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Tuesday August 29, 2017

The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: May - July 2017

FOUNDATION OPERATIONS SUMMARY

First Quarter, Fiscal Year 2018 (May - July 2017)

"We love The Apache Way and what Apache has done for us..."
--ASF Platinum Sponsor


> President's Statement:
 Financially, we are on track to meet this year's budget, even after accounting for accounts receivables that didn't manage to close out on time in the last fiscal year. We are still projected to have a manageable deficit, and this will require us to have a multi-year focus on fundraising to resolve. We have redirected resources at both Virtual, Inc. and HALO Worldwide to help out with this effort.

Other highlights: 

  • Conferences is once again at a time of transition as we explore new ways to reach more people;
  • Travel assistance was provided to 10 individuals, bringing the total number of people helped to 131;
  • Brand Management had a relatively quiet quarter, focusing on matters such as registration renewals;
  • Infrastructure is focusing on more user friendly "self serve" tools, and expanding support for projects hosted on GitHub;
  • Marketing and Publicity provided media training, and produced an annual report.

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 North America was held 16-18 May in Miami, Florida, and had about 500 Apache enthusiasts in attendance. Rather than being one monolithic event, it was a convention of smaller events, including:

  • Apache Traffic Server and Traffic Control Summit
  • BarCampApache
  • Apache: Big Data
  • Apache: IoT
  • CloudStack Collaboration Conference
  • FlexJS Summit
  • TomcatCon

Additionally, there were numerous smaller project hackathons and developer summits.

ApacheCon North America 2017 marks the end of our contract with the Linux Foundation, who have been producing our events since ApacheCon Denver, in April of 2014. We will not be holding an ApacheCon in Europe this year, as we investigate various options for how we will resume ApacheCon in 2018.

Meanwhile, we are pursuing closer relationships with the many events that feature Apache Software Foundation content, whether these are events dedicated to a particular Apache project, or events about a particular topic that happens to include Apache content.


> Community Development
: During April and May our main focus was helping prepare for and support ApacheCon NA in Miami. Prior to the event, we began recording interviews with various speakers and key note speakers for our news / podcast channel FeatherCast.

Throughout ApacheCon itself recordings of on-site interviews with attendees and sponsors were also broadcast and published. The audio from many of the ApacheCon conference tracks were also recorded and are available online. We are continually increasing the amount of content available and are finding that FeatherCast is a very valuable and useful resource for helping share and promote Apache and technology related content.

One key discussion raised this quarter was about trying to improve the tools and applications that the Community Development team has at its disposal. This topic was very positively received and resulted in a "Tools Hackathon" session being organized and held at ApacheCon focused on how to use the tools and make them more effective.

In June we were present at the OpenExpo conference in Madrid. The conference was mainly focused at Spanish-speaking audiences and with the help of two local volunteers we continued to promote Apache and its projects. Over 3,000 visitors attended the conference and 300 of them (approx 10%) were actively interested in speaking to us to find out more about Apache.

Community Development has also started to increase its social media presence and we are now active on both Twitter and Facebook. Our monthly Community Development Blog is still being well received and we have published 3 further updates. These regular news summaries give people a brief overview of what is happening or planned. Our mailing list traffic has remained constant during the quarter showing that there are still a lot of active discussions going on.


> 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: Jean-Baptiste Onofré (778 commits), Claus Ibsen (749), Colm Ó hÉigeartaigh (703 commits), Mark Thomas (540 commits), and Stephen Mallette (536 commits) during this period.

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 203 ICLAs, 13 CCLAs, and 4 Software Grants. Apache committer activity can be seen at http://status.apache.org/#commits


> Brand Management: 
The summer quarter continues to be traditionally quiet in terms of trademark questions and requests, although we continue to get new kinds of questions coming in with some regularity. Some Apache project PMCs now have experience implementing our trademark policies and have been doing a great job answering basic questions themselves directly with third parties, which is great to see. However as our number of projects grow, so do the number of questions or issues overall which continues to tax our small pool of Brand Management volunteers with broad experience.

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 - please review our complete site map: http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/resources

On the registration front, we have come upon our first large set of trademark registration renewals and maintenance paperwork. Although our legal counsel handles all the actual paperwork with various national trademark registries, this is still an ongoing effort for our volunteer Brand Management team to validate continuing use of these marks - as well as the financial costs for registry fees. In almost all cases we will continue to maintain existing registrations for projects. We continue to have some projects request new registrations as well, and are successfully negotiating some coexistence agreements with potentially similar software brands in the marketplace as well.

As more Apache brands and projects power more business every year, we continue to look to the 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.

Please contact the Apache Brand Management team https://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/contact with your questions or suggestions!


> Legal Affairs:
 The ASF Legal Affairs team works diligently with our pro-bono legal counsel and answers legal questions, and addresses policy issues regarding license compatibility for The Apache Software Foundation.

We had a busy quarter answering questions related to the use of data to train models in Apache projects.  In addition, regular ASF legal inquiries such as those related to system dependencies are routinely being answered promptly. The ASF registered a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) agent for the Foundation so that the ASF can implement a safe harbor policy. VP, Legal Affairs, Chris Mattmann, was registered in this role. Finally, the committee provided clarity on an oft-asked question related to release of binary artifacts, and ASF policy in this area.


> Infrastructure:
 The Infrastructure team and its volunteers provide the machines and services needed by the hundreds of Foundation projects, and the thousands of volunteers working on them. One of our high priority, long-term activities has been to migrate services off our hardware onto third-party infrastructure ("the cloud"; IaaS). Our work in this area has improved stability, repeatability, and lowered our costs.

For the first time, our team was able to meet as an entire group at the ApacheCon held in Miami during May. This was a great time for us to talk at length, and to bond as a team. We will continue the yearly meetups to get work done, and to strengthen that team spirit.

Our uptime over the quarter has met our stated Service Level Agreement, even with our hours of downtime to upgrade our Jira installation and our Jenkins build system. The short answer is that outside of planned maintenance, the Infrastructure team gets by with very little downtime. We have further planned upgrades for primary services (such as Confluence and Jira) to stay current with the continued improvements in these products. 

Two service areas saw significant expansion during the quarter: our use of LDAP as a canonical organizational reference, and our provisioning of GitHub-based tooling to the Foundation's communities.

The LDAP changes have been performed, and made possible, by some great work from the Apache Whimsy community. Older generation, command-line tools have been replaced by friendlier web interfaces. The amount of "self serve" tools has, in turn, reduced the manual workload requested from the Infrastructure team.

Our GitHub tooling is still in a "beta" stage, but has been made available to many more Top Level Projects and to many podlings arriving at the Foundation. These podlings tend to already use GitHub for their development workflow, and our new tooling allows them to continue the workflows their communities have defined. As we continue to sand off the rougher edges of the integration between and the Foundation and the GitHub service, we'll continue to add projects to the program.


> Financial Statement:


> Fundraising:
 The ASF Fundraising team welcomes Kevin A. McGrail to the role of VP Fundraising.  In addition, we'd also like to welcome HostPapa Web Hosting and Inspur to the Apache Family.

Thank you to all our Sponsors http://apache.org/foundation/thanks . As a 501(c)(3), our operations depend on our Sponsors' support!

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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; Chris Mattmann, 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 Kevin McGrail, Vice President Fundraising.

For more information, subscribe to the announce@apache.org mailing list and visit http://www.apache.org/, the ASF Blog at http://blogs.apache.org/, the @TheASF on Twitter, and https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation.

(c) The Apache Software Foundation 2017.

Friday August 25, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 25 August 2017

August has simply zipped by —it's hard to believe that it's the last Friday of the month! Per usual, there seems to be little or no rest with Apache community at-large:

Support Apache –help ensure that Apache software projects continue to be freely available to users around the world. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 September. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Annual Report for 2017 Fiscal Year https://s.apache.org/IDn5

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield assured performance at 91.79% uptime http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 357 Committers changed 679,818 lines of code over 1,887 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Pei He, Michael Stack, Andrea Cosentino, Benjamin Mahler, and Ismaël Mejía.

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 2.0.0-alpha-2 and 1.1.12 released https://hbase.apache.org/

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 1.6.4, 1.0.39, and 1.7.6 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Knox™ –a REST API Gateway for providing secure access to the data and processing resources of Apache Hadoop clusters.
 - Apache Knox 0.13.0 released http://knox.apache.org/

Apache Kylin™ –an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets.
 - Apache Kylin 2.1.0 released https://kylin.apache.org/

Apache MADlib™ –Big Data machine-learning library used for scalable in-database analytics.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® MADlib™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/BSrW

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.0.46 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Apache Traffic Server™ –a high-performance Web proxy cache that improves network efficiency and performance by caching frequently-accessed information at the edge of the network.
 - Apache Traffic Server 6.2.2 released http://trafficserver.apache.org/

Apache VCL™ –a self-service system used to dynamically provision and broker remote access to a dedicated compute environment for an end-user.
 - Apache VCL 2.5 released http://vcl.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that half of the Gartner Magic Quadrant Leaders and Challengers for Hybrid Cloud Hosting use Apache CloudStack? http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Mesos and Apache Spark are up for JAX Innovation Awards? Vote today at https://jaxenter.com/jax-magazine

 - Did you know that Apache RocketMQ (incubating) is the most popular distributed messaging and streaming data platform in China? http://rocketmq.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" 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/PMvk4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be 7) Meritocracy. https://s.apache.org/DiEo

 - If you're looking for the ASF on social media, we're @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation (follows/re-tweets/shares/likes appreciated!)

 - Presentations from ApacheCon https://s.apache.org/Hli7 and Apache: Big Data https://s.apache.org/tefE are available; as well as videos https://s.apache.org/AE3m and audio recordings https://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Check out the latest Apache Community Development newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-july-2017

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - TomcatCon will be held 25 September in London https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tomcatcon-london-2017-tickets-36683639754

 - Meet members of the Apache Big Data communities at DataWorks/Hadoop Summit 20-21 September in Sydney https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - The Apache community will be at All Things Open --stop by the ASF booth and say hello! 23-24 October in Raleigh https://allthingsopen.org/

 - Learn about Apache Atlas, AriaTosca (incubating), Hadoop YARN, Kafka, ManifoldCF, Ranger, Spot (incubating), Thrift, and more at Open Source Summit Europe + ELC Europe 2017 23-26 October in Prague https://osseu17.sched.com/

 - Catch the Apache Ignite and Spark communities at the In-Memory Computing Summit 24-25 October in San Francisco https://imcsummit.org/

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - 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/

 - 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 August 22, 2017

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

Big Data machine-learning library used for scalable in-database analytics

Forest Hill, MD –22 August 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® MADlib™ 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 MADlib is a comprehensive library for scalable in-database analytics. It provides parallel implementations of machine learning, graph, mathematical and statistical methods for structured and unstructured data.

"Graduating as a Top-Level Project is a very important milestone for Apache MADlib," said Aaron Feng, Vice President of Apache MADlib. "During the incubation process, the MADlib community worked very hard to develop high quality software for in-database analytics, in an open and inclusive manner in accordance with the Apache Way."

MADlib grew out of discussions between database engine developers, data scientists, IT architects and academics interested in new approaches to scalable, sophisticated in-database analytics. These discussions were written up in a paper from VLDB 2009 [1] that coined the term "MAD Skills" for data analysis. The MADlib software project began the following year as a collaboration between researchers at UC Berkeley and engineers and computer scientists at Pivotal (formerly EMC/Greenplum). In September 2015, MADlib joined the ASF community as an incubating project.

MADlib is deployed on a wide variety of industry and academic projects across many different verticals, including automotive, consumer, finance, government, healthcare, and telecommunications.

"MADlib was conceived from the outset as an open-source meeting ground for software developers, computing researchers and data scientists to collaborate on scalable, in-database machine learning and statistics," said Joe Hellerstein, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Trifacta, and one of the original authors of MADlib. "It has been great to witness the growth of the MADlib community and codebase as an ASF incubating project, and I look forward to this continuing as a Top-Level Project."

"At Pivotal, we have seen our customers successfully deploy MADlib on large scale data science projects across a wide variety of industry verticals," said Elisabeth Hendrickson, Vice President, R&D for Data at Pivotal. "As MADlib graduates to a Top-Level Project at the ASF, we anticipate increased adoption in the enterprise given the mature level of the codebase and the active developer community."

"The potential of the Apache MADlib project is unbounded," said Jim Jagielski, Vice Chairman of the ASF. "The ability to perform in-depth and detailed analytics, on both structured and unstructured data, using SQL enables MADlib to be applicable in scenarios where others simply can't compete. As not only interest in, but real-world usage of, machine learning becomes common place, MADlib joins the growing roster of Apache projects that define innovation."

"Apache MADlib is a great example of the diversity at Apache," said Ted Dunning, Apache MADlib Incubator Mentor and Member of the ASF Board of Directors. "MADlib does state-of-the-art machine learning, but does as an inherent part of a database. This is a radical approach that can provide important design flexibility. I am excited to see MADlib become a fully fledged project at Apache."

"New participants are more than welcome to join the project," added Feng. "We enthusiastically look forward to working together with all contributors to Apache MADlib in order to advance the state-of-the-art of scale-out data science tools."

[1] http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1687576

Availability and Oversight
Apache MADlib 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 MADlib, visit http://madlib.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheMADlib

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 650 individual Members and 6,200 Committers across six continents 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, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "MADlib", "Apache MADlib", 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 August 18, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 18 August 2017

Hello, Friday — let's review what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

Support Apache –individual donations, corporate matching gifts, online shopping, and Sponsorship help sustain the ASF's day-to-day operations. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

Success at Apache –a new blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - Success at Apache: Meritocracy. by Kevin A. McGrail https://s.apache.org/DiEo

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Phil Steitz as Chairman https://s.apache.org/n7YT
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 September. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Annual Report for 2017 Fiscal Year https://s.apache.org/IDn5

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield assured performance at 91.78% uptime http://status.apache.org/

Apache Arrow™ –a columnar in-memory analytics layer designed to accelerate Big Data.
 - Apache Arrow 0.6.0 released http://arrow.apache.org/

Apache BookKeeper™ –a reliable replicated log service for Big Data.
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.5.0 released http://bookkeeper.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ JCS –a distributed, versatile caching system.
 - Apache Commons JCS 2.2 released https://commons.apache.org/

Apache Wicket™ –an Open Source Java component oriented web application framework.
 - Apache Wicket 8.0.0-M7 released http://wicket.apache.org


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Netherlands-based Finalist IT Group manages the identity of more than 2 million accounts using Apache Syncope? http://syncope.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Cayenne is becoming a dependency-free Java Object/Relational Mapping (ORM) framework? http://cayenne.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can meet members of the Apache community in Germany at FrOSCon https://www.froscon.de/ and Solutions Hamburg https://solutions.hamburg/ ?


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" 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/PMvk4) Rule of the Makers https://s.apache.org/yFgQ 5) JFDI --the unconditional love of contributors https://s.apache.org/4pjM 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be 7) Meritocracy. https://s.apache.org/DiEo

 - If you're looking for the ASF on social media, we're @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation (follows/re-tweets/shares/likes appreciated!)

 - Presentations from ApacheCon https://s.apache.org/Hli7 and Apache: Big Data https://s.apache.org/tefE are available; as well as videos https://s.apache.org/AE3m and audio recordings https://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Check out the latest Apache Community Development newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-july-2017

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - Meet members of the Apache Big Data communities at DataWorks/Hadoop Summit 20-21 September in Sydney https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - The Apache community will be at All Things Open --stop by the ASF booth and say hello! 23-24 October in Raleigh https://allthingsopen.org/

 - Catch the Apache Ignite and Spark communities at the In-Memory Computing Summit 24-25 October in San Francisco https://imcsummit.org/

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - 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/

 - 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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Thursday August 17, 2017

The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes Phil Steitz as Chairman

At yesterday's Board meeting, Phil Steitz was named Chairman of the ASF. Steitz, a 12-year ASF Member and former Vice Chairman, succeeds Brett Porter, who has served as ASF Chairman since June 2013. Porter will continue in his role as a member of the ASF Board of Directors.

"I am super excited to have Phil take on the role of ASF Chairman, for his depth of experience in the Apache community, significant experience in the industry, and clear understanding of Open Source and open development," said Brett Porter. "I thank the ASF Membership for giving me the opportunity to serve as chair over the last few years --it's been great!"

In addition, ASF co-founder Jim Jagielski has been appointed Vice Chairman. Jagielski has held every officer position since the ASF incorporated in 1999.

ASF Members elect the Board of Directors to run the Foundation and to set and ensure policy. The Board of Directors are: Rich Bowen, Shane Curcuru, Bertrand Delacretaz, Ted Dunning, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, Phil Steitz, and Mark Thomas.

In addition to Steitz and Jagielski, the ASF's corporate officers include:

 - President Sam Ruby
 - Executive Vice President Ross Gardler
 - Treasurer Ulrich Stärk
 - Secretary Craig Russell

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

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Tuesday August 15, 2017

Success at Apache: Meritocracy.

By Kevin A. McGrail

The Apache Software Foundation is not a democracy.

It's an elitist organization that does not support an innate right to vote. We aren't capitalists because you can't buy a seat on our board. We aren't socialists since we place building working communities over software. Monarchy doesn't fit because Kings and Pawns work together as equals.

What we are is a Meritocracy. To be able to have a say, you have to prove your worth in a system of merit. Meritocracy is a key part of The Apache Way. With it, the ASF creates amazing software with amazing people that continues to change the way the world computes.

Merit has no basis on Age, Sex, Religion, Ethnicity, Race, Country of Origin, Sexual Preference, Social Status, Income Level, Lineage, and/or Physical/Cultural Traits*.

In honor of The Apache Way, the ASF has created two wristbands to share with the tech community. The first is silver and announces our Meritocracy. 

The second, because merit is NOT rooted in biological differences, is brash and bold in Red announcing "do I.T. like a girl".  The idea comes from Code Like A Girl wristbands coupled with a small bit of double entendre to start a conversation about improving inclusion.

If you'd like some wristbands, they'll be debossed in a single color like the pictures below. Just send me an email at kmcgrail(at)apache(dot)org. I'll try and send out as many as I can for free. If you like/hate the idea, feel free to send me an email as well and tell me what you would do differently.



* NOTE: We do take into serious account whether you are a Cat or a Dog person.

Kevin A. McGrail is a cybersecurity expert and Open Source advocate who loves stopping spammers. He got involved with the ASF when the Apache SpamAssassin project joined the foundation in 2004. Today he still helps the SpamAssassin project while also serving as an executive officer and VP of Fundraising.

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"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 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be

Friday August 11, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 11 August 2017

Another great week has zipped by — here's what happened with the Apache community:

Support Apache –whether through individual donations, corporate matching gifts, online shopping, or Sponsorship, your generous contributions provide critical support needed to run for the ASF. Every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 August. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Annual Report for 2017 Fiscal Year https://s.apache.org/IDn5

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield hip performance at 91.80% uptime http://status.apache.org/

Apache CouchDB™ –a database that completely embraces the Web by storing your data with JSON documents.
 - Apache CouchDB 2.1.0 released https://couchdb.apache.org/

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 1.2.27 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Parquet™ –a general-purpose columnar file format supporting nested Big Data.
 - Apache Parquet C++ 1.2.0 released http://parquet.apache.org

Apache Pulsar (incubating) –a highly scalable, low latency messaging platform running on commodity hardware.
 - Apache Pulsar 1.19.0-incubating released https://pulsar.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Proton –a messaging library for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464, http://www.amqp.org).
 - Apache Qpid Proton-J 0.20.0 and JMS 0.24.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache Struts™ –a free Open Source framework for creating Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts: S2-049 Security Bulletin update http://struts.apache.org/docs/s2-049.html

Apache Subversion™ –an Open Source, centralized version control system characterized by its reliability as a safe haven for valuable data; the simplicity of its model and usage; and its ability to support the needs of a wide variety of users and projects, from individuals to large-scale enterprise operations.
 - Apache Subversion 1.8.19 and 1.9.7 released http://subversion.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.20 and 9.0.0.M26 released http://tomcat.apache.org/
 - CVE-2017-7674 Apache Tomcat Cache Poisoning http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201708.mbox/%3C866c61b4-8412-6834-5a1f-05a30c6b2f7b%40apache.org%3E
 - CVE-2017-7675 Apache Tomcat Security Constraint Bypass http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201708.mbox/%3C5019a868-3f92-d96d-6899-c965e04baf03%40apache.org%3E

Apache Velocity™ –well-known in the Java field as a lightweight, easy-to-use templating library for creating dynamic Web sites and performing other text-generation tasks.
 - Apache Velocity Engine 2.0 released http://velocity.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that biotech startup Zymergen uses Apache Airflow (incubating) to orchestrate complex Big Data processing? http://airflow.incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Apache Accumulo is now using impsort-maven-plugin to standardize import order in Java files? https://accumulo.apache.org

 - Did you know that one of the strengths of Apache MXNet (incubating) is the ability to mix declarative and imperative programming? http://mxnet.incubator.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" 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 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be

 - If you're looking for the ASF on social media, we're @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation (follows/re-tweets/shares/likes appreciated!)

 - Presentations from ApacheCon https://s.apache.org/Hli7 and Apache: Big Data https://s.apache.org/tefE are available; as well as videos https://s.apache.org/AE3m and audio recordings https://feathercast.apache.org/
 - Check out the latest Apache Community Development newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-july-2017

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - The CloudStack European User Group will be held 17 August in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-35565783215

 - Meet members of the Apache Big Data communities at DataWorks/Hadoop Summit 20-21 September in Sydney https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Catch the Apache Ignite and Spark communities at the In-Memory Computing Summit 24-25 October in San Francisco https://imcsummit.org/

 - ASF Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - 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/

 - 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 August 04, 2017

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 4 August 2017

It's Friday! Here's what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

Support Apache –with more than 65 Million lines of code committed over the past year alone, Apache projects need your help to remain open, free, and accessible to all. 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: 16 August. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html
 - ASF Annual Report for 2017 Fiscal Year https://s.apache.org/IDn5

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield spry performance at 91.81% uptime http://status.apache.org/

Apache Commons Email™ –library for sending e-mail from Java.
 - Apache Commons Email 1.5 released http://commons.apache.org/proper/commons-email/
 - CVE-2017-9801: Apache Commons Email SMTP header injection vulnerabilty http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201708.mbox/%3C87lgn3nnr2.fsf%40v45346.1blu.de%3E

Apache Curator™ –Big Data Java/JVM client library for Apache ZooKeeper, a distributed coordination service.
 - Apache Curator 4.0.0 released http://curator.apache.org

Apache Guacamole (incubating) –a clientless remote desktop gateway which supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.
 - Apache Guacamole 0.9.13-incubating released http://guacamole.incubator.apache.org/

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 2.15.5 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.7.5 released https://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Juneau (incubating) –a toolkit for marshalling POJOs to a wide variety of content types using a common framework, and for creating sophisticated self-documenting REST interfaces and microservices using very little code.
 - Apache Juneau 6.3.1 (incubating) http://juneau.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Log4j™ –provides logging services for Java.
 - Apache Log4j Scala API v11.0 released http://logging.apache.org/log4j

Apache Mynewt™ –a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 1.1.0 released http://mynewt.apache.org/

Apache Polygene™ –Open Source Composite Oriented Programming platform and tools offer simple, easy-to-use enterprise-grade alternative to Java Persistence API.
 - The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Polygene v3.0 https://s.apache.org/615I

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of Big Data.
 - Apache Storm 1.0.4 and 1.1.1 released http://storm.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can save 25% off registration to DataWorks/Hadoop Summit Sydney by using discount code HWX25? https://dataworkssummit.com/sydney-2017/attend/

 - Did you know that that Chinese Academy of Sciences Cloud Computing & Guangdong Hongda Com uses Apache Wicket? http://wicket.apache.org/

 - Did you know that over the past year Apache Kafka has had a 260% jump in developer popularity? http://kafka.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - "Success at Apache" 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 6) Meritocracy and Me https://s.apache.org/tQQh 7) Learning to Build a Stronger Community https://s.apache.org/x9Be

 - If you're looking for the ASF on social media, we're @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation (follows/re-tweets/shares/likes appreciated!)

 - Presentations from ApacheCon https://s.apache.org/Hli7 and Apache: Big Data https://s.apache.org/tefE are available; as well as videos https://s.apache.org/AE3m and audio recordings https://feathercast.apache.org/

 - Check out the latest Apache Community Development newsletter https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-july-2017

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/ and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

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

 - The CloudStack European User Group will be held 17 August in London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cloudstack-european-user-group-tickets-35565783215

 - Meet members of the Apache Big Data communities at DataWorks/Hadoop Summit 20-21 September in Sydney https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Catch the Apache Ignite and Spark communities at the In-Memory Computing Summit 24-25 October in San Francisco https://imcsummit.org/

 - ASF Annual Report https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - 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/

 - 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 August 01, 2017

The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache® Polygene™ v3.0

Open Source Composite Oriented Programming platform and tools offer simple, easy-to-use enterprise-grade alternative to Java Persistence API

Forest Hill, MD –1 August 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 immediate availability of Apache® Polygene™ Java Edition v.3.0, the Composite Oriented Programming platform leveraging Java.

Apache Polygene is a Java application framework used for persistence-centric applications. Polygene delivers a comprehensive solution for creating business applications, with dependency injection, aspect oriented programming, persistence system, metrics and serialization, in a modular fashion with dozens of extensions.

"Apache Polygene's slogan --'New Energy for Java - Classes are Dead, Long Live Interfaces' -- truly captures what Apache Polygene is really about: designing software efficiently," said Niclas Hedhman, original project co-founder and member of the Apache Polygene Project Management Committee. "Too many frameworks add a lot of boilerplate and configuration that is simply not needed. It just slows everyone down, and everyone is looking for alternatives to JPA (Java Persistence API). Polygene can deliver that, and much more. Simply put, Polygene is application framework done right."

Apache Polygene 3.0 is a major release on Java 8, and features new serialization subsystem, persistence system additions of Apache Cassandra and Apache Geode entity stores, full Java Scripting API support, and a focus for delivery of REST API applications and microservices. Polygene 3.0's many improvements make it easier to get started and is anticipated to be a critical release for years to come. Further details are available in the Apache Polygene 3.0 technical fact sheet https://blogs.apache.org/polygene/date/20170730

"Version 3.0 has been more work than any previous release," said Paul Merlin, Vice President of and Release Manager of Apache Polygene. "We have rewritten large sections of the Polygene Runtime to leverage Java 8 platform, and decided to minimize user impact by making all other changes that may break compatibility with previous versions at the same time."

"In our new business venture, I am again happy to use Polygene to simplify the application modeling," said Jiri Jetmar, member of the Apache Polygene Project Management Committee and longtime Polygene user. "Many features are crucial, but being able to not use JPA and have a better persistence model is probably the most important one for us. There are very few alternatives to JPA, and Polygene is simply the best."

Polygene originated in 2007 as Qi4j, and, in 2015, became the first project to enter the ASF as a pTLP (provisional Top-Level Project) without entering the Apache Incubator. The project celebrated its 10 year anniversary with its 9th supported release, and is planning for 3 additional releases in the next 12 months.

"We are already working on Polygene 3.1 with a code generator to get started more quickly," added Hedhman. "Also in the works is an enterprise-friendly SQL entity store, to remove the last objections of using Polygene in enterprise projects."

"Moving forward, we are determined to preserve compatibility," added Merlin. "We invite interested individuals to download Polygene and join the discussion on future features and enhancements."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Polygene 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 Polygene, visit https://polygene.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 https://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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