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Friday August 31, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 31 August 2018

So long, August. Let's wrap up the month with a look back at our activities over the past week:

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - 24-27 September: T-24 days to Montreal. Don't miss 100+ Apache project and community sessions, from CloudStack to Spark to Tomcat to Geospatial to Hackathon, BarCamp, and more. Join us! http://apachecon.com/acna18/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield bouncy performance at 96.12% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 288 Apache contributors changed 444,400 lines of code over 1,613 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Sijie Guo, Tellier Benoit, Kevin A. McGrail, Shawn McKinney, and Carlos Sanchez Gonzalez.

Apache Drill™ –an Apache Open Source SQL query engine for Big Data exploration.
 - Apache Drill 1.14.0 released https://drill.apache.org/

Apache HttpComponents™ Core –a set of HTTP/1.1 and HTTP/2 transport components that can be used to build custom client and server side HTTP services with a minimal footprint.
 - HttpComponents Core 5.0 beta3 released http://hc.apache.org/

Apache SystemML™ –a machine learning platform optimal for Big Data.
 - Apache SystemML 1.2.0 released http://systemml.apache.org/

Apache XMLBeans™ –a tool that allows access to the full power of XML in a Java friendly way.
- Apache XMLBeans 3.0.1 released https://xmlbeans.apache.org

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that since Apache Groovy was first announced 15 years ago, the project has had 160+ releases, 320+ contributors and 100M+ downloads? http://groovy.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the CFPs for DataWorks Summit (18-21 March 2019/Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019/Washington DC) closes 14 September? https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Did you know that Chick-fil-A uses Apache MXNet (incubating) vision models to alert when their fries sit for too long? http://mxnet.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - Catch members of the Apache community at Solutions Hamburg 12-14 September in Hamburg --stop by the Apache booth and say hello! https://solutions.hamburg/

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - The Apache Spark community will be presenting at In-Memory Computing Summit North America 2-3 October in San Francicso https://www.imcsummit.org/2018/us/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - 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/

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Friday August 24, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 24 August 2018

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Hello, hello! It's time for our Friday review of our activities over the past week:

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - 24-27 September: T-31 days to Montreal --100+ sessions of Apache project and community-driven goodness. Have you registered yet? http://apachecon.com/acna18/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield fab performance at 98.85% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 389 Apache contributors changed 647,196 lines of code over 2,206 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Bridget Bevens, Andrea Cosentino, Willem Jiang, Peng Hui Jiang, and Kevin A. McGrail.

Apache Cayenne™ –a powerful, full-featured, Open Source framework created for developers working with relational databases.
 - Apache Cayenne 4.0 final released https://cayenne.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ Lang –a package of Java utility classes for the classes that are in java.lang's hierarchy, or are considered to be so standard as to justify existence in java.lang.
 - Apache Commons Lang 3.8 released http://commons.apache.org/

Apache Directory™ –an extensible and embeddable directory server entirely written in Java, and certified LDAPv3 compatible by The Open Group.
 - Apache DS 2.0.0.AM25 released http://directory.apache.org/

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.5.3 released https://flink.apache.org/

Apache HAWQ® –advanced Big Data query engine and analytic database in use at Alibaba, Haier, VMWare, ZTESoft, and hundreds more.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® HAWQ® as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/V43L

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 JMS AMQP 0-x 6.3.3 and Qpid JMS 0.36.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache Struts™ –an elegant, extensible framework for creating enterprise-ready Java Web applications.
 - Apache Struts 2.3.35 GA with Security Fixes and 2.5.17 GA with Security Fixes released http://struts.apache.org
 - CVE-2018-11776 Apache Struts 2.3 to 2.3.34 and 2.5 to 2.5.16 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201808.mbox/%3CDB5PR08MB10623BF00ACDCA92BF685C63AF300%40DB5PR08MB1062.eurprd08.prod.outlook.com%3E

Apache Syncope™ –an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology.
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.10 and 2.1.1 released http://syncope.apache.org/

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.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.33 and 9.0.11 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (New Hampshire and Vermont)'s STEM program on 22 September teaches girls how to code different Java programs and games using Apache NetBeans (incubating)? http://bit.ly/2N3xGdx

 - Did you know that the CFP for MesosCon (5-7 November/NYC) is now open through 27 August? http://mesoscon2018.org

 - Did you know that Chick-fil-A uses Apache MXNet (incubating) vision models to alert when their fries sit for too long? http://mxnet.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - 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/

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Thursday August 23, 2018

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

Advanced Big Data query engine and analytic database in use at Alibaba, Haier, VMWare, ZTESoft, and hundreds more.

Wakefield, MA —23 August 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® HAWQ® as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache HAWQ is an advanced enterprise SQL-on-Hadoop query engine and analytic database. It combines the key technological advantages of MPP database with the scalability and convenience of Apache Hadoop. HAWQ reads data from and writes data to HDFS natively, delivers industry-leading performance and linear scalability, and provides users with a complete, standards compliant SQL interface.

"We are very excited to see Apache HAWQ graduate as a Top-Level Project and we would like to thank our Incubation mentors for all their help," said Dr. Lei Chang, Vice President of Apache HAWQ. "This is a huge milestone that reflects the collective contributions from the growing global community to deliver a world-class SQL engine for analytics."

HAWQ operates natively in Apache Hadoop to provide users the tools to confidently and successfully interact with petabyte-range data sets. Features include:
  • Exceptional performance: parallel processing architecture delivers high performance throughput and low latency —potentially near real time— query responses that can scale to petabyte-sized datasets;
  • Robust ANSI SQL compliance: leverage familiar skills. Achieve higher levels of compatibility for SQL-based applications and BI/data visualization tools. Execute complex queries and joins, including roll-ups and nested queries; and 
  • Apache Hadoop ecosystem integration: integrate and manage with Apache YARN. Provision with Apache Ambari. Interface with Apache HCatalog. Supports Apache Parquet, Apache HBase, and others. Easily scales nodes up or down to meet performance or capacity requirements.

Apache HAWQ is in use at Alibaba, Haier, VMware, ZTESoft, and hundreds of users around the world.

"We admire Apache HAWQ's flexible framework and ability to scale up in a Cloud ecosystem. HAWQ helps those seeking a heterogeneous computing system to handle ad-hoc queries and heavy batch workloads," said Kuien Liu, Computing Platform Architect at Alibaba. "Alibaba encourages more and more engineers to continue to embrace Open Source, and Apache HAWQ stands out as a star project. We are proud to have been collaborating with this community since 2015."

"Haier Group has deployed clusters of more than 30 nodes in the production environment from the very beginning of HAWQ," said Xiaoliang Wu, Big Data Architect at Haier. "We use HAWQ as an ad-hoc query and batch computation engine in areas such as social network services and IOT. Because of its superior scalability and stability, HAWQ greatly improves development efficiency and reduces operation and maintenance costs. We believe that Apache HAWQ is a very competitive product in the SQL-On-Hadoop field."

"We have been using Apache HAWQ at VMware for 4 years now," said Dominie Jacob, Lead Big Data Engineer at VMware Inc. "It is easy to manage and scale using Apache Ambari, and easy to provision and attach more nodes based on demand. Being virtualized, it is easy to provision and attach more nodes based on demand. In our BI Big Data world, HAWQ is the primary database for accessing the Hadoop datasets, building models, and executing predictive model workflows. HAWQ is working seamlessly with billions of records, thousands of Tables/Functions/Tableau-Reports, and hundreds of users. The demand for HAWQ is increasing. As VMware always encourages us to pick up and contribute back to Open Source technologies, we would love to collaborate with this community and see more enhancements. In our BI space, HAWQ is one of the top priorities."

"Apache HAWQ is an attractive technology for Big Data applications," said Zixu Zhao, Architect at ZTESoft. "HAWQ serves as the foundation of our Big Data platform and it has been used in a lot of applications, such as interactive analytics and BI on telecom data. We congratulate HAWQ on becoming an Apache Top-Level Project."

"Becoming an Apache Top-Level Project is an important milestone," added Chang. "There is much work ahead of us, and we look forward to growing the HAWQ community and codebase."

Catch Apache HAWQ in action at ApacheCon North America 24-27 September 2018 http://apachecon.com/acna18/ .

Availability and Oversight

Apache HAWQ 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 HAWQ, visit http://hawq.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheHAWQ .

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 730 individual Members and 6,800 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 Aetna, Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, and Union Investment. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF


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Friday August 17, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 17 August 2018

Happy Friday from the Apache community! Let's delve into what's happened over the past week:

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - 24-27 September: we look forward to seeing you in Montreal. 100+ Apache community-driven sessions: register today http://apachecon.com/acna18/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield superb performance at 98.54% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 418 Apache contributors changed 760,843 lines of code over 2,533 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Gary Gregory, Benjamin Mahler, Uma Maheswara Rao G, Stephen Mallette, and Jeff Elsloo.

Apache Commons™ Compress –defines an API for working with compression and archive formats.
 - Apache Commons Compress 1.18 released http://commons.apache.org/
 - [CVE-2018-11771] Apache Commons Compress 1.7 to 1.17 denial of service vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201808.mbox/%3C87in4apjvv.fsf%40v45346.1blu.de%3E

Apache Commons™ RNG –library that provides a collection of implementations of random numbers generators.
 - Apache Commons RNG 1.1 released http://commons.apache.org/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-faceted language for the Java platform.
 - Apache Groovy 2.5.2 released https://groovy.apache.org/

Apache Olingo™ –a Java library that enables developers to implement OData service providers (server) and consumers (clients) for OData V2 and V4.
 - Apache Olingo 4.5.0 released https://olingo.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –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 0.29.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects/codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation? Mentorship ensures code donations align with ASF legal standards and project communities are developed "The Apache Way". http://incubator.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the Apache Community will be participating in HackTheAlps? Registration closes 19 August; sign up today. https://www.hackthealps.it/

 - Did you know that the ASF offsets its day-to-day operating expenses through the generous contributions of individual donors and corporate Sponsors? http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - 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 10, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 10 August 2018

Another lovely week draws to a close. Here's what the Apache community has been up to:

Success at Apache –a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - The Apache Legal Shield - A Pragmatic View, by Bertrand Delacrétaz https://s.apache.org/tmi6

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series. Celebrating 20 years of community-led programming.
 - 24-27 September: Join us in Montreal! Discounted hotel room rates are filling quickly --register today http://apachecon.com/acna18/
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date!

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield really nice performance at 97.66% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 399 Apache contributors changed 786,435 lines of code over 2,144 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Stephen Mallette, Wes McKinney, Oleg Kalnichevski, and Clebert Suconic.

Apache Commons™ Configuration –software library that provides a generic configuration interface which enables an application to read configuration data from a variety of sources.
 - Apache Commons Configuration 2.3 released http://commons.apache.org/

Apache CouchDB™ –easy to use, Open Source database software with a scalable architecture. 
 - Apache CouchDB 2.2.0 released https://couchdb.apache.org/

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.6.0 released https://flink.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 2.16.3 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.8.6 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Kafka™ –distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
 - Apache Kafka 2.0.0 released https://kafka.apache.org/

Apache Pulsar (incubating) –a highly scalable, low latency messaging streaming platform running on commodity hardware.
 - Apache Pulsar 2.1.0-incubating released https://pulsar.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Proton –a messaging library for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0.
 - Apache Qpid Proton-J 0.27.3 and 0.28.1 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache ServiceComb (incubating) –a Restful based service-registry that provides micro-services discovery and micro-service management.
 - Apache ServiceComb Service-Center 1.0.0 and ServiceComb Java-Chassis version 1.0.0 released http://servicecomb.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket technologies.
 - CVE-2018-8037 Apache Tomcat - Information Disclosure http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201808.mbox/%3C0c616b4d-4e81-e7f8-b81d-1bb4c575aa33%40apache.org%3E

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 6.2.3 and 7.1.4 released http://trafficserver.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Community Development publish a monthly blog? Catch up on all their activities at https://blogs.apache.org/comdev/entry/community-development-news-july-2018

 - Did you know that you can easily help promote ApacheCon? http://www.apachecon.com/acna18/banners/

 - Did you know that Thomas Cook Group subsidiary Club18-30.com and Ghent University use Apache Wicket? http://wicket.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - 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 07, 2018

Success at Apache: the Apache Legal Shield - a pragmatic view

by Bertrand Delacretaz

I became active in the ASF in 2001 via Gianugo Rabellino -- he was the one who started the discussions with Apache Fop about me donating the jfor XLS-FO to RTF converter that I had developed earlier. It was already too late to uninvent RTF which is a terrible format, but I digress. I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of the ASF and have been doing a lot of thinking (and presentations) about what makes the ASF tick in terms of collaboration and Shared Neurons.

Section 12.1 of the Apache Bylaws https://www.apache.org/foundation/bylaws describes the legal protection that the Apache Software Foundation provides to our directors, officers and members.

I'm not a lawyer by far, however, and that language is a bit hard for me to parse, so I thought I'd try to clarify what this means for our contributors and learn more about it in the process.

If you go into detail there's certainly more to it but I think the items below are the absolute basics that every PMC member https://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html should understand in order to benefit from the legal shield that the Foundation provides.

What is a "Legal Shield" ?

An important goal of the Apache Bylaws and policies is to isolate our contributors from any legal action that might be taken against the Foundation, if they act as specified in those policies.

That's what we mean by "legal shield": a way for our individual volunters to be sheltered from legal suits directed at the Foundation's projects, as mentioned in our "How the ASF works" document https://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html .

Acts of the Foundation

The first thing is to make sure our software releases are "Acts of the Foundation" as opposed to something that people do in their own name. This is natural if we follow our release policy https://www.apache.org/legal/release-policy.html , which defines a simple release approval process for releasing source code that makes the project's PMC https://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html responsible for the release, as opposed to our individual contributors and release managers.

This means that if the released software is ever involved in legal action and someone has to testify or produce information as part of a subpoena, or worse, it's the Foundation which is in charge of that and not our individual contributors. These things happen from time to time, not very often but they can represent a lot of work and aggravation that none of us are looking for. The 2011 subpoena to Apache around Java and Android http://www.groklaw.net/articlebasic.php?story=20110509221136468 is just one example of that. Produce documents reflecting all communications between someone and Apache, how fun is that?

The goal of our release process is to make it very clear what an Apache Release is, and also clarify that anyone using our software in other ways, by getting it directly from our code repositories for example, does so at their own risk. If it's not an Apache Release we didn't give it to them, they grabbed it on their own initiative and have to accept the consequences of that.

The Rest is for Contributors

This leads to a second and related item: developer builds, which happen much more often than releases, often daily, and that people can easily download and use.

Those builds are meant for contributors to our projects, to use in development and testing as part of their contribution activities.

To avoid any confusion, it is important to clearly label them as such, and to draw a clear line between them and official Apache Releases. They should only be advertised in places where developers who are part of our communities (as opposed to the general public) can see them, and with suitable disclaimers.

In our world of continuous deployment and automated builds, the lines between what's a release and what's just tagged code that works for someone are often blurred. That's totally fine from a technical point of view, and often desirable when one wants to move fast, but we shouldn't forget about the possible legal implications ot distributing software.

Let's make sure we take advantage of the well-designed Apache Legal Shield that the Foundation provides to us, by strictly following our release policy and clearly specifying what is what in terms of downloadable software.

I never thought I'd write a blog post on a legal topic, so here's the FUN DISCLAIMER: As mentioned, I am not a lawyer by far, and the above should not be considered legal advice - just a pragmatic view that can hopefully help our contributors better understand the related issues. For legal advice, consult your own legal advisor! And if you're thirsty after reading all this, get a drink and give a toast to the ASF and its founders!

Many thanks to the fellow Apache members who provided feedback and additional ideas for this post.

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Bertrand Delacretaz works as a Principal Scientist with the Adobe Research team in Basel, Switzerland. He spends a good portion of his time advocating and implementing Open Development as a way to make geographically dispersed teams more efficient and more fun for his coworkers. Bertrand is also an active Member of the Apache Software Foundation, currently on his tenth term on the Foundation's Board of Directors (Fiscal Year 2018-2019).

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Friday August 03, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 3 August 2018

Welcome, August! We hope you have had a great week. Let's take a peek at what the Apache community has been up to:

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

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series. Join us!
 - 24-27 September: Register for ApacheCon/Montreal today! Discounted sleeping room rates are available through 24 August, but are filling quickly http://apachecon.com/acna18/
     + event updates https://blogs.apache.org/conferences/entry/apachecon-north-america-2018-announcements
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date!
 - Media and Community Partner opportunities available for *all* official Apache events: drop us a note at press@apache.org to help.

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield hootin' performance at 96.35% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 843 Apache contributors changed 1,072,661 lines of code over 3,759 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Stephen Mallette, Masaori Koshiba, mxnet-ci, Gary Gregory, and Chris Brody.

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.5.2 released https://flink.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.17.5 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.6.13 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Kafka™ –distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
 - Apache Kafka 2.0.0 released https://kafka.apache.org/

Apache Knox™ –a REST API gateway for interacting with Apache Hadoop clusters.
 - Apache Knox 1.1.0 released http://knox.apache.org/

Apache NetBeans (incubating) –a development environment, tooling platform and application framework.
 - Apache NetBeans 9.0 released https://netbeans.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? jUDDI (8 years); Any23, Lucene.Net, and Oozie (6 years); Ignite, Lens, Serf, and Usergrid (6 years) --many happy returns! https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that you can easily help promote ApacheCon? http://www.apachecon.com/acna18/banners/

 - Did you know that Apache Cassandra, Kafka, Spark, and many others are holding community events this week? http://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - 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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