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Friday February 24, 2017

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

It's the last Friday in February, and we've had another smashing week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: rescheduled to 27 February 2017. Board calendar and minutes available at

Community over Code --we have passed the 6,000 Apache Committer mark!

Apache Incubator --the hub of innovation for projects and communities intending to become fully-fledged projects under the auspices of the ASF.
 - Welcome new podlings --
   - Gobblin: a distributed data integration framework that simplifies common aspects of Big Data integration such as data ingestion, replication, organization and lifecycle management for both streaming and batch data ecosystems.
   - MXNet: a Flexible and Efficient Library for deep learning.
   - Ratis: a Java implementation for RAFT consensus protocol.
 - Community Voting now underway for new Incubator logo

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on four continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield solid performance at 99.85% uptime

ApacheCon™ –Tomorrow's Technology Today.
 - North America/MIA overview: 15 May - BarCamp Apache | 16-18 May - ApacheCon Core (DevOps, Servers, Web Frameworks, etc.) + Apache: Big Data, CloudStack Collaboration Conference, FlexJS Summit, Apache: IoT, TomcatCon, and more
 - Travel Assistance applications close 8 March
 - Early registration and hotel incentives end 12 March | Apache Committers: register using your email + discount code to save even more.
 - Recordings from ApacheCon Europe 2016 are being uploaded at Feathercast

Apache Attic –provides process and solutions to make it clear when an Apache project has reached its end of life.
 - Apache Stratos retired

Apache Arrow™ –a columnar in-memory analytics layer designed to accelerate Big Data.
 - Apache Arrow 0.2.0 released

Apache Bahir™ –extensions to distributed analytic platforms such as Apache Spark.
 - Apache Bahir 2.1.0 released

Apache Commons™ Validator –provides the building blocks for both client side validation and server side data validation.
 - Apache Commons Validator 1.6 released

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

Apache Kafka™ –a distributed, fault tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging.
 - Apache Kafka released

Apache Lucene™ Solr –the popular, blazing-fast, open source enterprise search platform built on Apache Lucene.
 - Apache Solr Reference Guide for Solr 6.4 released

Apache Mynewt (incubating) –a community-driven module OS for constrained, embedded applications.
 - Apache Mynewt 1.0.0-b2-incubating released

Apache RocketMQ (incubating) –a fast, low latency, reliable, scalable, distributed, easy to use message-oriented middleware, especially for processing large amounts of streaming data.
 - Apache RocketMQ 4.0.0 incubating released

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that over the past week 7% of all Apache code contributions were made by someone new to the ASF?

 - Did you know that British Gas Connected Home manages its IoT data using Apache Cassandra, Kafka, and Spark?

 - Did you know that we'd love to hear how you #LoveApache? Feedback welcome!

Apache Community Notices:

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

 - Feedback from The Apache Software Foundation on the Free and Open Source Security Audit (FOSSA)

 - ASF Operations Summary - Q2 FY2017

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at

 - 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!

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

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos

 - Show your support for Apache with ASF-approved swag from and --all proceeds benefit the ASF! 

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