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Monday Jun 06, 2016

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

Trusted community recognized for accelerating Open Source innovation and advancing the future of open development.

Forest Hill, MD —6 June 2016— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of its annual report for its 2015-2016 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2016. Highlights include:

Open Source Leadership -- 

  • 21st anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server Project
  • 17th anniversary of The Apache Software Foundation
  • 175 committees managing 291 Top-level Projects (TLPs) and dozens of sub-projects
  • Millions of people worldwide access the ASF's two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts each day
  • Apache featured more than 400 times in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports

Innovation --

  • 20 new Apache Top-level Projects (TLPs)
  • Record 55 podlings undergoing development in the Apache Incubator, plus 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs
  • Apache Hadoop® ecosystem continues to dominate the Big Data marketplace
  • 743 repositories managed
  • 33% increase in signed Individual Contributor License Agreements (CLAs)
  • 3,425 ASF Committers and 5,922 Apache code contributors (21% increase) added nearly 20M lines of code; average 18,000 code commits per month
  • 315,533,038 Lines of code changed (65% increase)

Community --

  • 58 new individual ASF Members elected
  • Apache projects overseen by 2,000+ Project Management Committee (PMC) members
  • Launched new "Help Wanted" application to match volunteers with Apache projects and activities seeking assistance
  • Held hundreds of events globally, including ApacheCon Europe and North America, plus countless conferences, workshops, and regional MeetUps
  • Participated in the Google Summer of Code as a Mentoring Organization for 12 consecutive years

Operations --

  • Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project
  • Launched new home.apache.org and lists.apache.org services
  • Initiated experiment with Github to automate user management and group permissions for 5,000+ Apache users
  • Launched new ASF brand identity
  • Ongoing trademarks, brand management, and legal support for dozens of existing and new projects
  • Bolstered organizational backing, with 37 ASF Sponsors and 11 Infrastructure partners
  • The ASF exited FY 2015 with revenue at $996K, ahead of projected budget

The full report is available online at https://s.apache.org/Ccml

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Wednesday Jan 27, 2016

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Strong Momentum; Enters 2016 More Influential, Innovative, Efficient, and with a New Look

Forest Hill, MD –27 January 2016– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced continued momentum in Open Source innovation and leadership.

"We continue to see strong adoption of Apache software across diverse sectors and categories," said ASF President Ross Gardler. "Whether users are seeking Open Source solutions or not, Apache ranks as a top choice. Our brand strength, proven leadership, and community-driven process enable individuals and market competitors alike to collaborate in a trusted environment. This, in turn, furthers our mission of developing top quality software that is bolstered by vibrant, active communities."

From Abdera to Zookeeper, the ASF is home to dozens of ubiquitous, best-in-class software projects such as Cordova, Flex, Lucene/Solr, Maven, OpenOffice, Tomcat, and the flagship Apache HTTP Server.

Since its inception, the ASF has long been recognized as a leading source for Open Source network-server, network-client, and library tools that meet the demand for interoperable, adaptable, and sustainable solutions. Its reputation for producing reliable enterprise-grade software continues to grow dramatically across several categories, most notably Big Data, where Apache powerhouses such as Hadoop, Cassandra, Storm, and many others dominate the marketplace. According to Forrester Research, 100% of enterprises will embrace the Apache Hadoop ecosystem for data storage, processing, problem solving, and predictive analytics, particularly across Cloud environments.

Apache projects and categories that are experiencing widespread recognition include Ambari, Kafka, Mesos, and Spark --all winners of InfoWorld’s 2016 Technology of the Year award. In 2015, Apache products were featured more than 400 times in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports.

Projects and communities intending to become fully-fledged Apache projects do so through the Apache Incubator. This includes code donations from external organizations as well as established projects such as Groovy, which became an Apache Top-Level Project in November 2015,. There are 47 projects currently undergoing development in the Apache Incubator, 60% of which are in the Big Data category. In addition, there are 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs innovation "sandbox" for testing technical concepts.

Beginning with an inaugural membership of 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server, the ASF has grown to 588 individual members and 5,317 Committers collaborating across six continents. All development is done on a volunteer basis --some committers may be paid by their employers for their time and code contributions, but the ASF does not pay for software or project oversight. 

The private, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals. The ASF Sponsorship Program raises critical funds that helps offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, brand management and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff.

Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services. Each day, millions of people across the globe access the ASF’s two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts. A distributed team (comprising 10 rotating volunteers and 5 paid staff) on three continents keep Apache services running running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project.

"The ASF founders were both pragmatic and provident in establishing an operation that is rigorously cost-efficient," added Gardler. "It’s amazing that we’ve been able to scale 35,000% over 16 years with very limited resources."

The ASF also unveiled a new visual identity today, the result of more than a year of planning alongside a design collaborative led by Lisa Dae and Fran Lukesh, whose services were donated by HotWax Systems and Lucidworks respectively. 

OLD LOGO http://www.apache.org/images/asf_logo.gif

NEW LOGO https://www.apache.org/img/asf_logo.png

"We are proud to debut our new identity, which reflects the Foundation’s truly diverse nature," said Sally Khudairi, Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at the ASF. "The simplified logo and feather glyph pay homage to our legacy whilst reflecting our forward-focused energetic growth. We’re looking better than ever!"

The new identity will be unveiled in Brussels 30-31 January at the FOSDEM conference, with the brand roll out continuing across Apache projects and activities throughout the year.

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 550 individual Members and 5,300 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ or follow @TheASF on Twitter.

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Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Annual Report for 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

Open Source Leadership Grows with Accelerated Innovation and Adoption of Apache Projects

Forest Hill, MD —2 June 2015— The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of its annual report for its 2014-2015 fiscal year, which ended 30 April 2015.

Momentum continues to accelerate under the Apache umbrella, including:

Open Source Leadership --

  • 20th anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server Project
  • 15th anniversary of The Apache Software Foundation
  • More than 16,000 code commits per month
  • 831 Individual Contributor License Agreements (CLA), 58 Corporate CLAs, and 41 Software Grants signed 

Innovation --

  • More than 350 Projects in development
  • 17 new Apache Top-level Projects (TLPs)
  • 41 podlings in the Apache Incubator
  • Facilitated contribution with 317 Git and 296 Subversion repositories 

Community --

  • ASF Membership exceeded 600 individuals
  • 163 TLPs overseen by more than 2,000 Project Management Committee (PMC) members
  • Held hundreds of events globally, including ApacheCon Europe and North America, as well as countless conferences, workshops, and regional MeetUps
  • Mentored hundreds of students in "The Apache Way" of software development for the 11th consecutive year through the Google Summer of Code

Operations --

  • Bolstered Infrastructure, with 99.57% total uptime across all Apache services
  • Launched new "Powered by Apache" graphics and revised apache.org look-and-feel
  • Provided trademarks, brand management, and legal support for dozens of existing and new projects
  • Rise in corporate support, with 39 Sponsors
  • The ASF exited FY 2014 with revenue at $996K, ahead of projected budget

The full report is available online at http://s.apache.org/ZVp

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Friday Apr 17, 2015

At ApacheCon, Austin Mayor Steve Adler Recognized the ASF's 15th Anniversary by Proclaiming 13-16 April 2015 "Apache Software Foundation Days"

At the opening session of ApacheCon, Apache Software Foundation (ASF) President Ross Gardler read a proclamation from City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler that recognized the all-volunteer ASF for its leadership in developing, stewarding, and incubating more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives over the past 15 years: 13-16 April 2015 have been designated "Apache Software Foundation Days".

Now in its 16th year, ApacheCon, the official conference for the ASF, attracted nearly 500 attendees from the global Apache community. Event highlights included thought provoking keynotes by Brian Behlendorf, Chip Childers, Gina Likins, Mike Maxey, Jay Schmelzer, and Andy Terrel (videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheApacheFoundation); more than 120 in-depth sessions across sixteen tracks that include Big Data, Business, Cloud, Containers, Content, Integration, Mobile, OFBiz/Open Source ERP, Science, and Security; the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Apache HTTP Web Server (featuring some of the original members of the Apache Group https://www.flickr.com/photos/rbowen/16943016807/ ); BarCamp Apache, numerous Hackathons, MeetUps, and Birds of a Feather sessions; Lightning Talks; PGP Key Signing; and Women of ASF Luncheon. Co-located events focused on specific Apache projects included CloudStack Days, Ignite Training Session, Spark Forum, and Traffic Server Summit. Presentation slides, images, and conference recap are available at http://s.apache.org/Edx

The ASF continues its outreach to local communities with the upcoming ApacheCon Europe, taking place 28 September-1 October 2015 in Budapest, and ApacheCon North America 2016 in Vancouver. For more information, visit http://apachecon.com/

"Apache Software Foundation Days" Proclamation by Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Friday Dec 19, 2014

ASF publishes long-overdue Code Of Conduct

tl;dr: The ASF has published a Code of Conduct

We pride ourselves at The Apache Software Foundation on our principles of "community over code" and "don't be a jerk". But, alas, we've been slow to codify some of these things in public. Part of this, I'm sure, is that it’s easy to think we all just know how we're supposed to treat people, and so you shouldn't have to say, right?

But, of course, you do have to say. In part because some people don't know. And in part because it’s important that we communicate our values to the people in our community, and to people who might be considering joining our community. There has been a recent push in tech circles to include a Code of Conduct at events, conferences, etc. (Ashe Dryden maintains an introductory resource for learning more about how Codes of Conduct can help.) Increasingly, open source projects are adopting a Code of Conduct too, and we think this is a good idea that could help improve open source as a whole.

At ApacheCon, I was approached by Joan Touzet, an active member of the Apache CouchDB community, who had noted that we referenced a Code of Conduct on the main ASF website, but that no such document actually existed anywhere on our site. CouchDB has devoted a lot of time over the last few months crafting their Code of Conduct. It addresses everything from what's acceptable on the mailing lists, to how to report it if someone isn’t upholding community standards. This seemed like a great starting point, and so the ASF has adopted this as our initial Code of Conduct, with minor edits that remove the CouchDB-specific language. (It is my understanding that the CouchDB community now intends to use the Foundation level Code of Conduct, and will work with us to bring additional improvements to it.) 

No doubt, we'll get criticism for being so slow to do this, and we accept that. But it's never too late to take steps in the right direction, and we feel that this is an important one. Not just for the ASF, but for all open source projects and organisations.

You are encouraged to join the conversation on the Community Development mailing list. Whether you have changes you'd like to see in that document, or whether you'd like to discuss any other aspect of the Apache community. Any sort of community discussion topic is welcome. For example, Noah Slater, also from the CouchDB community, brought up the subject of punitive measures for infractions, which is an important but difficult issue. We'd love to hear your perspective on this, and help us continue to move in the right direction.

--Rich Bowen, Executive Vice President

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Open Source Innovation and Community Leadership

Apache has been at the forefront of dozens of today's industry-defining technologies and tools; nearly every end-user computing device has been touched by at least one Apache product.

Budapest, Hungary –19 November– At ApacheCon Europe, members of the Apache community commemorated The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)'s fifteenth anniversary and congratulated the people, projects, initiatives, and organizations that played a role in its success.

Recognized as the leader in community-led Open Source software development, the ASF was established to shepherd, develop, and incubate Open Source innovations "The Apache Way". Reflections on achievements over the past 15 years include:

Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide. Apache projects power mission-critical applications in financial services, aerospace, publishing, big data, Cloud computing, mobile, government, healthcare, research, infrastructure, development frameworks, foundational libraries, and many other categories. Beginning with the Apache HTTP Server —the world's most popular Web server— Apache software has been at the forefront of dozens of today's industry-defining technologies and tools, playing an integral role in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones.

Apache software is so ubiquitous that 50% of the top 10 downloaded Open Source products are Apache projects. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2 has become an industry standard within the Open Source world. The Apache License and open development model are widely recognized as among the best ways to ensure open standards gain traction and adoption. The ASF offers a vendor-neutral space in which to collaborate whilst enabling third parties to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model. To date, hundreds of thousands of software solutions have been distributed under the Apache License.

Amazingly, this is achieved by an all-volunteer community comprising 505 individual Members and 4,081 Apache Committers collaborating across six continents. The ASF's day-to-day operating expenses are offset by the generous sponsorship of individual donors and corporate sponsors including Citrix, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

"ASF @ 15" Timeline and Highlights follow. Visit http://apache.org/ and @TheASF on Twitter for more information.

Highlights: pre-1999
Brian Behlendorf started collecting patches to be applied to the last version of the NCSA http server. The Apache Group, consisting of 8 individuals, traded patches on a mailing list set up for the purpose. In April of 1995 the first public release of Apache (version 0.6.2) came out. Apache 1.0 released on December 1, 1995, and within a year surpassed NCSA as the most-used Web server.

Highlights: 1999
The ASF formally incorporates as a Delaware-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation from The Apache Group on 1 June. Original directors are: Brian Behlendorf (President), Ken Coar (VP Conferences), Roy T. Fielding (Chairman), Ben Hyde (VP Apache HTTP Server Project), Jim Jagielski (Secretary and EVP), Ben Laurie, Sameer Parekh, Randy Terbush (Treasurer), and Dirk-Willem van Gulik. New Apache Jakarta and XML Projects join the Apache HTTP Server Project. Board Committees on ASF Conferences, Licenses, and Security are formed. Discussions about ASF's role as an Open Source incubator address fostering new technologies such as Cocoon. The ASF receives numerous industry awards, including the ACM Software System Award, the Datamation Product of the Year, and LinuxWorld Editor's Award. ASF is listed in the Industry Standard's "100 Companies That Matter" and included in the ServerWatch Hall of Fame.

Highlights: 2000
Perl-Apache Project, as well as Apache PHP, Apache/TCL Project, and Apache Portable Runtime Project are established. Apache Struts, Batik, FOP, and Ant undergo "incubation". The ASF draws record attendance at the second ApacheCon in Orlando (the first-ever conference was held in San Francisco in 1998), and launches its first European event in London later that year.

Highlights: 2001
Apache Avalon, Commons, and Jetspeed/Portals undergo "incubation". Work begins on next version of the Apache License. The fourth ApacheCon is held in Santa Clara, where the ASF maxim of "Community Over Code" is widespread and collaborators meet in person for the very first time. The ASF receives the Internet Service Providers Association's Internet Industry Awards for "Best Software Supplier" Apache XML's Xalan-Java 1.2.2 is a finalist in the Best Java-XML Application category in the JavaWorld Editors' Choice Awards.

Highlights: 2002
Participation in The ASF booms; its process for community and collaborative development becomes known as "the Apache Way". New Board is formed: Greg Stein elected Chairman, Dirk-Willem van Gulik as President, Randy Terbush as Treasurer (later replaced that year by Chuck Murko), and Jim Jagielski as Executive Vice President/Secretary. Apache Jakarta launches sub-project BSF; the Apache Incubator Project is born: new projects include Apache Ant, Avalon, DB, Forrest, HC, POI, and TCL. Apache HTTP Server and Portable Runtime Project Management Committees are reestablished. New Board Committees on Infrastructure as well as Fundraising are formed. The ASF participates in the Java Community Process. The fifth ApacheCon takes place in Las Vegas. The first community-driven Apache Cocoon GetTogether is held.

Highlights: 2003
"Web 2.0" comes to the ASF; the Apache Web Services Project is formed. New projects in the Apache Incubator include Directory, Geronimo, Gump, James, Logging Services, Maven, Pluto, SpamAssassin, Tapestry, and XML Beans. Perl-Apache Project is renamed to the Apache Perl Project, and Cocoon becomes a Top Level Project. The sixth ApacheCon is held in Las Vegas, featuring an expo exchange with COMDEX. The Apache HTTP Server wins Best Server Software by Linux Format; Apache Ant wins Software Development Magazine Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Award, the Java Pro Readers' Choice Award for Most Valuable Java Deployment Technology, as well as the JavaWorld Editors' Choice Award for "Most Useful Java Community-Developed Technology". JavaWorld also awards Apache Xerces-J Editors' Choice for "Best Java XML Tool". SpamAssassin wins the OSDir Editor's Choice Award. The Apache License v.1.2 is released; all products of the Foundation are required to be released under the new license.

Highlights: 2004
ASF Board members are re-elected: Greg Stein as Chairman, Dirk-Willem van Gulik as President, Chuck Murko as Treasurer, and Jim Jagielski as Executive Vice President/Secretary. The stable Apache License v.2.0 is released, and the ASF Contributor License Agreement (CLA) is expanded to accommodate corporate donations. New Apache projects in the Incubator include Beehive, Excalibur, Forrest, Gump, Hivemind, iBatis, Lenya, myFaces, Portals, SpamAssassin, Struts, wsrp4J (Portals sub-project), Xalan, XMLBeans, and XML Graphics. The Apache Commons project is terminated, as well as the Project Management Committee for Avalon. A New Public Relations Committee is established, and The ASF issues a formal response regarding alleged JBoss IP infringement in Geronimo. The PHP project amicably separates from The ASF, granting all rights and responsibilities pertaining to its codebases to the PHP Group. ApacheCon returns to Las Vegas for its seventh conference. Apache Ant wins the Java Developer's Journal "Editors' Choice Award".

Highlights: 2005
The ASF continues to be the community of choice to spearhead new innovations through its Incubator. Numerous projects in development include activeMQ, Apollo, Bridges, Continuum, Derby, Directory, Felix, Harmony, Roller, stdcxx, Synapse, and Xerces; Apache Lucene graduates as a Top Level Project. ApacheCon returns to Europe with the eighth conference held in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by ApacheCon US in San Diego. Tomcat receives the SD Software Development Readers' Choice Awards for "Best Open Source Tool"; Software Development Magazine's JOLT! Awards recognize Apache Jakarta and Tomcat.

Highlights: 2006
A new Board of Directors is elected: Greg Stein and Jim Jagielski are re-elected as Chairman and Executive Vice President/Secretary respectively; Sander Striker joins the Board as President, and Justin Erenkrantz is elected Treasurer. The Incubator matures, with new projects created to meet growing industry interest in Open Source solutions for enterprise resource planning and manage related business processes. Projects undergoing incubation are Abdera, Archiva, Cayenne, CXF, Hadoop, Harmony, HiveMind, Jackrabbit, MINA, ODE, OfBIZ, Open JPA, Open EJB, Qpid, Santuario, Shale, Tapestry, Tiles, and Velocity; Apache Cayenne, OFBiz, and Tiles graduate to become Top Level Projects later that year. The Apache Security Team is re-established, a new Testing project is established to oversee the creation of software related to the domain of software testing; in addition, and the ASF launches new Innovation Laboratories for the experimentation of new ideas without Project bylaws or community building requirements. The ASF hosts its tenth ApacheCon in Dublin, Ireland, followed by ApacheCon US in Austin, and launches ApacheCon Asia in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Foundation establishes the Sponsorship program to help offset day-to-day operating expenses; donations are accepted by both individual and corporate contributors. SpamAssassin wins the Linux New Media Award, and Tapestry was awarded Sun's annual Duke's Choice Award for outstanding Java product innovation.

Highlights: 2007
The breadth and capability of The ASF is reflected in the largest changeover its Board members since its incorporation: Jim Jagielski is elected Chairman, Justin Erenkrantz as President, J. Aaron Farr as Treasurer, and Sam Ruby as Executive Vice President/Secretary. New projects continue to germinate, including Buildr, Camel, C++ Standard Library, Pig, Quetzalcoatl, ServiceMix, Synapse, and Tiles entering the Incubator; Apache ActiveMQ, Commons (Jakarta), Felix, HttpComponents, ODE, OpenEJB, OpenJPA, POI, Quetzalcoatl, Roller, ServiceMix, Turbine, and Wicket graduate as Top Level Projects. The ASF establishes a Legal Affairs Committee to manage legal policies, as well as a Travel Assistance Committee to provide financial support to select individuals otherwise unable to attend ApacheCon. The twelfth ApacheCon is successfully held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by ApacheCon US in Atlanta.

Highlights: 2008
The ASF re-elects Jim Jagielski, Justin Erenkrantz, and Sam Ruby to the Board as Chairman, President, and Secretary respectively; Sander Striker is elected Executive Vice President, and J. Aaron Farr is Treasurer. HBase, Hive, and Zookeeper enter the Incubator; Apache Abdera, Archiva, Buildr, Continuum, CouchDB, CXF, Hadoop, Qpid, and Tuscany become Top Level Projects. The Apache Attic is established to retire ASF projects that have reached their end of life through a scalable process. Apache user gatherings continue to gain popularity, with events hosted by projects that include Cocoon, Derby, Forrest, Hadoop, Jakarta, OfBIZ, Pig, Wicket, among others. The fourteenth ApacheCon is held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, followed by ApacheCon US in New Orleans, where sixty members of the community participate in voluntourism efforts to help rebuild the City still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. ApacheCon US also marks the expansion of ASF-wide developer and user community events to include "unconferences" such as BarCamps, GetTogethers, Symposia, and the first ASF Meet Up in Beijing. Apache tops the Software Development Times 100 list of Industry Influencers for the third year running in the category of Application Servers, The ASF wins its third Member of the Year prize awarded by the Java Community Process Program Management Office, Apache SpamAssassin won the InfoWorld "Best Of Open Source Software" BOSSIE Award, Apache Directory Studio finishes as runner-up for the Eclipse Community Award's Best Open Source RCP Application, and barely six months under incubation, Sling wins the JAX Innovation Award.

Highlights: 2009
The ASF announces Ten Years of Apache; celebrates a decade of innovation in Open Source software and community development. Nearly 300 ASF Members collaborate successfully with more than 2,000 Committers; 68 Top Level Projects, 35 initiatives in the Incubator, and 23 Labs concepts are currently active at the Foundation. ApacheCon Europe 2009 was held 23-27 March in Amsterdam, with the Hackathon (face-to-face Apache project-related collaboration/development with ASF Members and Committers) open to the public and including another BarCamp. 10th Anniversary celebrations continued at ApacheCon US 2009, in Oakland 2-6 November, where both the Governor of California and the Mayor of Oakland congratulated Apache on its success and named 4 November "Apache Software Foundation Day".

Highlights: 2010
The ASF hits its millionth code commit with a revision milestone today with a commit by ASF Member Yonik Seeley on behalf of the Apache Lucene Project. Apache Aries, Avro, Cassandra, Click, ESME, HBase, Hive, jUDDI, Karaf, Mahout, Nutch, OODT, Pig, Pivot, Shindig, Shiro, Subversion, Thrift, Tika, Traffic Server, UIMA, ZooKeeper become Top-level Projects. Alois, Amber, Bean Validation, Celix, Chukwa, Deltacloud, Gora, Isis, Jena, Kitty, Lucy, ManifoldCF, Mesos, NPanday, Nuvem, OODT, OpenNLP, SIS, Stanbol, Wave, Whirr, and Zeta Components entered the Apache Incubator. Milestone project releases include Cassandra 0.6, Cayenne 3.0, FOP 1.0, Maven 3.0, SpamAssassin 3.3.0, and Tomcat 7.0. Apache Excalibur, iBatis, Quetzalcoatl, and WSIF Projects were retired to the Attic. The ASF launches "Apache Extras" (hosted by Google) to provide a "home-away-from-home" for code associated with Apache projects. The ASF issued Public Statements about Apache Harmony as well as Oracle's decision on the Java SE Technology Compatibility Kit's Field Of Use, and resigns from the Java Community Process Executive Committee. Shane Curcuru, Doug Cutting, Bertrand Delacretaz, Roy T. Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Sam Ruby, Noirin Shirley, Greg Stein, and Henri Yandell have been elected to serve on the ASF Board of Directors; Geir Magnusson, Jr., is named as replacement for Henri Yandell. ASF Director Greg Stein awarded O'Reilly Open Source Award at OSCON. New role of Executive Assistant has been created and staffed. 30 new ASF Members were elected this year. ASF Platinum Sponsors are Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; IBM joins Gold Sponsor Hewlett-Packard; Silver Sponsors are Cloudera, Progress Software and Springsource/VMWare, and Bronze Sponsors are BlueNog, Intuit, Joost, and Matt Mullenweg. ApacheCon North America took place in Atlanta, Georgia. BarCampApache in Sydney, Australia, was the first ASF-backed event to take place in the Southern Hemisphere.

Highlights: 2011
Apache ACE, Chemistry, Deltacloud, JMeter, Libcloud, River, Whirr became Top-level Projects. More projects than ever submitted to become part of the Apache community: Accumulo, Airavata, Ambari, Any23, AWF, Bigtop, Bloodhound, Cordova, DeltaSpike, DirectMemory, EasyAnt, Flex, Flume, Giraph, HCatalog, Kafka, Kalumet, Lucene.Net, MRUnit, ODF Toolkit, OGNL, Oozie,   OpenMeetings, OpenOffice, Rave, S4, and Sqoop entered the Incubator. Apache Alois retired from the Incubator. Apache Harmony, Jakarta, and Xindice moved to the Attic. Milestone project releases include Cassandra 0.7 and 1.0, Geronimo v3.0-beta-1, Pivot 2.0, Subversion 1.7.0, Tika 1.0, and Turbine 4.0-M1. Apache TomEE is certified as Java EE 6 Web Profile Compatible. Apache UIMA and Hadoop advance data intelligence and semantic capabilities of Watson, IBM's "Smartest Machine on Earth" demonstrated in first-ever man vs. machine competition on Jeopardy! quiz show. Apache Hadoop wins MediaGuardian’s "Innovator of the Year" award. The ASF accepted to become an Affiliate at the Open Source Initiative. New Executive Committee is appointed: Doug Cutting as Chair, Greg Stein as Vice Chair, Jim Jagielski as President, Noirin Plunkett as Executive Vice President, Sam Ruby as Vice President - Infrastructure, Craig L Russell as Secretary, Sam Ruby as Assistant Secretary, and Geir Magnusson, Jr., as Treasurer. The ASF is subpoenaed by the United Stated District Court to produce documents in Oracle America vs. Google related to the use of Apache Harmony code in the Android software platform, and the unsuccessful attempt by Apache to secure an acceptable license to the Java SE Technology Compatibility Kit. The ASF issues statement on Apache OpenOffice.org (the first mature, end-user-facing Apache project) and Open Letter to the Open Document Format Ecosystem clarifying that its code base was not pursued by the ASF prior to its acceptance into the Apache Incubator, and articulating the project’s vision within the wider Open Document Format ecosystem. 42 new ASF Members were elected, bringing the active membership to 370 individuals and 2,663 Apache Commiters world-wide. ASF Platinum Sponsors are Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; AMD, Facebook, and Hortonworks join Gold Sponsors Hewlett-Packard and IBM; PSW Group joins Silver Sponsors Cloudera, Progress Software and Springsource/VMWare; and Liip AG, Lucid Imagination, Talend, and WANdisco join Bronze Sponsors BlueNog, Intuit, Joost, and Matt Mullenweg. ApacheCon North America took place in Vancouver, Canada, marking the 25th event in the conference series.

Highlights: 2012
The ASF celebrated the 17th Anniversary of the Apache HTTP Server with the release of v2.4; the project maintains its standing as the world's most popular Web server, powering nearly 400 million sites. The Apache Incubator continues to gain momentum, with 85 podlings graduating over the past decade. Apache Accumulo, Airavata, Any23, Bigtop, BVal, Cordova, Creadur, DirectMemory, Empire-db, Flex, Flume, Giraph, Gora, Hama, ISIS, Jena, Kafka, Lucene.Net, Lucy, ManifoldCF, MRUnit, Oozie, OpenNLP, OpenOffice, Rave, SIS, Sqoop, Stanbol, Steve, Syncope, VCL, Wink, Wookie become Top-level Projects. Allura, Blur, CloudStack, Crunch, cTAKES, DeviceMap, Drill, Hadoop Development Tools, Helix, Marmotta, Ripple, Streams, and Syncope entered the Incbuator. Apache AWF, HISE, Kato, Kitty, and PhotArk retired from the Incubator. Milestone project releases include Deltacloud 1.0, Hadoop 1.0, Nutch 2.0, TomEE 1.0, Traffic Server 3.2, and Wicket 6.0. New Executive Committee is appointed: Doug Cutting as Chair, Greg Stein as Vice Chair, Jim Jagielski as President, Ross Gardler as Executive Vice President, Craig L Russell as Secretary, Chris Mattmann as Treasurer, and Sam Ruby as Assistant Secretary. ASF Officers that now serve at the direction of the President are: Vice President, Brand Management; Vice President, Fundraising; Vice President, Marketing and Publicity; and Vice President, Conference Planning. The office of Vice President, Java Community Process is dissolved. 46 new ASF Members were elected this year. Citrix became an ASF Sponsor, joining Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! at the Platinum level; AMD, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, and Matt Mullenweg at the Gold level; GoDaddy, Huawei, and In Motion Hosting joined Basis Technology, Cloudera, PSW GROUP, SpringSource, and WANdisco at the Silver level; and Intuit and Twitter joined BlueNog, Digital Primates, Intuit, Joost, Liip AG SA Ltd, Lucid Imagination, Talend, and Two Sigma Investments at the Bronze level. The ASF returned to Europe with the ApacheCon Europe Community Edition in Sinsheim, Germany, underwritten and hosted by SAP.

Highlights: 2013
Apache Ambari, Bloodhound, Chukwa, Clerezza, CloudStack, Crunch, cTAKES, Curator, DeltaSpike, Etch, Helix, jclouds, JSPWiki, Marmotta, Mesos, Oltu, Onami, OpenMeetings, graduate as Top-level Projects. Aurora, BatchEE, Curator, Falcon, jclouds, Knox, log4cxx2, MetaModel, MRQL, Olingo, Open Climate Workbench, Phoenix, Provisionr, Samza, Sentry, Sirona, Spark, Storm, Stratos, Tajo, Tez, Twill, Usergrid entered the Apache Incubator. Apache Provisionr retired from the Incubator. Milestone project releases include Cassandra 1.2 and 2.0, OpenOffice 4.0, and Subversion 1.8.0. Apache Struts 1 announces End-Of-Life, and recommends Struts 2 as successor. Apache C++ Standard Library (STDCXX), ESME, and XMLBeans moved to the Attic. The ASF issues a statement on Oracle's Technology Compatibility Kit License. Shane Curcuru, Doug Cutting, Bertrand Delacretaz, Roy Fielding, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, Sam Ruby, and Greg Stein were elected to the ASF Board of Directors. The office of Vice President, Conference Planning, was dissolved; committee was renamed to Events Planning. 36 new ASF Members were elected, bringing the active membership to 468 individuals. ASF Sponsors are Citrix, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! at the Platinum level; AMD, Hortonworks, HP, IBM, and Matt Mullenweg at the Gold level; Basis Technology, Cloudera, GoDaddy, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, PSW GROUP, SpringSource, and WANdisco at the Silver level; and BlueNog, Digital Primates, Intuit, Joost, Liip AG SA Ltd, Lucid Imagination, Talend, Twitter, and Two Sigma Investments at the Bronze level. Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) committed to become the provider of Apache server hosting and bandwidth in Europe. The ASF was accepted into the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) as a mentoring organization for the ninth consecutive year; hundreds of students have been mentored in "The Apache Way" under the guidance of the ASF Community Development Project, with many continuing to be long-term code committers on a variety of Apache projects, as well as some active program participants elected as ASF Members. ApacheCon North America took place in Portland, Oregon.

Highlights: 2014
The ASF exceeded 2 Million code commits: the two millionth revision was by ASF Member Daniel Kulp on behalf of the Apache CXF Project. The Apache HTTP Server remains the world's leading Web server: the Netcraft September Web Server Survey exceeded a billion Websites, stating "Apache truly dominates this market, with more than half of all active sites choosing to use Apache software". Interest in Apache's projects continued to boom, accelerating development and participation by 100% in four years: Apache Allura, Celix, Knox, Olingo, Open Climate Workbench, Phoenix, Spark, Storm, Stratos, Tajo, Tez, VXQuery became Top-level Projects. Argus, Brooklyn, Calcite, DataFu, Flink, HTrace, Ignite, Johnzon, Lens, Parquet, REEF, Slider, Tamaya, and Taverna entered the Apache Incubator. Milestone project releases included Cayenne 3.1, CloudStack 4.3, Log4j 2, SpamAssassin 3.4.0, and Spark 1.0. Apache Click was retired to the Attic. Apache OpenOffice reached a major adoption milestone with 100 million downloads. Apache TomEE won a Duke's Choice and Geek Choice Award; DeltaSpike, dubbed "the Swiss Army Knife of modern Java EE" won a Duke's Choice Award. The ASF Celebrated Document Freedom Day, with numerous Apache Projects supporting standards-based document accessibility and interoperability. Rich Bowen, Doug Cutting, Bertrand Delacretaz, Ross Gardler, Jim Jagielski, Chris Mattmann, Brett Porter, Sam Ruby, and Greg Stein were elected to the ASF Board of Directors. The ASF boasts 505 active Members and 4,081 Apache Committers. The ASF Infrastructure team continues to keep the ASF's multi-datacenter, multi-cloud deployment running 24x7x365 on multiple continents, distributing terabytes of artifacts per week and archiving more than 11 million Apache email messages. Apache's repositories changed greatly with the introduction of Git to the source code management system four years ago; since then the original Subversion repository had been decentralized and augmented with 268 Git repositories, and a robust GitHub presence with 564 different repositories. In addition, the Infrastructure team launched a new status service that provides extensive information about the health of the Apache infrastructure and activity within its projects, as well as a new code signing service for Java, Windows and Android applications for any Apache project to use to sign their releases. The ASF provided new "Powered by Apache" graphical assets for Apache projects, developers, and users to identify their affiliation with products and initiatives under the Apache umbrella. The ASF continues to flourish thanks to support from Platinum Sponsors Citrix, Facebook, Google, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; Gold Sponsors Cloudera, Comcast, HP, Hortonworks, and IBM; Silver Sponsors Budget Direct, Cerner, Huawei, InMotion Hosting, Pivotal, Produban, and WANdisco; and Bronze Sponsors Accor, Basis Technology, Bluehost, Cloudsoft Corporation, Samsung, Talend, and Twitter. The ASF decided to accept donations using Bitcoin, and received more than 90 transactions within 48 hours of opening its Bitcoin wallet. ApacheCon North America took place in Denver, Colorado, and ApacheCon Europe was held in Budapest, Hungary.

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Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

The ASF @ 15 -- Sponsorship and Stewardship

Part 2 of a 3-part series celebrating 15 years of community-led development at The Apache Software Foundation.

The mission of The Apache Software Foundation is to provide software for the public good. We do this by providing services and support for many like-minded software project communities of individuals. As the Foundation grows (more than 150 top-level projects, and over 4,000 committers) so do the demands for services and support.

The Foundation does not pay for software development within its projects, nor does it influence the technical direction projects wish to take. However, the Foundation does provide technical services such as version control, mailing lists, web sites, issue trackers (and much more), as well as legal services such as intellectual property and brand management. We also have core marketing services to assist projects. All this costs money; and the amount it costs increases with each project we take on and each new service projects require.

In order to meet these costs, the Foundation accepts sponsorship from companies and individuals. However, this sponsorship does not buy influence over either the Foundation or its projects. The only way to influence our projects is to get involved with the project community and deliver valuable contributions that earn you individual merit and thus influence in that project.

So why do companies sponsor the ASF?

We've asked a number of our sponsors why the Foundation is important to them. As you might expect, there are a wide range of answers, but one common theme occurs across all sponsors. It can be boiled down to being assured that downstream reuse of our software is both a legally and strategically sound decision. Without the Foundation these very valuable software projects would not exist, at least not in the same form.

The Foundation provides a neutral space for companies, which might compete in the marketplace, to collaborate freely on Open Source software. This neutrality is protected by the fierce independence of the Foundation as it drives towards its mission of producing software for the public good (as opposed to the good for some subset of the public).

Balancing the Foundation's need to raise funds to support its projects whilst ensuring our projects remain independent of  those sponsors is a difficult task. However, we are lucky enough to have a large roster of sponsors who are very happy to donate with "no strings attached". Without those sponsors the Foundation could not exist and we thank them for their generosity.

Of course, most of our sponsors also contribute directly to one or more of our projects through code, documentation, and community management. Without these non-cash contributions our Foundation would be nothing more than an empty shell.

What do we use Sponsorship Money for?

The cost of running the Foundation is kept low by our extensive use of volunteers, even at the foundational level. As with the software development within our projects, all of our strategic decision-making roles are filled by volunteers who do not receive any payment from the Foundation itself.  All of our Vice Presidents, Directors, and other titled roles are members of our project communities. The success of the Foundation is personally important to them and therefore they contribute to that success. Our meritocratic system recognizes such individuals and ensures that the Foundation is run both for and by our project communities.

We do, however, spend money in supporting our projects. Our largest expense category is infrastructure which accounts for 63% of our budget in 2014-15. We have a number of infrastructure contractors who work tirelessly around the globe (and thus the clock) to ensure our distributed project teams can get on with their work without having to worry about the services they depend upon.

Our second largest budget line, at 10%, is marketing where we have a contractor who ensures prompt and appropriate responses to all press enquiries. A further 10% is spent on general administration (legal and bank fees, insurances, executive assistant and similar). The only other category over 5% is brand management which ensures our project brands remain independent of any individual commercial interests through trademark registration and related activities.

Looking to the Future

As the number of projects in the Foundation continues to grow we are looking to the future of our core services. As stewards of some of the world’s most popular Open Source software, we must ensure that our projects will continue to receive the same level of support as they have done during the last 15 years. However, it is not just the number of projects that puts a strain on the Foundations resources. A growing range of tools and services are needed for an Open Source project to be successful.

With our current raft of sponsors we are in very good shape. With our ever growing contributors to our projects we know we have an excellent source of volunteers to keep both our projects and our Foundation moving. That said, with more money and more volunteers there is always more we can do. We invite you to take some time to review our sponsorship programs and ask yourself if your employer might be interested. If you are looking to volunteer your time to one of our projects then take a look at our community development website.

--Ross Gardler, President

Thursday Mar 24, 2011

Apache Hadoop Wins MediaGuardian "Innovator Of The Year" Award

Congratulations to the Apache Hadoop Project for winning the top prize at the 2011 MediaGuardian Innovation Awards in London!

Beating out nominess such as the iPad and WikiLeaks, judges of the fourth annual Media Guardian Innovation Awards (Megas) considered Apache Hadoop a "Swiss Army knife of the 21st Century" and a greater catalyst for innovation by "having the potential to completely change the face of media innovations across the globe."

ASF Chairman and original Hadoop creator Doug Cutting said, "it's great to see the continued recogntition for the technology and I am happy to accept the MediaGuardian Innovator of the Year award on behalf of this flourishing Apache community."

Kudos to all involved with the Apache Hadoop Project!

For more information on Apache Hadoop, visit http://hadoop.apache.org/
For more infomration on the Megas, please see http://www.guardian.co.uk/megas

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Tuesday Dec 14, 2010

The Apache Software Foundation Launches "Apache Extras" to Accelerate Innovation

Google-hosted site provides a “home-away-from-home” for code associated with Apache projects

Forest Hill, MD – 14 December 2010 – The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) today announced apache-extras.org, the Google-hosted site for code associated with Apache projects that are not part of the Foundation's more than eighty Top-level Projects and dozens of initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs.

"The Apache Software Foundation has a long history of software innovation through collaboration; the larger the pool of potential contributors the more innovation we see," said Ross Gardler, ASF Vice President of Community Development. "Apache Extras provides a home for Apache related software which is not formally a part of the ASF itself. Having these projects on a single hosting platform will help to further accelerate innovation involving Apache software."

Among the ASF's strengths are its well-established requirements relating to intellectual property management, license use, and community management. Apache-extras.org provides a home for projects that are unable to, or do not wish to, conform to those rules yet still want to signal their relationship to official Apache projects.

As projects on the new Google-hosted service will not be managed by The Apache Software Foundation, participants are allowed to use whatever license and project management process they desire. Apache-extras.org will provide a level of visibility for these projects that is unavailable on other code-hosting forges.

Existing Google Code projects related to Apache products can be easily migrated to the new apache-extras.org site, whilst those involved with new Apache-related projects can start quickly by filling out a simple form. The ASF Community Development team will work directly with Apache Extras to ensure innovation around Apache projects is accelerated.

Technical queries regarding the ASF's relationship with apache-extras.org can be directed to the ASF Community Development team at dev@community.apache.org. For information on migrating or setting up new projects, visit http://www.apache-extras.org

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)

Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty 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 300 individual Members and 2,500 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.

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Sally Khudairi
The Apache Software Foundation
+1 617 921 8656 

Wednesday Apr 28, 2010

Call for Participation: Technical Talks -- ApacheCon North America 2010


ApacheCon North America 2010
1-5 November 2010 -- Westin Peachtree in Atlanta

Technical Tracks: Call For Participation
All submissions must be received by Friday, 28 May 2010 at midnight Pacific Time.

The official conference, trainings, and expo of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) returns to Atlanta this November, with dozens of technical, business, and community-focused sessions at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Over the past decade, the ASF has gone from strength to strength, developing and shepherding nearly 150 Top-Level Projects and new initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs. This year's ApacheCon celebrates how Apache technologies have sparked creativity, challenged processes, streamlined development, improved collaboration, launched businesses, bolstered economies, and improved lives.

We are proud of our achievements and recognize that the global Apache community --both developers and users-- are responsible for the success and popularity of our products.

The ApacheCon Planning Team are soliciting 50-minute technical presentations for the next conference, which will focus on the theme “Servers, the Cloud, and Innovation”.

We are particularly interested in highly-relevant, professionally-directed presentations that demonstrate specific probrlems and real-world solutions. Part of the technical program has already been planned; we welcome proposals based on the following Apache Projects and related technical areas:

- Cassandra/NoSQL
- Content Technologies
- (Java) Enterprise Development
- Felix/OSGi
- Geronimo
- Hadoop + friends/Cloud Computing
- Lucene, Mahout + friends/Search
- Tomcat
- Tuscany

Submissions are open to anyone with relevant expertise: ASF affiliation is not required to present at, attend, or otherwise participate in ApacheCon.

Please keep in mind that whilst we encourage submissions that the highlight the use of specific Apache solutions, we are unable to accept marketing/commercially-oriented presentations.

Other proposals, such as panels, or those longer than 50 minutes in duration have been considered in the past. You are welcome to submit an alternate presentation, however, such sessions are accepted under exceptional circumstances. Please be as descriptive as possible, including names/bios of proposed panelists and any related details.

All accepted speakers (not co-presenters) qualify for general conference admission and a minimum of two nights lodging at the conference hotel. Additional hotel nights and travel assistance are possible, depending on the number of presentations given and type of assistance needed.

To submit a presentation proposal, please send an email to cfp AT apachecon DOT com containing the following information in plaintext (no attachments, please):

1. Your full name, title, and organization

2. Contact information, including your address

3. The name of your proposed session (keep your title simple and relevant to the topic)

4. The technical category of the intended presentation (Cassandra/NoSQL; Content Technologies; (Java) Enterprise Development; Felix/OSGi; Geronimo; Hadoop + friends/Cloud Computing; Lucene, Mahout + friends/Search; Tomcat; or Tuscany)

5. The classification for each presentation (Servers, Cloud, or Innovation) – some presentations may have more than one theme (e.g., a next-generation server can be classified both as "Servers" and "Innovation"

6. The intended audience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

7. A 75-200 word overview of your presentation

8. A 100-200-word speaker bio that includes prior conference speaking or related experience

9. Feedback or references (with contact information) on presentations given within the last three years

To be considered, proposals must be received by Friday, 28 May 2010 at midnight Pacific Time. Please email any questions regarding proposal submissions to cfp AT apachecon DOT com.

Technical Tracks Key Dates

23 April 2010: Call For Participation Open
28 May 2010: Call For Participation Closes
11 June 2010: Speaker Acceptance/Rejection Notification
1-5 November 2010: ApacheCon NA 2010

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

For the ApacheCon Planning team,
Sally Khudairi, Program Lead



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