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Friday May 29, 2020

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 29 May 2020

Farewell, May --we're wrapping up the month with another great week. Here are the latest updates on the Apache community's activities:

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 17 June 2020. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - Notice on Apache 2020 Conferences https://s.apache.org/zgm8m 
 - CFP EXTENDED for ApacheCon North America: submissions due 1 June https://www.apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.74%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – this week, 900 Apache contributors changed 2,695,384 lines of code over 3,697 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Manfred Moser, Andrea Cosentino, Gary Gregory, Congxian Qiu, and Claus Ibsen.        

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Arrow 0.17.1 released https://arrow.apache.org/
 - Apache Calcite 1.23.0 released https://calcite.apache.org/
 - Apache Ignite 2.8.1 released https://ignite.apache.org/
 - Apache Beam 2.21.0 released https://beam.apache.org/

Cloud Computing --
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache CloudStack v 4.14 https://s.apache.org/l5ps8

Content --
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.8.22 released https://jackrabbit.apache.org/

IoT --
 - Apache PLC4X 0.7.0 released https://plc4x.apache.org/ 

Search --
 - Apache Lucene 8.5.2 and Solr 8.5.2 released https://lucene.apache.org/

Version Control --
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Subversion 1.14.0-LTS https://s.apache.org/osr65


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache OpenOffice now features new extensions for Danish spellcheck and hyphenation dictionaries? https://openoffice.apache.org/

 - Did you know that due to the coronavirus, Pulsar Summit is virtual this year? Catch live & interactive sessions by Splunk, Verizon Media, Iterable, Yahoo! JAPAN, TIBCO, OVHcloud, Clever Cloud and many more! https://pulsar-summit.org/

 - Did you know that Japanese work-life site Haken-EN is powered by Apache Wicket? https://wicket.apache.org/ 
 

Apache Community Notices

 - The Apache Software Foundation Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak https://s.apache.org/COVID-19  

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 21 Years of Open Source Leadership https://s.apache.org/21stAnniversary

 - Apache Month In Review: April 2020 – overview of events that have taken place within the Apache community https://s.apache.org/Apr2020

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q3 FY2020 (November 2019 - January 2020) https://s.apache.org/r6s5u  

 - "Trillions and Trillions Served", the documentary on the ASF, is in post-production. Catch the teaser at https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions and "Apache Everywhere", the first "Trillions" "short" filmed onsite at ApacheCon Las Vegas and Berlin this past year https://youtu.be/nXtIti9jMFI

 - Apache in 2019 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2019Digits

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2020 (August - October 2019) https://s.apache.org/2kv2n

 - ASF Founders look back on 20 Years of the ASF https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/our-founders-look-back-on

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998 http://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache Camel, Apache HTTP Server, 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 May 28, 2020

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® CloudStack® v 4.14

Mature Open Source Enterprise Cloud platform powers billions of dollars in transactions for the world's largest Cloud providers, Fortune 5 multinationals, educational institutions, and more.

Wakefield, MA —28 May 2020— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® CloudStack® 4.14, the latest version of the mature, turnkey enterprise Cloud orchestration platform.

Apache CloudStack is the proven, highly scalable IaaS platform of choice to rapidly and easily create private, public, and hybrid Cloud environments: it "just works". CloudStack originated at Cloud.com in 2010, which was acquired by Citrix in 2011. CloudStack was submitted to the Apache Incubator in 2012 and graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project (TLP) in March 2013.

Apache CloudStack includes the entire "stack" of features in an IaaS cloud: compute orchestration, Network-as-a-Service, user and account management, full and open native API, resource accounting, and a first-class user interface.

"v4.14 is an exciting release for Apache Cloudstack and is the result of many months of collaboration by our community," said Sven Vogel, Vice President of Apache CloudStack. "We are introducing a number of major new features that have been driven by demand by users and operators of CloudStack based IaaS environments. At the same time, we have kept to the project's ethos of having a tightly defined scope and being the platform of choice on which to layer other services."

Of particular note are:

  • Cloudstack Kubernetes Service gives operators the ability to deliver CaaS or K8aaS style services with no change to underlying  infrastructure or business process

  • VM Ingestion gives operators the ability to easily “import” existing VMware environments into Cloudstack

  • The new backup and recovery framework, allows operators to integrate with any backup platform, giving a seamless user experience from the Cloudstack UI/API

"Apache Cloudstack 4.14 ships with a Technical Preview of Cloudstack’s new User Interface," added Vogel. "This presents a new, ‘enterprise feel’ user experience and is earmarked to replace the current UI. We are encouraging all Cloudstack users to explore the Technical Preview and give feedback to the community. Thank you to all of the contributors across our community who have made this release possible."

More than 200 new features, enhancements, and fixes include:

  • New modern UI (Project Primate, Technical preview)
  • Backup and Recovery framework
  • Backup and Recovery provider for Veeam 
  • VM ingestion
  • CloudStack Kubernetes Service
  • L2 network PVLAN enhancements 
  • UEFI support
  • KVM rolling maintenance
  • Enable Direct Download for systemVM templates 
  • Template Direct Download support for Local and SharedMountPoint storages 
  • VR health checks
  • Download logs and diagnostics data from SSVM/CPVM/VRs
  • Enable additional configuration metadata to virtual machines


The full list of new features can be found in the project release notes at http://docs.cloudstack.apache.org/en/4.14.0.0/releasenotes/index.html .

Apache CloudStack powers thousands of clouds and billions of dollars in transactions across an array of organizations that include Apple, BT, INRIA, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), SAP, Taiwan Mobile, Verizon, and WebMD, among others. A list of some of Apache CloudStack’s users are available at http://cloudstack.apache.org/users.html .

Highlighted in Forrester’s Enterprise Open Source Cloud Adoption report, Apache CloudStack "sits beneath hundreds of service provider Clouds", and is behind numerous elastic Cloud computing services, including those at Fortune 5 multinationals as well as solutions ranked as Gartner Magic Quadrant leaders.

Availability and Oversight
Apache CloudStack 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 CloudStack, visit http://cloudstack.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/cloudstack .

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 813 individual Members and 7,800 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, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, CarGurus. Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit
http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF .

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "CloudStack", "Apache CloudStack", 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® Subversion® 1.14.0-LTS

Community-led Version Control Software and Source Code Management Tool Available on Most Integration Servers, Integrated Development Environments, Issue Tracking Systems, and more.

Wakefield, MA —28 May 2020— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Subversion® 1.14.0-LTS, the latest release of the popular centralized software version control system.

Apache Subversion ("SVN") provides a version controlled backing store for any kind of data. It records an accurate log of changes made to that data over time, and keeps track of who made them. Subversion allows users to commit files and directories, recover previous revisions, and even maintain multiple variations of their work in parallel. Able to service projects of any size, from individuals up to large scale collaborative efforts, Subversion is ideal for work in vast swaths of industries, from software development to semiconductor design, scientific research to medical technology. An Apache Top-Level Project for over a decade, Subversion celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year.

"First and foremost, I'd like to thank all of our developers and community members who helped make this release possible," said Nathan Hartman, Vice President of Apache Subversion. "We are excited to publish our latest LTS release, and the first in the 1.14 line."

As an LTS release, the focus is on stability and availability. These are achieved through the project's policies. For any change in core code to be included in updates to 1.14.x, the change must first undergo a process of nomination and voting for backport. At least three Subversion developers must support the change, with none having concerns about it.

LTS (Long Term Support) is an industry designation that a particular release line is planned to be maintained for a longer period of time than regular, non-LTS releases. For the Subversion project, this means that later updates to the 1.14.x series may contain bug fixes and security updates only. Any bleeding edge new features, even if developed during the lifetime of 1.14.x, will have to be introduced in a separate release line. Server operators and system administrators usually prefer LTS releases for stability, while end users often choose the latest release (LTS or not) to get the newest features.

Numerous third parties provide Subversion install packages for Windows, macOS, Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, and other operating systems. To maximize platform independence, Subversion is implemented with strict conformance to ISO C90, one of the most widely supported software coding standards worldwide. In addition, the Subversion developers provide bindings that enable integrations with software coded in popular web languages: Java, Ruby, Perl, and Python.

Particularly noteworthy for this release, Subversion's language bindings for Python received significant attention. Python 3 is supported, up from Python 2 in prior Subversion releases, an oft requested improvement that keeps Subversion 1.14.0-LTS current with the changing Python landscape. While this was a major undertaking, the project also tackled the challenge of maintaining compatibility with the older Python 2. This legacy support is expected to phase out gradually, as Python 3 continues to gain mindshare across the computing industry, but the Subversion project has a long tradition of maintaining compatibility wherever practical, giving operators of legacy systems some much-needed breathing room as they make the transition.

Among Subversion's strengths are its extensive support for working with giant repositories. The bedrock of this support is its centralized model, which allows users to check out only the portions of a repository that they need. The ASF uses Subversion this way in its own infrastructure, housing more than 80 of its Apache Top-Level Projects and sub-projects comprising millions of lines of code, including Subversion itself, in a single Subversion repository that makes all 1.8 million revisions of that information available to collaborators worldwide.

When dealing with such vast amounts of data, including all of its revisions, one might wonder about storage costs. Subversion uses a variety of techniques to minimize storage, including temporal compression, spacial compression, and data deduplication.

Another improvement in Subversion 1.14.0-LTS is a new tool in support of deduplication that could help some administrators reduce future storage costs. The deduplication feature uses an internal database named rep-cache.db. If deduplication was previously disabled, the database may not contain all necessary entries. The new feature, known as the 'svnadmin build-repcache' command, allows re-adding such missing entries and provides a way for those who had previously turned off deduplication to regain some of its benefits.

The release also includes several experimental features. One of these, Shelving and Checkpointing, allows users to save, restore, and roll back snapshots of their work, without making commits to the central repository. This is useful for setting aside a work in progress to work on something else, or for taking temporary snapshots when a network connection to the server is unavailable. Another experimental feature, Viewspec, allows users who create different cross-sections or "views" into their version controlled data, to save the layouts of those views and easily recreate them later. These experimental features are designated as such because they are not yet considered feature-complete. In Subversion 1.14.0-LTS, they are turned off and hidden by default, but are made available on an opt-in basis to entice open source community members to help further their development.

Subversion users, developers, and other stakeholders routinely communicate with each other through email lists. One ongoing discussion taking place there centers around a proposal to make Subversion even stronger at handling big files. The discussion thread, titled "Who else is using SVN for large-binary-asset storage?" has already generated some enthusiasm.

"Apache Subversion is more than code, it's a community," added Hartman. "As an open source and purely volunteer-driven effort, we thrive on participation from enthusiastic users and developers worldwide. We welcome their involvement in the future of Subversion and on our email lists."

Subversion 1.14.0-LTS is available now. The complete software source code can be downloaded from https://subversion.apache.org/download.html , with a list of install packages which are maintained by numerous third parties at https://subversion.apache.org/packages.html .

Over its 20-year history, Subversion has grown to become the most popular version control system on the market, and remains the leading centralized versioning and revision control software today. Millions of users worldwide depend on the collaboration-friendly system to easily access all files and historical data simultaneously without code conflicts or corruption. 

Apache Subversion is used for mission-critical code distribution and collaboration workflow by Adobe Dreamweaver, Eclipse, Google, Halliburton, Microsoft Visual Studio, Python, Ruby, Skype, SourceForge, and WordPress, among many others. The ASF's infrastructure uses Apache Subversion across millions of lines of code and nearly two million commits by more than 300 Apache projects.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Subversion 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 Subversion, visit http://subversion.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 813 individual Members and 7,800 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, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, CarGurus. Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, Pineapple Fund, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF 

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Subversion", "Apache Subversion", 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 May 22, 2020

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 May 2020

Happy Friday! Let's take a look at what the Apache community has been up to 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: 17 June 2020. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - Notice on Apache 2020 Conferences https://s.apache.org/zgm8m 
 - CFP EXTENDED for ApacheCon North America: submissions due 1 June https://www.apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.98%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – this week, 906 Apache contributors changed 30,740,023 lines of code over 3,548 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Liang Zhang, Andrea Cosentino, Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Claus Ibsen, and Peter Palaga.          

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Kudu 1.12.0 released https://kudu.apache.org/
 - Apache Kylin 2.6.6 and 3.0.2 released https://kylin.apache.org/

IoT --
 - Apache StreamPipes (Incubating) 0.66.0 released https://streampipes.apache.org/

Libraries --
 - Apache Log4j 2.13.3 released https://logging.apache.org/

Programming Languages --
 - Apache Groovy 2.5.12 and 3.0.4 released http://groovy.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat 7.0.104 released https://tomcat.apache.org/

Testing --
 - Apache JMeter 5.3 released https://jmeter.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the ASF is one of 10 organizations chosen by FOSS Responders to benefit from their first "UPLIFT!" Virtual Funding Event, being held on Friday 22 May? Thank you in advance for participating! https://fossresponders.com/#events 

 - Did you know that you can help Apache OpenOffice with their next release? Roll up sleeves and jump in! https://blogs.apache.org/OOo/entry/apache-openoffice-needs-your-help 

 - Did you know that Feathercast is back? The voice of the ASF features hundreds of recordings on Apache projects and their communities, ApacheCon presentations, and more! NEW: interviews with Apache Airflow, Ignite, Kafka, Mahou, OFBiz, Sling, and more. https://feathercast.apache.org 

Apache Community Notices

 - The Apache Software Foundation Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak https://s.apache.org/COVID-19  

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 21 Years of Open Source Leadership https://s.apache.org/21stAnniversary

 - Apache Month In Review: April 2020 – overview of events that have taken place within the Apache community https://s.apache.org/Apr2020

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q3 FY2020 (November 2019 - January 2020) https://s.apache.org/r6s5u  

 - "Trillions and Trillions Served", the documentary on the ASF, is in post-production. Catch the teaser at https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions and "Apache Everywhere", the first "Trillions" "short" filmed onsite at ApacheCon Las Vegas and Berlin this past year https://youtu.be/nXtIti9jMFI

 - Apache in 2019 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2019Digits

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2020 (August - October 2019) https://s.apache.org/2kv2n

 - ASF Founders look back on 20 Years of the ASF https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/our-founders-look-back-on

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998 http://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache Camel, Apache HTTP Server, 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 May 15, 2020

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 May 2020

Happy Friday! Let's take a look at what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

"Apache Everywhere" – the first "short" from the "Trillions" documentary filmed onsite at ApacheCon Las Vegas and Berlin this past year (just released!) https://youtu.be/nXtIti9jMFI 

Success at Apache – the monthly blog series that focuses on the people and processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - "Remote Collaboration in the Time of Coronavirus" by Marvin Humphrey https://s.apache.org/dkffj

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 May 2020. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - Notice on Apache 2020 Conferences https://s.apache.org/zgm8m 
 - CFP EXTENDED for ApacheCon North America: submissions due 1 June https://www.apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.93%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – this week, 898 Apache contributors changed 5,578,527 lines of code over 3,680 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Radu Cotescu, Adrian Cole, Claus Ibsen, Liang Zhang, and Andrea Cosentino.        

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Flink 1.10.1 released https://flink.apache.org/ 
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces the 10th Anniversary of Apache HBase https://s.apache.org/m2pxf
 - Apache ShardingSphere UI 4.1.0 released https://shardingsphere.apache.org/
 - Apache Druid 0.18.1 released https://druid.apache.org/

Build Management --
 - Apache Ant 1.9.15 and 1.10.8 released https://ant.apache.org/ 

Cloud --
 - Apache jclouds 2.2.1 released https://jclouds.apache.org/

Content --
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 2.21.1 released https://jackrabbit.apache.org/
 - Apache UIMA uimaFIT 3.1.0 released https://uima.apache.org/

IoT --
 - Apache IoTDB (Incubating) 0.9.3 released https://iotdb.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.31.0 released https://qpid.apache.org/

Natural Language Processing --
 - Apache NLPCraft 0.5.0 (incubating) released https://nlpcraft.apache.org/

Operating System --
 - Apache NuttX (Incubating) 9.0.0 released https://nuttx.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.55, 9.0.35, and 10.0.0-M5 released https://tomcat.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Feathercast --the voice of Apache-- features hundreds of recordings on Apache projects and their communities, ApacheCon presentations, and more? New interviews include Apache Airflow, Ignite, Mahout, OFBiz, and Sling https://feathercast.apache.org 

 - Did you know that the permissive and commercially-friendly Apache License 2.0 is one of the most popular Open Source licenses? http://apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 

 - Did you know that you can Support Apache –and help the ASF continue to provide $20B+ worth of software at 100% no cost– with a tax-deductible contribution? http://donate.apache.org/ 

Apache Community Notices

 - The Apache Software Foundation Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak https://s.apache.org/COVID-19  

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 21 Years of Open Source Leadership https://s.apache.org/21stAnniversary

 - Apache Month In Review: April 2020 – overview of events that have taken place within the Apache community https://s.apache.org/Apr2020

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q3 FY2020 (November 2019 - January 2020) https://s.apache.org/r6s5u  

 - "Trillions and Trillions Served", the documentary on the ASF, is in post-production. Catch the teaser at https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions

 - Apache in 2019 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2019Digits

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2020 (August - October 2019) https://s.apache.org/2kv2n

 - ASF Founders look back on 20 Years of the ASF https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/our-founders-look-back-on

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998 http://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache Camel, Apache HTTP Server, 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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Wednesday May 13, 2020

The Apache Software Foundation Announces the 10th Anniversary of Apache® HBase™

Open Source distributed, scalable Big Data store celebrates a decade of processing zettabytes of data across highly scalable large tables for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem 

Wakefield, MA —13 May 2020— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the tenth Anniversary of Apache® HBase, the distributed, scalable data store for the Apache Hadoop Big Data ecosystem.

"The success of Apache HBase is the success of Open Source," said Duo Zhang, Vice President of Apache HBase. "Ten years after graduating as a TLP, HBase is still among the most active projects at the ASF. We have hundreds of contributors all around the world. We speak different languages, we have different skills, but we all work together to make HBase better and better. Ten year anniversary is not the end, but a new beginning, I believe our strong community will lead the project to a bright future."

HBase originated at Powerset in 2006 as an Open Source system to run on Apache Hadoop’s Distributed File System (HDFS), similar to how BigTable ran on top of the Google File System. In 2007, a significant code contribution was added to the Apache Hadoop codebase and was integrated into the Apache Hadoop 0.15.0 release later that year. Development on HBase continued as a sub-project of Apache Hadoop, and graduated as an Apache Top-Level Project (TLP) in April 2010.

An Open Source, versioned, non-relational database, Apache HBase provides low latency random access to very large tables —billions of rows and millions of columns— atop clusters of non-specialized, commodity hardware. HBase reads, writes, and processes structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data in real-time environments.

Apache HBase is in use at thousands of organizations, including Adobe, Airbnb, Alibaba, Bloomberg, Flipkart, Huawei, HP, Hubspot, IBM, Microsoft, NetEase, Pinterest, Salesforce, Shopee, Tencent, Twitter, Xiaomi, and Yahoo! (now Verizon Media), among others.

Testimonials

"Congratulations on the 10th birthday of Apache HBase! Alibaba started to use HBase since January 2011 and has witnessed its growth and come along with the community through the years. The Apache HBase community has always been an open and powerful team that produced many stable, production-ready and widely used versions. Today at Alibaba, we have HBase clusters with more than 10k nodes serving hundreds of petabytes of data, as well as  more than 1,000 enterprise HBase users on Alibaba Cloud. We will continue collaborating with and contributing to the HBase community and wish us all ongoing success in future!"
—Chunhui Shen and Yu Li, members of the HBase team at Alibaba

"I have worked with Apache HBase for many years and I think it is a great product. it does what it says on the tin so to speak. Ironically if you look around the NoSQL competitors, most of them are supported by start-ups, whereas HBase is only supported as part of Apache suite of products by vendors like Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR, etc. For those who would prefer to use SQL on top, there is Apache Phoenix around which makes life easier for the most SQL-savvy world to work on HBase: problem solved. For TCO, HBase is still value for money compared to others. You don't need expensive RAM or SSD with HBase. That makes it easy to onboard it in no time. Also HBase can be used in a variety of different business applications, whereas other commercial ones  are focused on narrower niche markets. Least but last happy 10th anniversary and hope HBase will go from strength to strength and we will keep using it for years to come!"
—Dr. Mich Talebzadeh, Chief Data Architect, Big Data

"Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of Apache HBase! Xiaomi started to use HBase in 2012, when our business started booming. Many key Xiaomi products and services, as well as Xiaomi's data analytics platform, require a new system to provide quick and random access to billions of rows of structured and semi-structured data. Traditional solutions are not able to handle the large volume of data brought by the quickly increasing Xiaomi user base. Among several available options, we choose HBase not only because it provides a rich set of features and excellent performance specs, but also because it has a very active, open and friendly community. Embracing open source has been part of Xiaomi's engineering culture, and our deep involvement in the development of Apache HBase demonstrates the best practices of Xiaomi's open source strategy. In the past several years, we have contributed tons of bug fixes and important features to HBase, and, in the meantime, we have contributed 9 committers and 3 PMC members to the HBase community. Looking forward, we will continue to work closely with the Apache HBase community to help the project grow, and we wish Apache HBase a wonderful future!"
—Dr. Baoqiu Cui, Vice President of Xiaomi Corporation and Technical Committee Chairman

“Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of Apache HBase, it’s great to see how the project has developed over the years and continues to have good community support around it! Salesforce has a large global footprint of Apache HBase in production storing multiple petabytes of customer data and serving several billions of queries per day for a wide variety of use cases including security, monitoring, collaboration portals, and performance caches to scale over RDBMS limitations. HBase has played a major role in Salesforce’s customer success in the BigData storage space and we continue to invest in it as one of the pillars of our multi-substrate database strategy along with Apache Phoenix for SQL access to data stored in HBase. We have contributed many features and bug fixes to HBase over the last several years, and we look forward to continue working with the Apache HBase community to develop the project further. Here’s to many more successful years for Apache HBase!”
—Sanjeev Lakshmanan, Senior Director, Software Development, Salesforce

“Happy 10th Apache HBase! It was around 8 years ago that we started looking at HBase to include as part of our Hosted Big Data Services stack. Fast-forward to today and it continues to be a critical offering in our stack, powering a diverse set of use cases and workloads such as ad targeting, content personalization, analytics, security, monitoring, etc. HBase enables these diverse workloads thanks to it’s high-scalability, feature set and performance, all of which have been continuously refined through the years. In turn our footprint continues to grow storing petabytes of data across thousands of machines. Our success is in part thanks to the project’s success as we benefit from our collaborations, the contributions and other efforts by the community (eg mailing list, meetups, HBaseCon, etc). This is a testament to the open, friendly and dedicated community around Apache HBase which is necessary for the success of any open source project. We wish the project continued success for years to come as we continue to collaborate with and be part of the community cultivating the project.”
—Francis Liu and Thiruvel Thirumoolan,  HBase Big Data Team Members, Yahoo! (now Verizon Media)

“Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of Apache HBase! It’s great to see how this project has evolved from a big data project to one that runs business critical systems and continues to accelerate with a growing community and increasing pace of development! Cloudera has over 500 customers in production using it for a range of use cases ranging from mission critical transactional applications to supporting data warehousing. Our largest customers have footprints in excess of 7,000 nodes storing over 70PB of data. Our customers choose HBase because of its resilience with some customers able to realize 100% application uptime using HBase (over the past 3 years). We plan to continue to invest in HBase (and Apache Phoenix) to ensure that we can continue to both broaden support for a variety of hybrid transactional and analytical use cases and deepen support for existing use cases. Here's to many more successful years!"
—Arun C. Murthy, Chief Product Officer, Cloudera

“Many Congratulations to the Apache HBase community on the 10th anniversary. Apache HBase provides rich functions and excellent performance, and has an open and friendly community. Huawei started using HBase since 2010: HBase is widely used by multiple solutions of Huawei running on more than 10,000 nodes, storing hundreds of PBs data to meet our requirements. Huawei FusionInsight provides the Best Practices of Huawei for HBase, which serves a lot of customers across many industries such as finance, operators, government, energy, medical, manufacturing, and transportation. Meanwhile, Huawei team members contributed a lot of bug fixes and features to HBase, successfully hosted the first HBase Asia Technology Conference HBaseCon Asia 2017 at Shenzhen. Going forward, Huawei will continue to work closely with the Apache HBase community to promote community development.”
—Wei Zhi, Kai Mo and Pankaj Kumar, members of the HBase team at Huawei

“Happy 10th anniversary, HBase! At Ultra Tendency, you have been the backbone of our Dual Lambda Streaming Architecture for many years! You have served billions of queries to our customers without interruption and at low latency. Your architecture guaranteed that you were always there when we needed you, never letting us or our customers down. You are the reason why our European clients today are running flourishing new business models backed by low-latency streaming products. Our committers and contributors will continue to fix bugs and provide feature enhancements. Ultra Tendency wishes you a bright and successful future!”
—Jan Hentschel, Chief Information Officer, Ultra Tendency

“Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of Apache HBase, I can't believe it's been 10 years since the first day when I tried to use Apache HBase and its ecosystem to help the business and company. Also, it is so great to see many colleagues and friends work, discuss, cooperate together to make this system become better. Some of them also make great career development and some are still progress. Shopee, one of the biggest e-commerce platforms in Southeast Asia, has several large Apache HBase clusters in production to support businesses that depend on several billions of queries per day. Apache HBase has played a significant role in Shopee and it is still in expansion along with the business growth of Shopee. Apache HBase, as well as the community, helps us a lot and we also will continue to make contributions to Apache HBase. Looking forward to keeping working with the Apache HBase community to develop the project and its ecosystem further.”
—Li Luo, Manager of Data Infra department, Shopee

”At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and it’s this mission that drives our commitment to open source. Congratulations to the Apache HBase community on its 10th anniversary. Microsoft has been part of the vibrant HBase community since 2014, today we are proud to serve the numerous enterprise customers across industries who are leveraging HBase in Azure HDInsight for their most critical business applications.”
—Tomas Talius, Director of Engineering, Azure Data Services, Microsoft

Availability and Oversight
Apache HBase 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 HBase, visit http://hbase.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/HBase 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is the world’s largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 200M+ lines of code and providing more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache HTTP Server to 813 individual Members and 206 Project Management Committees who successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with 7,600+ Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, CarGurus, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF 


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Monday May 11, 2020

Success at Apache: Remote Collaboration in the Time of Coronavirus

by Marvin Humphrey

I "arrived" at the Apache Software Foundation in 2005, unreasonably angry about a bug in Apache Lucene.  By "arrived", I mean that I sent the first few emails among several thousand I would go on to send over the next 15 years — the ASF didn't have a physical office where I could show up to buttonhole and berate some unlucky customer service representative.  An unreasonably patient Lucene contributor named Doug Cutting talked me down.

Because the ASF has always been a virtual organization, the Coronavirus pandemic has had minimal impact on its day-to-day operations.  While individual contributors may be personally affected, at the collective level there's been no mad scramble to adapt.

Others have not been so fortunate.  All around the world organizations have been struggling to revamp their processes and infrastructure to comply with "social distancing" protocols.  Sadly, many have already laid off workers, or even closed their doors for good.

And yet, there is a huge pool of work which could conceivably be performed remotely but isn't yet — or which is suddenly being performed remotely but inefficiently.  If we can accelerate and streamline the transition to remote work, many jobs and businesses could be saved.  With some creativity, our interim "new normal" could be more propsperous, and perhaps sooner than we think!

Are you an Open Source contributor?  If so, you possess expertise in remote operations which is desperately needed in today's challenging economic environment.  Let's talk about what we know and how we can help.


The Internet Turns People Into Jerks

People type things at each other over the internet that they would never say to someone's face.  In person, we calibrate our language based on feedback we receive via facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language.  But when all communication is written, the feedback loop is broken — and all too easily, vicious words fall out of our fingertips.

Suddenly-remote workers may find themselves exposed to this phenomenon as conversations that once took place in the office migrate to Slack, email, and other text-centric communication channels.  But it can be tricky learning to recognize when a conversation being conducted via a text channel has gotten overheated — it takes an intuitive leap of empathy, possibly aided by dramatic reading of intemperate material a la Celebrities Read Mean Tweets https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4hTtftqnlAkiQNdWn6bbKUr-P1wuSm0 on Jimmy Kimmel.

Open Source communities have grappled with incivility for as long as the movement has existed.  Over time, "ad hominem" personal attacks have gradually become taboo because of their insidious corrosive effect; there exists broad cultural consensus that you should attack the idea rather than person behind it.

Defenses have become increasingly formalized and sophisticated as more and more communities have adopted a "code of conduct".  While the primary purpose of such documents is guard gainst harassment and other serious misconduct, they often contain aspirational recommendations about how community members should treat each other — because serious misconduct is more likely to occur in an environment of constant low-grade incivility.

Regardless of whether your organization adopts a code of conduct, it won't hurt to raise awareness among remote team members of the suceptibility of text-based communications to incivility — so that they may identify and confront it in themselves and others and shunt everyone towards more constructive patterns of communication.


Keeping Everyone "In The Loop"

Coordination is a troublesome problem even when everyone works in the same office, but the difficulties are magnified in remote environments where it takes more effort to initiate and conduct conversations.  Teams can become fragmented and individuals can become isolated unless a culture is established of keeping everyone "in the loop".

At the ASF, the problem is especially acute because its virtual communities are spread out across the globe.  Due to time zone differences, it is typically infeasible to get all stakeholders together for a meeting — even a virtual meeting held via conference call or videochat.  Additionally, many stakeholders in ASF communities do not have the availability to participate in real-time conversations regularly because they are not employed to to work on projects full-time.

"Synchronous" communication channels like face-to-face, videochat, phone, text chat, and so on are good for rapid-fire iteration and refinement of ideas, but they effectively exclude anyone who isn't following along in real-time.  Even if conversations are captured, such as with AV-recorded live meetings or logged text chats, it is inefficient and often confusing to review how things went down after the fact.

The solution that the ASF has adopted is to require that all meaningful project decisions be made in a single, asynchronous communication channel.

  • The channel must be canonical so that all participants can have confidence that if they at least skim everything that goes by in that one channel, they will not miss anything crucial.
  • The channel must be asynchronous to avoid excluding stakeholders with limited availability.

Synchronous conversations will still happen outside this canonical channel —and they should, because again, synchronous conversations are efficient for iterating on ideas!  However, the expectation is that a summary of any such offline conversation must be written up and posted to the canonical channel, allowing all stakeholders the opportunity to have their say.

At the ASF, the canonical channel must be an email list, but for other organizations different tools might be more appropriate: a non-technical task manager such as Asana, a wiki, even a spreadsheet (for a really small team). The precise technology doesn't matter: the point is that there are significant benefits which obtain if a channel exists which is 1) canonical, and 2) asynchronous.

Decision Making

In an office, decision makers can absorb a certain amount of information by osmosis — via overheard conversations, working lunches, impromptu collaborations, and so on.  That source of information goes disconcertingly dry on suddenly-remote teams, leaving only information siphoned through more deliberate action.

A canonical, asynchronous communication channel can compensate to some extent, providing transparency about what is being worked on and how well people are working together, and facilitating oversight even while most of the work gets done solo.  Because properly used asynchronous channels capture summaries rather than chaotic and verbose real-time exchanges, the information they provide is more easily consumed by observers watching from a distance.  The canonical channel also provides an arena for gauging consensus among stakeholders and for documenting signoff.

"Lazy consensus" is a particularly productive kind of signoff, where a proposal is posted to the canonical channel and if there are no objections within some time frame (72 hours at the ASF), the proposal is considered implicitly approved.  Provided that the channel is monitored actively enough that flawed proposals get flagged reliably, "lazy consensus" is a powerful tool for encouraging initiative — a precious quality in contributors collaborating remotely.

Conclusion

Organizations are adapting in myriad ways to the economic crisis brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.  In the world of Open Source Software where countless projects have run over the internet for decades, we've accumulated a lot of hard-learned lessons about the possibilities and pitfalls of remote collaboration.  Perhaps our experiences can inform some of the suddenly-remote teams out there straining to find their way in these difficult times.  Let's help them to do their best!

Marvin Humphrey is a Member Emeritus of the ASF and a past VP Incubator, VP Legal Affairs, and member of the Board of Directors.  These days, he is focusing on family concerns and consulting part-time.

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Friday May 08, 2020

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 8 May 2020

Greetings everyone --it's time to review the Apache community's activities from the past week:

Support Apache – help the ASF continue to provide $20B+ worth of software –at 100% no cost– for the public good https://s.apache.org/GivingTuesdayNow2020

Success at Apache – the monthly blog series that focuses on the people and processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - "Bringing the Apache Beam firefly to life" by Julián Bruno https://s.apache.org/bmq4l

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 May 2020. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - Notice on Apache 2020 Conferences https://s.apache.org/zgm8m 
 - CFP EXTENDED for ApacheCon North America: submissions due 1 June https://www.apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.81%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – this week, 886 Apache contributors changed 15,655,389 lines of code over 3,437 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Manfred Moser, Mark Thomas, Claus Ibsen, Andrea Cosentino, and Andrija Panic.   

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache CouchDB 3.0.1 and 3.1.0 released https://couchdb.apache.org/

Databases --
 - Apache ZooKeeper 3.6.1 released https://zookeeper.apache.org/

Identity Management --
 - Apache Syncope 2.0.15 and 2.1.6 released https://syncope.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Qpid Dispatch 1.12.0 released https://qpid.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache projects support COVID-19 pandemic-related efforts in myriad ways, including training large-scale, distributed deep learning libraries over clusters of hospital machines? https://s.apache.org/GivingTuesdayNow2020 

 - Did you know that the community behind Apache TVM (incubating) --the ASF's first *hardware* oriented project (end-to-end open deep learning compiler stack)-- will be holding an online meetup on 21 May? https://twitter.com/ApacheTVM/status/1257745088186159104?s=20 

 - Did you know that you can jazz up your video-chat presence with swag from your favorite Apache projects? https://www.redbubble.com/people/comdev/shop --can't find your project? Grab the project logo from http://www.apache.org/logos/ and request it be added by emailing dev@community.apache.org! 


Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak https://s.apache.org/COVID-19  

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 21 Years of Open Source Leadership https://s.apache.org/21stAnniversary

 - Apache Month In Review: April 2020 – overview of events that have taken place within the Apache community https://s.apache.org/Apr2020

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q3 FY2020 (November 2019 - January 2020) https://s.apache.org/r6s5u  

 - "Trillions and Trillions Served", the documentary on the ASF, is in post-production. Catch the teaser at https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions

 - Apache in 2019 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2019Digits

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2020 (August - October 2019) https://s.apache.org/2kv2n

 - ASF Founders look back on 20 Years of the ASF https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/our-founders-look-back-on

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998 http://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache Camel, Apache HTTP Server, 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 May 05, 2020

Support Apache: #GivingTuesdayNow


Support The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and help the world's largest Open Source foundation continue to provide $20B+ worth of software for the public good at 100% no cost.


Apache projects are helping millions of individuals and businesses struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic in numerous ways, including:

  1. Accessing one’s desktop remotely whilst working from home;

  1. Ordering, warehousing, picking, shipping, dispatching, and tracking critical supplies worldwide;

  1. Classifying and integrating 1.5B+ genetic data records;

  1. Storing, extracting, linking, and processing terabytes of electronic medical records across thousands of servers;

  1. Training large-scale, distributed deep learning libraries over clusters of hospital machines;

  1. Developing machine learning cardiovascular disease prediction models; and

  1. Supporting biobank research and real-time intensive care data analysis.


Your contribution helps ensure The Apache Software Foundation’s 350+ projects and initiatives remain accessible to all, absolutely free of charge. The not-for-profit ASF does not pay for development --all work on Apache projects is done by a volunteer community of more than 7,700+ Committers on six continents.

 

Donate today at https://donate.apache.org/


We thank you for your support during this unprecedented time.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity taking place on 5 May 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual GivingTuesday movement takes place  on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States, and is the second largest giving day of the year. (1 December 2020).


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Monday May 04, 2020

Success at Apache: bringing the Apache Beam firefly to life

by Julián Bruno


Creating the Apache Beam firefly was the first opportunity I had to contribute my skills as a designer and illustration artist to an open source project. I didn’t know anybody working in open source until I moved to San Francisco from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I knew about open source software for video games, like Unity or Unreal Engine... This allowed gamers to make modifications, like adding new levels or creating new character models, and upload them to the same engine that hosted the original game for other gamers to use. This practice enabled a sense of community, where users can share ideas, passions, and express creativity. There are so many things you can do when you work in collaboration with others. This spirit of community is one of the things that made me excited about contributing to Apache Beam. 


Living in an area where technology is everywhere really piqued my interest and drove my curiosity to understand how technology evolves. When the opportunity came to contribute to Apache Beam, I was interested right away. I didn’t know about the project before I got involved, and I certainly didn’t know there was a community behind it, working together to build this amazing solution. Building a mascot for a group of people is different from working for a brand because this firefly represents a group of people and what they find valuable. There is an extra layer that makes it more human. For this type of work, designing a mascot is usually a decision reserved for a small group, and the larger community is not involved. It is refreshing and very meaningful that the community had a chance to step into the process. I saw it as an opportunity for self-expression,participation, and one more exercise in community building. 


In order for this process to be inclusive, I built a group-wide communication system for the community to input during the process. I think that having open and frequent communication was key because, ideally, I wanted everyone to feel that the mascot represents them. I created questions that would help Apache Beam contributors understand what I needed as an illustrator. The questions helped me understand what they liked. This ensured that the mascot was aligned with the community’s taste. Some questions were about colors and visual styles they preferred, if the eyes are too big or small, and preferred line art style. There were 4 rounds of feedback, plus a final vote, where 18 people participated. Engagement increased with every new round. The Apache Way for communities to operate reminded me of a lot of animation forums I participated in the early 2000s. I’m glad to see that some of these practices are still around, because they help make processes more inclusive and build a sense of community.




This communication with the Apache Beam community helped me to create a mascot with features that are unique to the project. When I started, I was given a few concepts that I needed to work with, such as: cute, innovative, fast, data processing, and futuristic. The first few decisions, like making the mascot look as aerodynamic as possible were easy to make. Conveying "data processing" was a bit harder to figure out, butI eventually chose to communicate this concept by changing the mascot's color. What really gave the mascot its unique identity came from using Pokémon-like character style. I built the rhetoric for Apache Beam's logo by combining two concepts that have nothing to do with each other, Pokémon and data streaming, and created something new. 





In the end, I created the Apache Beam mascot and its model sheet, so that anyone can reproduce it, a version of the mascot learning (a key focus for the project at the moment), and a version of the firefly doing what it does best… stream data! I really enjoyed working for Apache Beam and contributing my skills as an illustration artist to open source. I think the most interesting part is the community: creating something in collaboration with others adds a lot of value to what you are making for the world.



Julián is a digital artist based in San Francisco, California. He has spent over 10 years in the animation industry and has developed his skills in art direction, 2D animation, illustration, and visual art development. My passions include art and cartoon animation, as well as connecting with people and creating new projects. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he studied Graphic Design at University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Find Julián's work on Artstation and Instagram.

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Friday May 01, 2020

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 1 May 2020

Welcome, May! We've had a great week within the Apache community. Here's what happened:

The Apache Software Foundation – the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Welcomes 34 New Members https://s.apache.org/q14mx

Inside Infra – the new interview series with members of the ASF Infrastructure team.
 - Meet Drew Foulks https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Drew

ASF Board – management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 May 2020. Board calendar and minutes https://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ – the ASF's official global conference series, bringing Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998.
 - Notice on Apache 2020 Conferences https://s.apache.org/zgm8m 
 - CFP EXTENDED for ApacheCon North America: submissions due 1 June https://www.apachecon.com/

Apache Community Development – the committee that welcomes new participants to the Apache community and mentors them in "The Apache Way".
 - Budapest, Hungary, joins as the latest Apache Local Community (ALC) Chapter https://s.apache.org/yot34
 - About the Apache Local Community program https://s.apache.org/alc

ASF Infrastructure – our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield uptime at 99.98%. Performance checks across 50 different service components spread over more than 250 machines in data centers around the world. http://www.apache.org/uptime/

Apache Code Snapshot – this week, 905 Apache contributors changed 4,556,300 lines of code over 3,929 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Tian Jiang, Mark Thomas, Andrea Cosentino, and Adrian Cole.    

Apache Project Announcements – the latest updates by category.

Big Data --
 - Apache Ignite 2.8.0 released https://ignite.apache.org/ 

Content --
 - Apache UIMA uimaFIT 2.5.0 released https://uima.apache.org/ 

Enterprise Processes Automation / ERP --
 - Apache OFBiz 17.12.03 released https://ofbiz.apache.org/

Databases --
 - Apache Impala 3.4.0 released https://impala.apache.org

IoT --
 - Apache IoTDB (Incubating) 0.9.2 released https://iotdb.apache.org/

Libraries --
 - Apache Daffodil (Incubating) 2.6.0 https://daffodil.apache.org/

Messaging --
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.51.0 released https://qpid.apache.org/

Search --
- Apache Lucene 7.7.3 and Solr 7.7.3 released https://lucene.apache.org/

Servers --
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.24 released https://tomcat.apache.org/

Web Conferencing --
 - Apache OpenMeetings 5.0.0-M4 released https://openmeetings.apache.org/

Web Framework --
 - Apache Wicket 8.8.0 released https://wicket.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Many happy returns to Apache Geronimo (17 years); Tomcat (16 years); OpenJPA, POI, TomEE, Turbine (14 years); Libcloud (10 years); Giraph and ManifoldCF (9 years); Phoenix (7 years); Whimsy (6 years); Bahir, TinkerPop, Zeppelin (5 years); SystemML (4 years); Traffic Control (3 years); Dubbo (2 years) https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date  

 - Did you know that Apache Kudu is able to sustain high levels of ingest throughput whilst delivering fantastic scan performance? https://kudu.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Kafka Summit 2020 will be virtual and free? https://events.kafka-summit.org/2020  


Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak https://s.apache.org/COVID-19  

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 21 Years of Open Source Leadership https://s.apache.org/21stAnniversary

 - Apache Month In Review: April 2020 – overview of events that have taken place within the Apache community https://s.apache.org/Apr2020

 - The Apache Software Foundation Operations Summary: Q3 FY2020 (November 2019 - January 2020) https://s.apache.org/r6s5u  

 - "Trillions and Trillions Served", the documentary on the ASF, is in post-production. Catch the teaser at https://s.apache.org/ASF-Trillions

 - Apache in 2019 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/Apache2019Digits

 - The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success https://s.apache.org/GhnI

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2020 (August - October 2019) https://s.apache.org/2kv2n

 - ASF Founders look back on 20 Years of the ASF https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/entry/our-founders-look-back-on

 - Foundation Reports and Statements http://www.apache.org/foundation/reports.html

 - ApacheCon: Tomorrow's Technology Today since 1998 http://s.apache.org/ApacheCon

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

 - Inside Infra: the new interview series with members of the ASF infrastructure team --meet Chris Thistlethwaite https://s.apache.org/InsideInfra-Chris

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheASF) 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

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache Camel, Apache HTTP Server, 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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Apache Month in Review: April 2020

Welcome to the latest monthly overview of events from the Apache community. Here's a summary of what happened in April:

New this month --

 - Announcing New ASF Board of Directors https://s.apache.org/Board2020  

 - ASF Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak https://s.apache.org/COVID-19 

 - Notice on Apache 2020 Conferences https://s.apache.org/zgm8m  

 - Success at Apache: Welcoming Communities Strengthens the Apache Way https://s.apache.org/tcs0m 

 - Apache Month in Review: March 2020 https://s.apache.org/Mar2020


Important Dates --

 - Next Board Meeting: 20 May 2020. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html 

 - CFP EXTENDED for ApacheCon North America: submissions due 1 June https://www.apachecon.com/  


Infrastructure --

Our seven-member Infrastructure team on three continents oversees our highly-reliable, distributed network under the leadership of VP Infrastructure David Nalley and Infrastructure Administrator Greg Stein. ASF Infrastructure supports 300+ Apache projects and their communities across ~200 individual machines, 1,400+ repositories, 5-6PB in traffic annually, ~75M downloads per month, and 2-3M daily emails on 2,000+ lists. ASF Infra performs 7M+ weekly checks to ensure services are available around the clock. The average uptime in April was 99.94%.


Committer Activity --

In April, 783 Apache Committers changed 4,753,944 lines of code over 14,634 commits. The Committers with the top 5 highest contributions, in order, were: Hervé Boutemy, Andrea Cosentino, Tellier Benoit, Mark Thomas, and Alex Herbert.

Project Releases and Updates --

New releases from Apache Apache Arrow (Big Data); Commons Lang and Numbers (Libraries); Directory (Servers); Druid (Big Data); Flagon (Incubating; Libraries); Flink (Big Data); Groovy (Programming Languages); HBase (Big Data); HTTP Server (Servers); Jackrabbit (Content); Kafka (Big Data); Libcloud (Cloud Computing); Lucene (Search); MyNewt (Embedded OS); NiFi (Big Data); Qpid (Messaging); Pulsar (Messaging); SAMOA (Big Data); Skywalking (Application Performance Management); Subversion (Version Control); Tika (Big Data); Tomcat (Servers); Traffic Control (Servers); Traffic Server (Servers); Tuweni (Blockchain); Wicket (Web Frameworks).

The Apache Incubator is the primary entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. Congratulations to Apache ShardingSphere for graduating as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/315iv  . No new podlings have entered the Incubator over the past month, but we invite you to review the many projects currently in development in the Apache Incubator http://incubator.apache.org/  

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