for leading this milestone release."

"We are using Apache cTAKES v4 to link phenotypic and genomic/genetic data for the Boston Children’s Hospital Precision Link Biobank," said Kenneth D. Mandl, Director of the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

"We are using cTAKES to help identify people with multiple sclerosis from the electronic health records and investigate disease trajectory and treatment response in this chronic neurological disorder," said Zongqi Xia, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Informatics at University of Pittsburgh.

"We have been using cTAKES in the VA Radiology Reports to look for word tokens that correlate with lung, liver and other findings," said Dr. Joe Erdos, faculty at Yale School of Medicine and associated scientist at the Veterans Affairs (VA) in Connecticut.

"We have been frequent users of cTAKES since the 3.x days, and are excited by the cTAKES release," said Chris Mattmann, Principal Data Scientist in the Engineering & Science Directorate at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and member of the Apache cTAKES Project Management Committee. "Our Shangridocs tool that allows for interactive text extraction and analysis from science research papers in the bioinformatics/clinical domain is built around Apache cTAKES and Apache OpenNLP. We plan on upgrading ASAP to cTAKES 4.0 and contributing to the platform. cTAKES scalability is something we are very interested in - and in the ability to extend the existing UMLS taxonomy with custom medical metadata and information and cTAKES 4.0 (and beyond) is the perfect platform for growth in this area."

Availability and Oversight
Apache cTAKES 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 cTAKES, visit http://ctakes.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "cTAKES", "Apache cTAKES", 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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Monday April 24, 2017

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

Open Source FinTech system for core banking platform enables financial services for billions of unbanked and underbanked individuals worldwide.

Forest Hill, MD –24 April 2017– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache® Fineract™ 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.

The first Apache project developed from within the financial services technology sector (known as "FinTech"), Apache Fineract is an Open Source system for core banking as a platform. Fineract provides a reliable, robust, and affordable solution for entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and service providers to offer financial services to the world’s 2 billion underbanked and unbanked.

"Core banking software is one of the oldest applications of digital electronic computing. Apache Fineract's graduation as a Top-Level Project is an important next step for Open Source into applications that affect us all," said Myrle Krantz, Vice President of Apache Fineract.

Fineract was created at the Mifos (Micro Finance Open Source) Initiative (a spin-off of the Grameen Foundation, launched by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the father of microfinance), which began to develop software in 2004 to meet the demands of microfinance institutions (MFIs). In December 2015, the Mifos Initiative submitted Fineract to the Apache Incubator.

"In many ways Fineract broke new grounds as an Incubating project at the ASF," said Roman Shaposhnik, Apache Fineract Incubator Mentor, Director of Open Source Strategy at Pivotal and Vice President Technology for ODPi at Linux Foundation. It was the first project that was originally developed by a non-profit: Mifos Initiative. It was the first project with an extremely important social agenda in mind: speed up the elimination of poverty. It was the first project that fully embraced the next generation microservices architecture. But there's one thing that gets me even more excited: how quickly the Fineract community embraced 'The Apache Way' of project governance. They truly made my job as a mentor smooth sailing and I wish them to grow by leaps and bounds now that they are a TLP at the ASF."

Apache Fineract can be deployed in any environment, whether Cloud or on-premise, on- or offline, on mobile or PC. Fineract is extensible enough to support any organizational type or delivery channel, and flexible enough to support any product, service, or methodology. For any organization, large or small, Apache Fineract will provide the client data management, loan and savings portfolio management, integrated real time accounting, and social and financial reporting needed to bring digital financial services in a modern connected world.

"As the steward of the Open Source Mifos community since its inception at the Grameen Foundation in 2006, I'm excited for the next phase of growth and development for our ecosystem as it becomes a part of the Apache community," said Edward Cable, President/CEO, Mifos Initiative. "Organizations like Musoni Services and Conflux Technologies have blazed a trail in showing others how to build sustainable and impactful financial inclusion solutions on top of the Apache Fineract platform. I look forward to cultivating and catalyzing new innovations for financial inclusion amongst the developers across The Apache Software Foundation."

An array of organizations use Apache Fineract for rapid product development, support for multiple lending methodologies, full range of deposit products, and flexible calculation of interest, penalties, and fees.

"In my role as CTO of Musoni I have been working in the Fineract community since the very early days, and have seen the community and platform grow to the mature state it is in today," said Sander van der Heyden, CTO, Musoni. "We are using Fineract as one of the core components for our cloud-based core-banking platform, which is currently in use by over 90 MFI's across Africa. Together with the community our team has collaborated on a large number of the features that are in the platform today. We would not have been able to deliver these without the advantages of working together with others in the community, sharing experience, market knowledge and development capacity. The Fineract community is in a truly unique position to have access to hands-on knowledge of financial markets and products across almost all developing markets worldwide and to combine these into the platform. Now that the project is graduating we are hoping to see even more activity and growth in the community, especially looking forward to new versions more suitable for modern cloud based architectures, which are already in development."

"We are the innovation lab for Gentera in which we are devoted to create new business models for the base of the pyramid, through internal entrepreneurs working in specific projects and supporting and collaborating with startups focusing on this market. We have used Fineract because it allowed us to generate loans through its API in a very flexible way, which enables us to offer a completely digitized offer for our group loans clients," said Eduardo Lincona, Platforms Subdirector at Fiinlab. "It has contributed to our success because on our current core banking we were not able to create loans through an interface, therefore it was impossible for us to offer a 100% digitized experience for them. This functionality allowed us to test whether it is feasible to offer a digital loan to our customers. The community is very wide and has many on line materials, in addition Aleks, who has been our consultant, has done a tremendous work allowing us to react very quickly to the demands of our customers."

"Apache Fineract's breadth of functionality and ease of extensibility has enabled us to leverage the same for building 'Finflux', a next generation core-banking system serving multiple sectors of the financial services industry including digital banks, fin-tech lenders, microfinance institutions, co-operatives, credit unions, self-help groups and business correspondents," said Vishwas Babu, CTO of Conflux Technologies. "Engineers at Conflux have been deeply involved with Apache Fineract since its inception, and we look forward to continue contributing our mite towards the project's success."

"For many years, technology had been a barrier to our rapid expansion plans," said Samit Shetty, Director of Chaitanya India Fin Credit Pvt. Ltd. "With the help of Conflux Technologies and their solutions which are powered by Apache Fineract, technology is now our primary business accelerator."

"With the help of Conflux Technologies, we moved from a manual system to a core banking solution powered by Apache Fineract to consolidate varied groups to follow our standardized procedures and reduce reporting delays and efforts by 40%," said Ruhiu (Gathogo) John, ICT Officer at Caritas Nairobi.

"To fully participate in the digital world, all people need access to banking services and electronic money," said Paul Maritz, an industry executive and investor, and a long-time supporter of Mifos.org and Fineract. "Open Source is playing an increasingly important role in today’s software world, and Fineract is an important foundation to enable access by all to the digital world."

"The Apache Fineract community is proud to provide code which helps institutions extend banking services to the poorest of the poor, thus helping them to lift themselves out of poverty," added Krantz. "We welcome contributors who want to support the Fineract technology, from the Fineract code itself, to documentation, and best practices information."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Fineract 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 Fineract, visit http://fineract.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheFineract

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

Open Source Cyber Security Data Analytics Platform used for rapid detection and response to threats at massive scale.

Forest Hill, MD –24 April 2017– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache® Metron™ 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 Metron provides a scalable, advanced security analytics framework to offer a centralized tool for security monitoring and analysis. Metron’s extensible platform integrates a number of elements from the Apache Hadoop ecosystem to effectively enable rapid detection and rapid response using both traditional rules and machine learning for advanced security threats.

"It is abundantly clear that cybersecurity challenges are becoming a bigger part of our reality," said Casey Stella, Vice President of Apache Metron. "Solving them effectively and at scale requires an Open Source, community-oriented approach built upon proven scalable technologies. This is what Metron is about at its core."

Metron is a unified platform for aggregating and enriching a wide variety of security related data.   Built atop Apache Storm, Apache HBase and Apache Kafka, Metron can ingest, transform and normalize any source of telemetry at scale, including full network packet capture. Data ingested into Metron can be enriched with valuable context such as geographic location or asset identifiers as it streams by. New enrichments can be specified with no-downtime through user defined functions and a robust scripting language. Security threats can be specified and triaged using either rules or machine learning models so that only the greatest threats are prioritized for threat response and investigation.

Highlights include:
  • Mechanism to capture, store, and normalize any type of security;
  • Telemetry at extremely high rates;
  • Real time processing and application of enrichments;
  • Efficient information storage;
  • Interface that provides a centralized view of data and alerts passed through the system; and 
  • Use of statistical summary data structures (e.g. sketches) to perform security analytics even on the largest of data sets

Apache Metron leverages Big Data and machine learning to enable users to rapidly detect and respond to cyber security threats, whether in application-specific environments such as an email service provider, or across the Internet of Things (IoT). Australia’s largest telecommunications, media, and Internet Service Provider, Telstra, uses Apache Metron to power enterprise-grade security operations centers (SOCs) in key service hubs.

"Going through the Apache incubation process really illuminated how valuable and important it was to build vibrant and inclusive communities around code. Having infrastructure support from the ASF and active mentors to shepherd us through the hurdles made all the difference in the world," added Stella. "The core ideals of openness, community, and transparency are prerequisites for solving cybersecurity challenges. Metron was a great fit in Apache because the ASF shares those core ideals. It really does take a village to solve the really hard problems."

Metron initiated at Cisco in 2014 as OpenSOC. The project was submitted to the Apache Incubator in December 2015, and released its first release of Apache Metron in April 2016.

Catch Apache Metron in action at the DataWorks Summit, 13-15 June 2017 in San Jose.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Metron 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 Metron, visit http://metron.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheMetron 

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

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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

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Friday April 21, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 21 April 2017

As we're cranking through April, the Apache community has been working on:

Support Apache –if Apache software has helped you, please consider making a donation, no matter the size. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 May 2017. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield swift performance at 99.95% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today. The latest in Big Data, Cloud, Flex, IoT, Tomcat, and dozens of other leading Apache projects across 200+ sessions, 150+ speakers, 4 subconferences, BarCampApache and more. http://apachecon.com/ Register today!
 - PREVIEWS on ApacheCon and Apache: Big Data, exclusively on Feathercast https://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Support your favorite Apache project and community at ApacheCon by becoming an Apache Community and/or BarCamp Sponsor http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

The Apache Software Foundation Recognizes Apache Innovations Integral to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers Investigation
 - Apache Open Source library, search, and document management tools used in investigating the biggest leak in journalism history. https://s.apache.org/UkEw

Apache Commons™ JEXL –a library intended to facilitate the implementation of dynamic and scripting features in applications and frameworks written in Java.
 - Apache Commons JEXL 3.1 released https://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-jexl/download_jexl.cgi 

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.25 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache JMeter™ –used to test performance both on static and dynamic resources such as files, Servlets, Perl scripts, Java Objects, Data Bases and Queries, FTP Servers, and more.
 - Apache JMeter 3.2 released http://jmeter.apache.org/download_jmeter.cgi

Apache Kudu™ –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu 1.3.1 released http://kudu.apache.org/releases/1.3.1/

Apache Log4j™ –provides logging services for Java.
 - CVE-2017-5645: Apache Log4j socket receiver deserialization vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3CCACmp6kodWRpk7U6cguk3_TyP%2BFcA11sBExvb83EntE51Secn6A%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Mahout™ –scalable machine learning library.
 - Apache Mahout 0.13.0 released http://www.apache.org/dist/mahout/0.13.0/

Apache OpenWebBeans™ –an ALv2-licensed implementation of the "Contexts and Dependency Injection for the Java EE platform" specification which is defined as JSR-299.
 - Apache OpenWebBeans-1.7.3 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/openwebbeans/1.7.3/

Apache POI™ –Open Source Java library and APIs for various file formats based on Microsoft Office.
 - Apache POI 3.16 released https://poi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.3 released http://syncope.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.14 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.0.M20 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache TinkerPop‏ Gremlin is Turing Complete? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

 - Did you know that BarCamp Apache will be held prior to ApacheCon, and, per usual, will be free of charge to participate? http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/extend-the-experience/barcamp

 - Did you know that Walmart Labs uses Apache Storm and Apache Kafka? http://storm.apache.org/ and http://kafka.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM

 - Introducing the new Apache Community Newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-march-2017 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity . Do friend and follow us.

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Monday April 17, 2017

The Apache® Software Foundation Recognizes Apache Innovations Integral to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers Investigation

Apache Open Source library, search, and document management tools used in investigating the biggest leak in journalism history.

Forest Hill, MD —17 April 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the role played by several Apache projects in the investigation of the Panama Papers.

At 2.6 terabytes of data, the Panama Papers is the largest leak of all time, comprising 11.5M financial and legal records sent from an anonymous source. The journalistic cooperation involved more than 400 journalists from 100 publications on six continents over the course of a year. The discovery exposed a complex system of criminal and corrupt activities secretly hidden by offshore concerns. The investigation recently received a Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category.

"The Apache Software Foundation incorporated 18 years ago with the mission to create software for the public good," said ASF President Sam Ruby. "We are honored that Apache software played a critical role with the Panama Papers, and congratulate the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and their media partners on this prestigious award."

The discovery, exchange, and management of information that involved 214,488 entities was made possible by:
  • Tika --toolkit that detects and extracts metadata and structured text content from various documents. Used for document processing.

  • Solr --enterprise search server, based on the Lucene Java search library, with advanced highlighting, faceted search, caching, and replication capabilities. Used for search and indexing.

  • PDFBox --Open Source Java library for working with PDF documents. Used for capturing text from PDF documents.

  • POI --Open Source Java library and APIs for various file formats based on Microsoft Office. Used to extract and manipulate Excel, Word, and PowerPoint files.

  • Commons --40+ projects for reusable Open Source Java components. Used to boost cross-platform development and productivity.

In addition to Apache software, a number of other Open Source projects were also integral to the investigation. This includes Tesseract-ocr (whose optical character recognition engine was used for capturing text from images), Project Blacklight (used as a discovery interface), and Jackcess (used for reading and writing MS Access databases): three examples of the millions of software solutions distributed under the Apache License v2.0, that allows for their free use, modification, and sharing.

Apache Open Source Projects
Many of the ASF's 300+ projects serve as the backbone for some of the world's 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 other categories.

Programmers, solutions architects, individual users, educators, researchers, corporations, governments, and enthusiasts worldwide depend on Apache software for development tools, libraries, frameworks, visualizers, end-user productivity solutions, and more.

75% of Apache's 150M lines of code have been developed over 65,000 person years, and are valued at US$7B. The ASF serves approximately 9M source code downloads from Apache mirrors on a yearly basis, excluding convenience binaries. Worldwide dependency on Apache software continues to grow, with Web requests received from every Internet-connected country on the planet.

The Apache Incubator is home to 63 projects undergoing development, with emerging innovations Big Data, communication protocols, connected devices, cryptography, data science/machine learning/analytics, development frameworks, microfinances, remote desktop access, serverless computing, and more.

All Apache products are available to the public-at-large completely free of charge. All software development and project leadership is done entirely by volunteers. As a not-for-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1.2M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services that keep Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Apache Commons", "PDFBox", "Apache PDFBox", "POI", "Apache POI", "Solr", "Apache Solr", "Tika", "Apache Tika", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Friday April 14, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 14 April 2017

The Apache community salutes the ASF's 18 years of Open Source leadership with ongoing productivity:

Support Apache –Apache projects benefit billions of users worldwide for less than $5K/project/year. Please consider making a donation, no matter the size. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 April 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

Apache Community Development –helps guide newcomers towards becoming a part of the Apache community.
 - Introducing the new Apache Community Newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-march-2017 and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield twinkling performance back in the "three nines" at 99.89% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today. We're looking forward to seeing you the week of 15 May in Miami.
 - Learn the latest in Big Data, Cloud, Flex, IoT, Tomcat, and dozens of other leading Apache projects across 200+ sessions, 150+ speakers, 4 subconferences, BarCampApache and more. http://apachecon.com/ Register by 17 April and save $200!
 - PREVIEWS on ApacheCon and Apache: Big Data, exclusively on Feathercast –featuring Roman Shaposhnik on IoT; Ismaël Mejia & Etienne Chauchot on Apache Beam; Mark Thomas on Tomcat; and Shawn McKinney on Java security https://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Support your favorite Apache project and community at ApacheCon by becoming an Apache Community Sponsor http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

Apache Ignite™ –in-Memory Data Fabric providing in-memory data caching, partitioning, processing, and querying components.
 - [CVE-2016-6805] Arbitrary File Read due to eXternal Xml Entity attack in Apache Ignite http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3CB39FC5C0-9AC5-4E84-A450-AFF690B74D9C%40apache.org%3E

Apache Libcloud™ –a Python library that abstracts away the differences among multiple Cloud provider APIs.
 - Apache Libcloud 2.0.0rc2 released http://libcloud.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Log4j™ –provides logging services for Java.
 - Apache Log4j 2.8.2 released https://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 6.0.53 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2017-5651 Apache Tomcat Information Disclosure http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3C63a584ba-4db7-85d3-0206-c1164b9d26c6%40apache.org%3E
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2017-5650 Apache Tomcat Denial of Service http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3C6d8077ef-1bcb-d07b-0bd0-f70ab0043faf%40apache.org%3E
 - [SECURITY] CVE-2017-5648 Apache Tomcat Information Disclosure http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3C8a78e8fe-616e-1959-3c0e-26704fc72766%40apache.org%3E

Apache Twill™ –an abstraction over Apache Hadoop® YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed applications, allowing developers to focus instead on their application logic.
 - Apache Twill 0.11.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/twill/0.11.0/src


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that, over the past week, 518 Apache Committers changed 917,176 lines of code over 2,740 commits? http://status.apache.org/#commits

 - Did you know that Apache innovation will be highlighted at ApacheCon and Apache: Big Data with presentations on numerous podlings, including Edgent, Gossip, Hivemall, iota, Mynewt, OpenWhisk, RocketMQ + more? http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that HBaseCon ASIA will be held on 4 August in Shenzhen, China? http://hbase.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM

 - We have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Organization for the 12th consecutive year --Apache Committer Mentors wanted! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5416945173135360/

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

 - The new Apache Community Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ Do friend and follow us. 

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Friday April 07, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 7 April 2017

Welcome, April! The Apache community is starting the month with great progress:

Support Apache –if Apache software has helped you, please consider making a donation, no matter the size. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 April 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

Success at Apache –our fifth installment in the new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors by Daniel Gruno https://s.apache.org/4pjM

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield kicking performance at 97.27% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today.
 - Learn the latest in Big Data, Cloud, Flex, IoT, Tomcat, and dozens of other leading Apache projects across 200+ sessions, 150+ speakers, 4 subconferences, BarCampApache and more. http://apachecon.com/ Sign up today and save $200!
 - Become an Apache Community Sponsor at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

Apache Attic™ –provides process and solutions to make it clear when an Apache project has reached its end of life.
 - Apache Abera retired http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3CCAK2iWdQ7w2DQgAxL6snQnwX3P%3DSqFOBBQW6M469VUzz-F83pUw%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Accumulo™ –sorted, distributed key/value store is a robust, scalable, high performance data storage system that features cell-based access control and customizable server-side processing.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.7.3 released https://accumulo.apache.org/downloads/

Apache Apex™ Malhar –an enterprise grade big data-in-motion platform that unifies stream and batch processing.
 - Apache Apex Malhar 3.7.0 released http://apex.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Buildr™ –a build system for Java-based applications, including support for Scala, Groovy and a growing number of JVM languages and tools.
 - Apache Buildr 1.5.2 released http://buildr.apache.org/

Apache Flex™ –application framework for expressive Web applications that deploy to all major browsers, desktops and devices.
 - Apache Flex BlazeDS 4.7.3 released http://flex.apache.org/

Apache Geode™ –a data management platform that provides a database-like consistency model, reliable transaction processing and a shared-nothing architecture to maintain very low latency performance with high concurrency processing.
 - Apache Geode 1.1.1 released http://geode.apache.org/releases/
 - [CVE-2017-5649] Apache Geode information disclosure vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201704.mbox/%3CCAEwge-E4y%3DEVfhwpfRwsbnBH_hBS3Q-BJS%2B1BX5omYGW4dnR1w%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-faceted language for the Java platform.
 - Apache Groovy 2.5.0-alpha-1 released http://www.groovy-lang.org/download.html

Apache Guacamole (incubating) –a clientless remote desktop gateway that supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.
 - Apache Guacamole 0.9.12-incubating released http://guacamole.incubator.apache.org/releases/0.9.12-incubating/

Apache Jackrabbit™ – a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.12.7 released https://jackrabbit.apache.org/jcr/downloads.html#v2.12
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.4.15 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ Solr –the popular, blazing-fast, Open Source enterprise search platform built on Apache Lucene.
 - Apache Solr Reference Guide for Solr 6.5 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/ref-guide/apache-solr-ref-guide-6.5.pdf

Apache Nutch™ –a well matured, production ready Web crawler.
 - Apache Nutch 1.13 released http://nutch.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.77 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.43 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi

Apache UIMA™ –a component architecture and framework for the analysis of unstructured content like text, video and audio data.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDK 2.10.0 released http://uima.apache.org

Apache Zeppelin™ –a collaborative data analytics and visualization tool for distributed, general-purpose data processing system such as Apache Spark, Apache Flink, etc.
 - Apache Zeppelin 0.7.1 released http://zeppelin.apache.org/download.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects have anniversaries in April? Apache CXF (9 years); Avro, HBase, Mahout, Nutch, Tika, and Traffic Server (7 years); Creadur, Jena (5 years); DeltaSpike (4 years), ORC, Parquet (2 years); Apex, AsterixDB, Johnzon (1 year) --Many Happy Returns! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Redfin sends thousands of notifications per minute and millions of emails each day using Apache Kafka and Samza? http://kafka.apache.org/ and http://samza.apache.org/

 - Did you know that we are experiencing a greater influx of participants, with nearly 300 new code contributors and 300-400 new people filing issues each month? https://projects.apache.org/statistics.html


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM

 - We have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Organization for the 12th consecutive year --Apache Committer Mentors wanted! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5416945173135360/

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

 - The new Apache Community Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ Do friend and follow us. 

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Friday March 31, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 31 March 2017

We've had a great week! Here's what happened:

The Apache Software Foundation Announces 18 Years of Open Source Leadership https://s.apache.org/DHlr
 - We invite you to make a contribution and help ensure Apache projects continue to be freely available http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Welcome new ASF Board members Rich Bowen, Shane Curcuru, Bertrand Delacretaz, Ted Dunning, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, Phil Steitz, and Mark Thomas.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 April 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield reliable performance at 97.26% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today.
 - Learn the latest in Big Data, Cloud, Flex, IoT, Tomcat, and dozens of other leading Apache projects across 100+ sessions, 75+ speakers, 4 subconferences, BarCampApache and more. https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/apachecon-tomorrow-s-software-today Sign up today and save $200!
 - Become an Apache Community Sponsor at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

Apache ActiveMQ™ – the most popular and powerful Open Source Message Broker.
 - Apache ActiveMQ Artemis 1.5.4 released http://activemq.apache.org/artemis/

Apache Atlas (incubating) –a scalable and extensible set of core foundational governance services that enables enterprises to effectively and efficiently meet their compliance requirements within Apache Hadoop and allows integration with the whole enterprise Big Data ecosystem.
 - Apache Atlas 0.8-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/atlas/0.8.0-incubating/

Apache Buildr™ –a build system for Java-based applications, including support for Scala, Groovy and a growing number of JVM languages and tools.
 - Apache Buildr 1.5.1 released http://buildr.apache.org/

Apache Calcite™ –a dynamic Big Data management framework.
 - Apache Calcite 1.12.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/calcite/apache-calcite-1.12.0/

Apache Edgent (incubating) –a stream processing programming model and lightweight micro-kernel style runtime to execute analytics at devices on the edge or at the gateway.
 - Apache Edgent 1.1.0-incubating released https://edgent.apache.org/docs/downloads.html

Apache FreeMarker (incubating) –a template engine: a Java library to generate text output (HTML web pages, e-mails, configuration files, source code, etc.) based on templates and changing data.
 - Apache FreeMarker 2.3.26-incubating released http://freemarker.org/freemarkerdownload.html

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 1.2.5 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/hbase/1.2.5

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 6.5.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/core/mirrors-core-latest-redir.html
 - Apache Solr 6.5.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Quickstep (incubating) –a high-performance SQL database that auto-manages configuration.
 - Apache Quickstep 0.1.0-incubating released https://quickstep.incubator.apache.org/release

Apache Parquet™ –a general-purpose columnar file format supporting nested data.
 - Apache Parquet C++ 1.0.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/parquet/apache-parquet-cpp-1.0.0/

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 -Apache Storm 1.1.0 released http://storm.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.0.M19 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi

Apache UIMA™ –a component architecture and framework for the analysis of unstructured content like text, video and audio data.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDK 3.0.0-alpha02 released http://uima.apache.org/d/uimaj-3.0.0-alpha02/version_3_users_guide.html
 - Apache uimaFIT 2.3.0 released http://uima.apache.org/downloads.cgi#Latest Official Releases

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that we just held the annual ASF Members' Meeting? This is where new Members are elected; results will be announced at the end of next month. https://www.apache.org/foundation/governance/members.html

 - Did you know that Apache ActiveMQ, Ant, and Maven were named among the Top 50 DevOps Tools? https://stackify.com/top-devops-tools/

 - Did you know that Apache's 100M+ lines of code (LOCs) were developed over 65,000 person years and valued at US$7B? https://s.apache.org/DHlr


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ

 - We have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Organization for the 12th consecutive year --Apache Committer Mentors wanted! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5416945173135360/

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

 - The new Apache Community Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ Do friend and follow us. 

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Tuesday March 28, 2017

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces 18 Years of Open Source Leadership

Billions of users depend on Apache's free, community-driven software; Foundation relies on charitable donations to advance the future of open development.

Forest Hill, MD —28 March 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today its 18th Anniversary and accomplishments, and rallied support to ensure future innovation.

Millions of people have depended on Apache software since the ASF's beginnings in 1999. Today, the ASF has grown to become a leading source for hundreds of Open Source software projects that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. Apache's enterprise-grade projects power mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, and more. 

"We are proud to celebrate our 18th Anniversary as one of the strongest and most emulated communities in Open Source," said ASF President Sam Ruby. "The ubiquity of Apache software across the globe attests to the trust in our projects and community. Our momentum demonstrates that the ASF has stayed true to our mission of producing software for the public good, and remains an influential force in accelerating the next generation of Open Source innovations."

The ASF serves approximately 9M source code downloads from Apache mirrors on a yearly basis (excluding convenience binaries). Worldwide dependency on Apache software continues to grow, with Web requests received from every Internet-connected country on the planet. https://projects.apache.org/statistics.html

Highlights include:

1) Membership --an increase of 2,952% from the inaugural 21 ASF Members to 620 Members today. ASF Membership comprises elected individuals who legally serve as the "shareholders" of the Foundation. This number is anticipated to increase following the next Apache Members’ Meeting (28-30 March 2017), when new Members are elected. https://www.apache.org/foundation/governance/members.html

2) Community --the ASF surpassed 6,000 project contributors (code and/or documentation) in February 2017. https://projects.apache.org/timelines.html . In addition to organic growth, the ASF participates in several community development activities, including Google Summer of Code (where the ASF has served as a mentoring organization since the program’s inception in 2005), as well as the ASF Travel Assistance program (that provides support to individuals attending ApacheCon, the ASF's official global conference series http://apachecon.com/ ). In addition, the Foundation maintains a Code of Conduct and initiated a new Diversity survey. http://community.apache.org/

3) Code and Contributions --the ASF is experiencing a greater influx of participants, with nearly 300 new code contributors and 300-400 new people filing issues each month. 31M (20%) of all Apache lines of code are comments --nearly three times as much as the entire Linux codebase-- underscoring the enormous scale of the ASF. The ASF's 100M functional lines of code (out of 150M+ total) have been developed over 65,000 person years, and are valued at US$7B. https://projects.apache.org/statistics.html

4) Projects --many of the ASF's 300+ projects today serve as the backbone for some of the world's most visible and widely used applications in Cloud (CouchDB, CloudStack, Mesos); Search and CMS (Derby, Jackrabbit, Lucene/Solr); DevOps and Build Management (Ant, Buildr, Maven); Servers (HTTP Web Server, Tomcat, Karaf, Traffic Server); and Web Frameworks (Flex, OFBiz, Struts), among other categories. From Abdera to ZooKeeper, Apache software continues to grow dramatically across many categories, including IoT and Edge Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Mobile, and Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace. The Apache HTTP Server, the ASF's original project, remains the most popular Web server on the planet, with 887,000 new active sites this month, totalling nearly 80M active sites. https://projects.apache.org/

5) Innovation --the Apache Incubator is home to a record 64 "podlings" undergoing development. Emerging projects span numerous categories, including Big Data, communication protocols, connected devices, cryptography, data science/machine learning/analytics, development frameworks, microfinances, remote desktop access, serverless computing, and more. A total of 280 projects have gone through the ASF's Incubation process. http://incubator.apache.org/

Each day, programmers, solutions architects, individual users, educators, researchers, corporations, governments, enthusiasts, and others select Apache software as their "go-to" choice for development tools, libraries, frameworks, visualizers, end-user productivity solutions, and more. To date, millions of software solutions have been distributed under the Apache License to allow for their free use, modification, and sharing. https://www.apache.org/licenses/

All Apache products are available to the public-at-large completely free of charge. https://www.apache.org/free/

SUPPORT APACHE


At the ASF, software development and project leadership is done entirely by volunteers. The ASF Board and officers are all volunteers. The collective Apache community comprises thousands of tireless individuals committed to ensuring that Open Source software remains free. Their dedication is bolstered by the billions of users who benefit from Apache software, and the many communities who adopt "The Apache Way" process as part of their own operations. https://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html

"We are often asked 'How can I help?'," said Hadrian Zbarcea, Vice President ASF Fundraising. "Our goal is to raise needed funds to help ensure that Apache software projects continue to be freely available to users around the world. We are grateful for the support from all our Sponsors and donors, and invite everyone to make a contribution, no matter the size. Every dollar counts."

As a United States private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. Their collective contributions offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, brand management and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff. 

Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1.2M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services. The ASF Infrastructure team of 10 rotating volunteers and 7 paid staff distributed on 4 continents keep Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project.

There are two ways to help the ASF reach its financial goals:
  • Individual Donations --for one-off or recurring gifts of any size, via credit card, PayPal, ACH, and more. 

  • ASF Sponsorship program --for organizations, individuals, foundations, and endowments contributing $5,000 or more.

Donations to the ASF help underwrite the world's largest Open Source foundation and enrich the lives of countless users and developers across the globe. Employers with matching gift programs are invited to include the ASF as part of their philanthropic programs to generously increase donations to the ASF to support its mission. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

"These charitable donations are gifts that benefit the greater Apache Community," added Ruby. "We hope to be able to thank as many of our supporters as possible in person at ApacheCon in Miami this May."

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 620 individual Members and 6,000 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 Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Abdera", "Apache Abdera", "Ant", "Apache Ant", "Buildr", "Apache Buildr", "CloudStack", "Apache CloudStack", "CouchDB", "Apache CouchDB", "Derby", "Apache Derby" ,"Flex", "Apache Flex", "Apache HTTP Web Server", "Jackrabbit", "Apache Jackrabbit", "Karaf", "Apache Karaf", "Lucene/Solr", "Apache Lucene/Solr", "Maven", "Apache Maven", "Mesos", "Apache Mesos", "OFBiz", "Apache OFBiz", "Struts", "Apache Struts", "Tomcat", "Apache Tomcat", "Traffic Server", "Apache Traffic Server", "Zookeeper", "Apache Zookeeper", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Friday March 24, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 24 March 2017

Happy Friday! This week the Apache community has accomplished quite a bit:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 15 April 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

Apache Community –our community is 6,000+ contributors strong! https://projects.apache.org/timelines.html
 - Introducing the new Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ Do friend and follow us.

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield steady performance at 97.15% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today.
 - Join us! 100+ sessions, 75+ speakers, 4 subconferences, BarCampApache and more. Learn the latest in Big Data, Cloud, Flex, IoT, Tomcat, and dozens of other leading Apache projects https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/apachecon-tomorrow-s-software-today Sign up today and save $200!
 - Become an Apache Community Sponsor at ApacheCon http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

Apache Gora™ –Open Source framework provides an in-memory data model and persistence for Big Data.
 - Apache Gora 0.7 released http://gora.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Groovy™ –a powerful, optionally typed and dynamic language, with static-typing and static compilation capabilities, for the Java platform aimed at improving developer productivity thanks to a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.10 released http://www.groovy-lang.org/download.html

Apache Knox™ –a REST API Gateway for providing secure access to the data and processing resources of Apache Hadoop clusters.
 - Apache Knox 0.12.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/knox/0.12.0

Apache Kudu™ –an Open Source storage engine for structured data which supports low-latency random access together with efficient analytical access patterns.
 - Apache Kudu 1.3.0 released http://kudu.apache.org/releases/1.3.0/

Apache Mynewt (incubating) –a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 1.0.0-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/incubator/mynewt/apache-mynewt-1.0.0-incubating

Apache NiFi™ NAR Maven Plugin – helps to build NiFi Archive bundles (NARs) to support the class loader isolation model in NiFi.
 - Apache NiFi nifi-nar-maven-plugin 1.2.0 released https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/releases/org/apache/nifi/nifi-nar-maven-plugin/1.2.0/

Apache OpenMeetings™ –provides video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.
 - Apache OpenMeetings 3.2.1 released http://openmeetings.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache POI™ –APIs for manipulating various file formats based upon Open Office XML (ECMA-376) and Microsoft's OLE 2 Compound Document formats using pure Java; your Java Excel, Word and PowerPoint solution.
 - CVE-2017-5644 - Possible DOS (Denial of Service) in Apache POI versions prior to 3.15 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201703.mbox/%3CCABdJj54TM1tCzA1-YL51d%3DTSOtDQ2L0B87%2Bxbqe3Wur-7Du%2BVg%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Phoenix™ –enables OLTP and SQL-based operational analytics for Apache Hadoop
 - Apache Phoenix 4.10 released http://phoenix.apache.org/download.html

Apache Streams –unifies a diverse world of digital profiles and online activities into common formats and vocabularies, and makes these datasets accessible across a variety of databases, devices, and platforms for streaming, browsing, search, sharing, and analytics use-cases.
 -Apache Streams 0.5-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/streams/releases/0.5-incubating/ 

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.5.10.1 GA with Security Fix released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts25101
 - Apache Struts Extras secure Multipart plugins GA and GA - versions 1.1 released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts-extras

Apache Tephra (incubating) –a transaction engine for distributed data stores like Apache HBase.
 - Apache Tephra-0.11.0-incubating released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/incubator/tephra/0.11.0-incubating/src

Apache UIMA™ –a component architecture and framework for the analysis of unstructured content like text, video and audio data.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDK 3.0.0-alpha02 released http://uima.apache.org/d/uimaj-3.0.0-alpha02/version_3_users_guide.html

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can help Apache projects and initiatives such as Commons, Community Development, Curator, DataFu (incubating), Directory, HTTP Web Server, JMeter, Mahout, OODT, OpenOffice, POI, Syncope, Tika, and more, ranging from "beginner" to "expert" levels? Check out the tasks listed at https://helpwanted.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Groovy is listed as one of the Top 25 programming languages on StackOverflow, and in the Top 10 of highest paid jobs? https://groovy.apache.org

 - Did you know that the new Apache Incubator logo has been announced? https://blogs.apache.org/incubator/date/20170317


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ

 - We have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Organization for the 12th consecutive year --Apache Committer Mentors wanted! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5416945173135360/

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conferenxe, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Friday March 17, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 17 March 2017

Welcome Friday (happy St. Patrick's Day, Evacuation Day, Liberalia, and other celebrations)! The global Apache community have been busy this week on:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz
 - Next Board Meeting: 15 April 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield stable performance at 97.23%% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today. https://s.apache.org/F7Hy
 - Conference schedule announced https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/apachecon-tomorrow-s-software-today
 - Introducing a new level of ApacheCon sponsorship: the Apache Community Sponsor http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor

Apache Beam™ –a programming model, SDKs, and runners for defining and executing data processing pipelines.
 - Apache Beam 0.6.0 released https://beam.apache.org/get-started/downloads/

Apache Commons™ Text –Open Source software library provides a host of algorithms focused on working with strings and blocks of text.
 - Apache Commons Text 1.0 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-text/download_text.cgi

Apache Commons™ CLI –provides a simple API for presenting, proecessing and validating a command line interface.
 - Apache Commons CLI 1.4 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-cli/download_cli.cgi

Apache Flex™ –a highly productive, Open Source application framework for building and maintaining expressive applications that deploy consistently on all major browsers, desktops, and devices.
 - Apache Flex 4.16.0 released http://flex.apache.org/download-source.html

Apache log4net™ –a tool to help the programmer output log statements to a variety of output targets.
 - Apache log4net 2.0.8 released https://logging.apache.org/log4net/download_log4net.cgi

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.5 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache Phoenix™ –enables OLTP and SQL-based operational analytics for Apache Hadoop
 - PhoenixCon 2017 is a go! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phoenixcon-2017-tickets-32872245772

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.
 - Apache Qpid Proton-J 0.18.0, Qpid JMS 0.21.0 and Qpid Python 1.36.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/download.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.5.10.1 GA with Security Fix released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts25101

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and Java Authentication Service Provider Interface for Containers technologies.
 - CVE-2016-8747 Apache Tomcat Information Disclosure http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201703.mbox/%3Cecff584e-ce32-e4c3-968f-441f887a75fe%40apache.org%3E
 - Apache Tomcat 6.0.51 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.76 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-70.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.42 and 8.5.12 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-80.cgi
 - Apache Tomcat 9.0.0.M18 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-90.cgi

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that when you shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your order is donated to the ASF? 

 - Did you know that Sweden's Helge Library, containing 1 million books, uses Apache Wicket? http://wicket.apache.org/

 - Did you know that ZÜCA luggage's digital commerce platform is powered by Apache OFBiz? http://ofbiz.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ

 - We have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Organization for the 12th consecutive year --Apache Committer Mentors wanted! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5416945173135360/

- Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q2 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/oTOF

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conferenxe, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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Friday March 10, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 10 March 2017

And it's Friday already! Here's what the Apache community have been working on this week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - ASF Operations Summary - Q3 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/NKFz
 - Next Board Meeting: 15 March 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

Success at Apache –our fourth installment in the new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - Rule of the Makers by Nick Kew https://s.apache.org/yFgQ

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield reliable performance at 99.80% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today. https://s.apache.org/F7Hy
 - Conference schedule announced https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/apachecon-tomorrow-s-software-today
 - Introducing a new level of ApacheCon sponsorship: the Apache Community Sponsor http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america/sponsors/community-sponsor
 - Early registration and hotel incentives end 12 March http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america | Apache Committers: register using your apache.org email + discount code to save even more.

Apache Curator™ –Java libraries that make using Apache ZooKeeper much easier and more reliable.
 - Apache Curator 2.12.0 and 3.3.0 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/curator/

Apache Ignite™ –a high-performance, integrated and distributed in-memory platform for computing and transacting on large-scale data sets in real-time, orders of magnitude faster than possible with traditional disk-based or flash-based technologies.
 - Apache Ignite 1.9.0 released https://ignite.apache.org/download.cgi

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak – a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.15.1 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.2.24, 1.4.14, and 1.6.1 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 6.4.2 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/lucene/java/6.4.2
 - Apache Solr 6.4.2 released http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.5.10.1 GA with Security Fix released http://struts.apache.org/download.cgi#struts25101

Apache UIMA™ –Unstructured Information Management Architecture is a component framework supporting development, discovery, composition, and deployment of multi-modal analytics tasked with the analysis of unstructured information.
 - Apache UIMA Ruta 2.6.0 released http://uima.apache.org/ruta.html


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can see how Apache code has evolved over the past year at https://projects.apache.org/statistics.html ?

 - Did you know that we have been chosen as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentoring Organization for the 12th consecutive year? Apache Committer Mentors wanted! https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/5416945173135360/

 - Did you know that the first ASF Committer Diversity Survey (2016) and its results can be found at https://s.apache.org/43aW ?


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk 4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q2 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/oTOF

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conferenxe, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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

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The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: November 2016 - January 2017

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

Third Quarter, Fiscal Year 2017 (November 2016 - January 2017)

"The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is one of the most important and influential players in the modern open-source software development community."
--Sean M. Kerner, eWeek

> President's Statement: We now have an approved FY17 budget, and are working on a five year projection. While things remain running smoothly, the rapid growth of the Foundation has finally reached a point where expenditures are out-pacing income. This doesn't pose any short term problems as we have adequate financial reserves, but it does mean that we need a bit more financial discipline and an increased focus on fundraising. Meanwhile, the Infrastructure team continues to focus on retiring technical debt and is exploring moving services off of ASF-owned hardware. These efforts should, over time, decrease the rate of increase of expenditures in what remains our largest budget line item.

In parallel, brainstorming has begun on fundraising activities. We are exploring ways to be more proactive, and ways to provide more value to Sponsors.

While we remain in a very healthy financial position, it never hurts to take the opportunity to ask for your support. As an individual you can donate to the Foundation http://www.apache.org/foundation/contributing.html, as a corporation you can become a Sponsor http://www.apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html .

> Conferences and Events: ApacheCon Europe, and Apache: Big Data Europe were held in Seville, Spain, 14-18 November 2016, and were attended by 550 Apache enthusiasts. Many of our projects were represented in these days of technical presentations, keynotes, and unconference BarCamp events. Presentations at the event were recorded, and are posted to Feathercast.org. Presentation slides from the talks may be found at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apache-big- data-europe/program/slides . As at past events, the Travel Assistance Committee (TAC) was able to bring attendees to ApacheCon who would otherwise have been unable to attend. We want to extend a big thank you to the sponsors of these events, and look forward to seeing you at future events. ApacheCon and Apache Big Data will return to North America in 2017, at the Miami Intercontinental, 15-19 May 2017.

ApacheCon has been divided into several topic-specific tracks, for better targeting of audiences. These events are:

Admission to any of these events also grants you access to all of the others.  Further details about the event may be found at http://apachecon.com/ . Sponsorship opportunities are available for these events; see http://apachecon.com/sponsor/ to find out more. Applications for Travel Assistance must be received by March 8th; information is available at https://www.apache.org/travel/#apachecon-and-apache-big-data-north-america-miami-florida-15th-19th-may-2017 . We still need to work on actively increasing attendance, and are currently working on a range of ideas to aimed at increasing participation and attendance. ApacheCon NA Miami will be used to trial some of these new initiatives.

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

> Community Development: A key discussion topic this quarter was about re-defining the goal of Apache Community Development. The project was established with the very flexible description of 'helping people to become involved with Apache projects'. In the past it has been difficult to manage and co-ordinate activities without a central or integrated plan. In order to improve this we are now working on defining strategies and plans that will better focus effort in a more cohesive way.

During November and early December we ran our first ever Diversity Survey of Apache Committers. Participation was completely voluntary. In total we received 765 responses (out of a 5,861 committer base at the time the survey was run) which was approx 13% response rate. The survey also received feedback in the form of comments. Our next steps will be to analyse the information and identify any Community Development related actions. Details of the the survey and its results can be found at https://s.apache.org/43aW

A lot of activity was spent this quarter preparing for FOSDEM, an annual event that is held in Brussels, Belgium, and draws 5,000-7,000 people. The ASF was allocated a booth for the second consecutive year which was staffed by a team of volunteers. We used the opportunity to showcase specific projects and talk generally about the ASF with attendees. A new banner featuring all the current Apache project logos was very useful in raising brand awareness as many attendees knew our project names but had not associated them with Apache. This means that there is more work to be done in reinforcing the ASF brand externally.

Another discussion this quarter was around ASF involvement in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and how we might be able to gather data and statistics that show more clearly how GSoC benefits our projects and communities. We will continue to help co-ordinate efforts to look at ways that this type of data could be collected.

Our Community Development Blog was relaunched in November and we have published 2 further monthly updates https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/ . The aim is to provide simple regular updates to keep people informed about the key things that are happening or planned. Our mailing list traffic has significantly increased this quarter and is a good reflection of the active involvement and discussions that are happening.

> Committers and Contributions: Over the past quarter, 1,616 contributors committed 49,112 changes that amount to 13,837,582 lines of code across Apache projects. The top 5 contributors during this timeframe are: Shad Storhaug (1,217 commits), Dan Kirkwood (732 commits), Claus Ibsen (691 commits), Sebastian Bazley (665 commits), and Mark Thomas (561 commits).


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

During this timeframe, the Secretary processed 226 ICLAs, 10 CCLAs, and 13 Software Grants. The activity of Apache committers, and the community of contributors they serve, can be seen at http://status.apache.org/#commits

> Brand Management: Over the past few years, the Brand Management committee has been working on a comprehensive set of trademark policies and procedures to help our volunteer-run communities best protect their shared brand of Apache project independence. During the holiday lull at the end of the year, we've worked on drafting policies for use of Apache brands in services and hosting, as well as detailed policies for producing merchandise (apparel, stickers, and non-computer goods) using any Apache project's names or logos. This is timely, as a number of apparel vendors have approached us recently for licensing agreements. These products can both provide a way for people to show support for Apache projects, as well as donations of profits from the vendors.

All of the ASF's education and policies around trademark law for Open Source as well as brand management is published online, and we urge project participants and software vendors alike to review and ask us questions about them: http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/resources

On the registration front, we are facing more potential conflicts with the few projects that request registrations than in the past. The limitations of having a volunteer-run organization with nearly 200 active projects means that managing which registrations to fight for is still a complex problem to work through.

As more Apache brands and projects power more business every year, we look to the many companies that profit from Apache software products to help respect Apache brands. We very much appreciate the companies that pass on their trademark registrations with incoming donations of podlings joining the Incubator. Having existing registrations makes the trademark management process simpler for the ASF.

While many companies continue to properly give credit to our volunteer communities, sadly some companies continue to --or have started to-- take advantage of our non-profit work by unfairly co-opting Apache project brands or by interfering with Apache project governance. Reviewing and correcting these mis-uses is an ongoing effort for the ASF Board, the Brand Management Committee, and all Apache projects.

The Apache Brand Management team welcomes your questions on our private email list: trademarks@apache.org

> Legal Affairs: Through business-friendly licensing and rigorous IP handling, the ASF strives to ensure that our projects' releases are as clean and user-friendly as possible from a legal standpoint. Downstream consumers should be able to integrate works published by ASF projects with high confidence and minimal effort.

The JSON license augments the widely-used MIT license with a single phrase: "The Software shall be used for Good, not Evil."  That's probably a joke.  But what if someone takes it seriously and presses a case?  Even if it can be argued that the risk is remote, the cost of assessing that risk imposes a burden on users. 

Legal Affairs is where our communities come to resolve difficult and subtle issues like this.  Longtime contributor Ted Dunning brought a compelling case against the JSON license to Legal Affairs, and our projects are now banned from incorporating dependencies which use it.

The winners are our users, who won't have to spend time and treasure figuring out what the JSON license means for them.

> Infrastructure: The Infrastructure team and its volunteers have continued their work to build and maintain the systems used by the hundreds of projects, and thousands of active volunteers working under the ASF umbrella. We've seen 10 new contributors this quarter to our Puppet codebase, accounting for roughly 40% of our contributor base. 88 people were new to creating or solving issues, and two of these people also turned into infrastructure code contributors.

Our new teammates, Freddy Barboza and Chris Thistlethwaite, have spent the quarter working hard to learn the multitude of systems and the deep corners of the infrastructure that run the ASF. They are bringing some much-needed hands to support the work of our projects. They have had some hard work over the past quarter, but they have become an integral part of the Infrastructure team.

We saw 580 issues opened during the quarter and 555 closed, leaving us with a net increase of a couple dozen issues. On the whole, the SLA for tickets have been improving steadily as a result of onboarding new staff, and continues to improve. 76 people helped close issues pertaining to infrastructure tasks. Last quarter, we had a similar net increase of a couple dozen issues, but we expect this change rate to diminish as our team and volunteers get better acquainted with approaching and maintaining our array of services.

Our uptime during the quarter had a slight uptick, compared to the previous quarter. We hit an uptime of 99.77% across all of our services. We demand 99.50% for our most critical systems, and less for the others, so we're quite happy to (again) hit the targets needed to support the ASF ecosystem. We had a significant hardware failure on the machine that ran our Moin wiki service, but the team was able to quickly provision, Puppet-ize, and move the service to a new machine.

We had a similar problem with the hardware running Jira, but had thankfully used Puppet to provision that service, so our move was greatly simplified. We have continued with the work, as reported last quarter, to move off of ASF-owned hardware to cloud-provisioned servers. This reduces our hardware maintenance costs, improves our flexibility, and detaches us from critical hardware failure.

The Infrastructure team will be continuing our work on shifting to Puppet for our various systems, and moving those services from our hardware into cloud-based servers. We should complete this work in 2017 and will examine our next moves for service provision.

> Financial Statement:

ASFFinancialStatement-Q3FY2017


> Fundraising:
 It is most appropriate to start the ASF Fundraising report with our most sincere thanks to our Sponsors for their generosity and continued support. Fundraising operates normally, at the same level as in previous quarters, with the VP of Fundraising continuing outreach activities. Conversations with current and potential Sponsors indicate that the ASF and its commitment to providing Open Source technologies to the public at large is strongly supported by Sponsors and the industry at-large.

With the Foundation and the number of projects governed growing, there is a higher need for scaling the services provided by the ASF to its projects. This quarter we started to look at new ideas for improving the Sponsorship program. This effort will continue and we expect implementing changes starting next quarter. Currently most of the Sponsorship funds come from sponsors' marketing budgets. Since ASF Open Source technologies benefit products and operations, we are looking into ways to appeal more to R&D, development and IT budgets and increase the number of our sponsors.

Currently we are enjoying the support of the following Sponsors: 7 Platinum Sponsors: Cloudera, Facebook, Google, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Pivotal, and Yahoo; 9 Gold Sponsors: ARM, Bloomberg, Comcast, Hewlett Packard, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, ODPi, and PhoenixNAP; 14 Silver Sponsors: Alibaba Cloud Computing, Budget Direct, Capital One, CashStore, Cerner, Confluent, InMotion Hosting, iSIGMA, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat Software, Serenata Flowers, Target, and WANdisco; 21 Bronze Sponsors: Airport Rentals, Basis Technology, Binary Option Robot Info, Bluehost, 01Casinos, Casino2k, ChameleonJohn Coupons, Cloudsoft Corporation, Compoare Forex Brokers, HostingAdvice.com, PromoCodeWatch, Samsung, 7 Binay Options, Stags and Hens, Talend, The Linux Foundation, Tobi, Travel Ticker Hotels, Twitter, Web Hosting Secret Revealed, and WebsiteSetup; and 11 Infrastructure Sponsors: OSU Open Source Labs, No-IP, Symantec, Rackspace, Quenda, PagerDuty, Bintray, SURFnet, Sonatype, Freie Universitat Berlin, and HotWax Systems.

We again want to express our deepest gratitude to our generous sponsors along with our promise to continue to strive for excellence.

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Report prepared by Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity, with contributions by Sam Ruby, ASF President; Rich Bowen, Vice President Conferences; Sharan Foga, ASF Member; Marvin Humphrey, Vice President Legal Affairs; Shane Curcuru, Vice President Brand Management; Greg Stein, ASF Infrastructure Administrator; Tom Pappas, ASF Member and Vice President, Finance & Accounting at Virtual, Inc.; and Hadrian Zbarcea, Vice President Fundraising.

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(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2017.

Friday March 03, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 3 March 2017

Hello, March! The Apache community has had another smashing week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 15 March 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield reliable performance at 99.80% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today. https://s.apache.org/F7Hy
 - Travel Assistance applications close 8 March https://www.apache.org/travel/
 - Schedule announced 9 March http://apachecon.com/
 - Early registration and hotel incentives end 12 March http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/apachecon-north-america | Apache Committers: register using your apache.org email + discount code to save even more.
 - Recordings from ApacheCon Europe 2016 are being uploaded at Feathercast http://feathercast.org

Apache Accumulo™ –sorted, distributed key/value store is a robust, scalable, high performance data storage system that features cell-based access control and customizable server-side processing.
 - Apache Accumulo 1.8.1 released https://accumulo.apache.org/downloads/

Apache Any23™ –Anything To Triples (any23) is a library, a web service and a command line tool that extracts structured data in RDF format from a variety of Web documents.
 - Apache Any23 2.0 released http://any23.apache.org/download.html

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-facet programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.9 released http://www.groovy-lang.org/download.html

Apache jclouds™ –an 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 2.0.1 released http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.lua/jclouds

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.8.5 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/downloads.html

Apache Kafka™ –a distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
 - Apache Kafka 0.10.2.0 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi?path=/kafka/0.10.2.0/kafka-0.10.2.0-src.tgz

Apache Log4j™ –a well known framework for logging application behavior.
 - Apache Log4j 2.8.1 released https://logging.apache.org/log4j/2.x/

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 0.7.2 and 1.1.2 released https://nifi.apache.org/download.html

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDK's.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.12 released http://tomcat.apache.org/download-native.cgi

Apache Yetus™ –a collection of libraries and tools that enable contribution and release processes for software projects.
 - Apache Yetus 0.4.0 released https://yetus.apache.org/downloads/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the npm registry, with over 100,000,000,000 package downloads, is powered by Apache CouchDB? http://couchdb.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating their anniversaries this month? Apache mod_perl (17 years); Maven (14 years); Struts (13 years); Jackrabbit (11 years); Archiva (9 years); UIMA (7 years); Accumulo, Lucy, and Sqoop (5 years); Bloodhound, CloudStack, and cTAKES (4 years); and Allura, Olingo, and Tajo (3 years)? Many happy returns! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Monsanto uses Apache Kafka to update 1M nodes in 90 seconds? http://kafka.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" is a new monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". 1) Project Independence https://s.apache.org/CE0V 2) All Carrot and No Stick https://s.apache.org/ykoG 3) Asynchronous Decision Making https://s.apache.org/PMvk

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA) https://s.apache.org/romf

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q2 FY2017 https://s.apache.org/oTOF

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

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

 - ApacheCon North America + Apache: BigData, CloudStack Collaboration Conferenxe, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, and TomcatCon will be held 16-18 May 2017 in Miami http://apachecon.com/

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

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

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