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The Apache® Software Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Community-led Development "The Apache Way"
World's largest Open Source foundation provides $20B+ worth of software for the public good at 100% no cost; Apache software used in every Internet-connected country on the planet.
Wakefield, MA —26 March 2019— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today its 20th Anniversary, celebrating "The Apache Way" of community-driven development as the key to its success.
The world's largest Open Source foundation is home to dozens of freely-available (no cost), enterprise-grade Apache projects that serve as the backbone for some of the most visible and widely used applications. The ubiquity of Apache software is undeniable, with Apache projects managing exabytes of data, executing teraflops of operations, and storing billions of objects in virtually every industry. Apache software is an integral part of nearly every end user computing device, from laptops to tablets to phones.
"What started before the term 'Open Source' was coined has now grown to support hundreds of projects, thousands of contributors and millions of users," said Phil Steitz, Chairman of The Apache Software Foundation. "The Apache Way has shown itself to be incredibly resilient in the wake of the many changes in software and technology over the last twenty years. As the business and technology ecosystems around our projects have grown, our community-based open development model has evolved but remained true to the core principles established in the early days of the Foundation. We remain committed to the simple idea that open, community-led development produces great software and when you make that software freely available with no restrictions on how it can be used or integrated, the communities that develop it get stronger. The resulting virtuous cycle has been profoundly impactful on the software industry as a whole and on those of us who have had the good fortune of volunteering here. When we celebrate fifty years, I am sure that we will say the same thing."
Software for the Public Good
In 1999, 21 founders, including original members of the Apache Group (creators of the Apache HTTP Server; the World's most popular Web server since 1996) formed The Apache Software Foundation to provide software for the public good. The ASF's flagship project, the Apache HTTP Server, continues development under the auspices of the ASF, and has grown to serve more than 80 million Websites worldwide.
"The most successful revolutions are those birthed by Passion and Necessity. What keeps them going are Communities," said ASF co-founder Jim Jagielski. "Congratulations to the ASF and to everyone who has had a hand, large and small, in making it into who and what we are today."
The Apache Way
The open, community-driven process behind the development of the Apache HTTP Server formed the model adopted by future Apache projects as well as emulated by other Open Source foundations. Dubbed "The Apache Way", the principles underlying the ASF embrace:
- Earned Authority: all individuals are given the opportunity to participate, and their influence is based on publicly-earned merit – what they contribute to the community. Merit lies with the individual, does not expire, is not influenced by employment status or employer, and is non-transferable.
- Community of Peers: participation at the ASF is done through individuals, not organizations. Its flat structure dictates that the Apache community is respectful of each other, roles are equal, votes hold equal weight, and contributors are doing so on a volunteer basis (even if paid to work on Apache code).
- Open Communications: as a virtual organization, the ASF requires all communications be made online, via email. Most Apache lists are archived and publicly accessible to ensure asynchronous collaboration, as required by a globally-distributed community.
- Consensus Decision Making: Apache Projects are auto-governing with a heavy slant towards driving consensus to maintain momentum and productivity. Whilst total consensus is not possible to establish at all times, holding a vote or other coordination may be required to help remove any blocks with binding decisions.
- Responsible Oversight: the ASF governance model is based on trust and delegated oversight, with self-governing projects providing reports directly to the Board. Apache Committers help each other by making peer-reviewed commits, employing mandatory security measures, ensuring license compliance, and protecting the Apache brand and community at-large from abuse.
The ASF is strictly vendor neutral. No organization is able to gain special privileges or control a project's direction, irrespective of employing staff to work on Apache projects or sponsorship status.
The ASF Today
Behind the ASF is an all-volunteer community comprising 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers stewarding 200M+ lines of code that benefit billions of users worldwide.
Lauded as one of the industry's most influential communities, the ASF develops and incubates 350+ Open Source projects and initiatives that are made available to the public-at-large at 100% no cost. The ASF has become an invaluable resource for users and developers alike, drawing 35M page views per week across http://apache.org/ ; 9M+ source code downloads from Apache mirrors (excluding convenience binaries), and Web requests received from every Internet-connected country on the planet.
"Over the past two decades, few institutions have been as important for the advancement and growth of Open Source as The Apache Software Foundation," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. "By providing a neutral environment for developers from diverse backgrounds to work together, the ASF has played a pivotal role in the history of Open Source, and appears poised to continue in this role for the next decade."
The membership-based, not-for-profit charitable organization ensures that Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers by building diverse communities that develop and support software.
At the ASF, all software development and project leadership is executed entirely by volunteers. The ASF Board and officers are all volunteers. The ASF does not pay for development: thousands of committed individuals help make a difference to the lives of billions of people by ensuring that Apache software remains accessible to all.
The Apache maxim "Community Over Code" underscores that a healthy community is far more important than good code. In the event that the code would dematerialize, a strong community could rewrite it; however, if a community is unhealthy, the code will eventually fail as well.
The merit-driven "Contributor-Committer-Member" approach is the central governing process across the Apache ecosystem. The core Apache Group of 21 individuals grew with developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation. Some of these contributors were subsequently granted "Committer" status by the Membership, and provided access to: 1) commit (write) directly to the code repository, 2) vote on community-related decisions, and 3) propose an active user for Committership. Those Committers who demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members.
Powered by Apache
"The most popular Open Source software is Apache..."
— DZone "What Open Source Software Do You Use?"
Apache software is used in every Internet-connected country on the planet. Apache projects serve as the backbone for some of the world’s most visible and widely used applications in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Big Data, build management, Cloud Computing, content management, DevOps, IoT and Edge computing, mobile, servers, and Web frameworks, among many other categories. Examples of the breadth of applications that are "Powered by Apache" include:
- Panama Papers: library, search, and document management tools used in the 2.6TB Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation;
- US Federal Aviation Administration: system-wide information management to enable every airplane take off and land in US airspace;
- Netflix: data ingestion pipeline and stream processing 3 trillion events each day;
- Uber: handling 1M writes per second for 99.99% availability to users and drivers;
- Mobile app developers: unifying mobile application development across Blackberry, Android, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, and iOS operating systems;
- Facebook: processing requests at 300-petabyte data warehouse, connecting 2B+ active users;
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: accessing content across multi-mission, multi-instrument science data systems;
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility: managing 1B+ occurrence records for open access to data about all types of life on Earth;
- European Space Agency: powering new mission control system and next-generation simulators infrastructure;
- Adobe: powering I/O Runtime and the core of Experience Manager;
- IBM Watson: advancing data intelligence and semantics capabilities to win first-ever "Man vs. Machine" competition on Jeopardy!
- Boston Children's Hospital: linking phenotypic and genomic data for the Precision Link Biobank
- Target.com: driving $1B+ in revenue through Big Data optimization;
- AOL: ingesting 20TB+ of data per day;
- Minecraft: bundling libraries to modify the second most popular video game of all time;
- Novopay: serving as a transactional backbone to processes $80M+ each month;
- Formula 1, Audi, and Daimler: streaming data in vehicles in real time;
- Twitter: processing and analyzing more than a Zettabyte of raw data through 200B+ tweets annually;
- Pinterest: processing 800B+ daily events;
- Amazon Music: tuning recommendations for 16M+ subscribers;
- NASA: powering Big Earth and Ocean Science data analytics;
And, from Accumulo to Zipkin (incubating), more than six dozen Apache projects form the foundation of the $166B Big Data ecosystem.
Apache software 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.
Over the past two decades, 1,058,321,099 lines of Apache code were committed over 3,022,836 commits. The ASF codebase is conservatively valued at least $20B, using the COCOMO 2 model. All Apache software is released under the Apache License v2.0.
"If It Didn't Happen On-list...It Didn't Happen"
Since the ASF's founding, 351,067 authors sent 19,587,835 emails on 8,529,590 topics across 1,131 mailing lists.
The Apache Incubator is the entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation. All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects enter through the Incubator to: 1) ensure all donations are in accordance with the ASF legal standards; and 2) develop new communities that adhere to our guiding principles. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects.
Since the ASF's founding, 199 projects have successfully graduated from the Apache Incubator. Today, 52 projects are in development, applying The Apache Way to innovations in annotation, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, cryptography, data science, development environments, Edge and IoT, email; JavaEE, libraries, Machine Learning, serverless computing, and many more categories.
"Wow, is it 20 years already? Congratulations to the ASF! I've always been a big believer and advocate of Open Source, but when we founded the ASF 20 years ago I certainly didn't expect *this* level of growth and success," said ASF co-founder Lars Eilebrecht. "I'm very proud that the ASF - despite many challenges - has remained true to its core values and the Apache Way of Open Source development. The ASF has had a very big and positive impact on the overall IT industry, and I'm certain that the industry and the Internet would look very different today without the ASF's involvement in the rise of Open Source!"
Apache License v2.0
"Apache-style licensing may yield more adoption and money."
— Matt Asay, c|net
The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License v2.0 has become an Open Source industry standard. Its popularity has led to the rise in corporate contribution in Open Source, and is behind the launch of dozens of billion dollar companies, and is facilitating the adoption of some of the world's fastest-growing Open Source projects.
"I'd like to congratulate the Apache Software Foundation for growing and demonstrating a working model for open source development that has stood the test of time," said ASF co-founder Randy Terbush. "I am forever grateful for the opportunities that my participation in the ASF gave me and I am very proud of what the group has become."
- Apache Roadshow/Washington DC 25, March 2019
- Apache Roadshow/Chicago, 13-14 May 2019
- ApacheCon North America/Las Vegas, 9-12 September 2019
- ApacheCon Europe/Berlin, 22-24 October 2019
"My Apache journey started in the Apache HTTP core development team in 1995, fixing security issues and continues today as VP of Security," said ASF co-founder Mark Cox. "In the years between, Apache has inextricably intertwined my professional career and my personal life. I'm proud to be part of the ASF as we move past 20 years and look forward to a celebration (hopefully with cake) at ApacheCon in September."
"Happy Birthday, Apache Group!" echoed ASF co-founder Bill Stoddard.
The Apache Software Foundation plans to continue to innovate "The Apache Way" with new Open Source projects and communities for years to come. Donations to the ASF help keep Apache software available to everyone.
- "From our first contributions to The Apache Software Foundation in 2006 until today, the ASF has been teaching us and everyone how to do community driven Open Source. We thank the ASF, their communities and all who have been involved! Congratulations on 20 years of volunteer-led service, and the many accomplishments with code and community. We look forward to collaborating on the next 20." –Adrian Cockcroft, VP Cloud Strategy at AWS
- "The Apache Software Foundation and OSI both turned 20 recently. As two of the founding organizations of the Open Source community, they are fundamental to its growth and success. The Apache Way ensures all participants have equal representation and footing, and developers are valued based on their contributions' merits. Bloomberg developers first got involved as Open Source community collaborators and contributors seven years ago, and we've been involved with – and a sponsor of – the ASF almost this entire time, as it’s the home of dozens of projects that are incredibly important to us." –Kevin Fleming, Head of Open Source Community Engagement and Member of the CTO Office at Bloomberg
- "Congratulations to The Apache Software Foundation on 20 years of ground-breaking software development and Open Source community leadership. The ASF has provided value to Cerner for more than 15 years through innovative projects and rich communities. We can count on the ASF to be the source of high-quality, foundational software and to provide a collaborative community that makes it easy for our engineers to grow." –Nathan Beyer, VP & Chief Engineer at Cerner, and ASF Member
- "The Apache Software Foundation provides a fertile home for software communities. The Foundation’s unique approach has created many industry standards and will likely continue to do so for many more years. Apache projects are famous not just for great technology, but for their longevity and vendor-independence. Cloudera looks forward to continuing to collaborate with others at Apache for decades to come." –Doug Cutting, Chief Architect at Cloudera
- "Datadog is a proud sponsor of The Apache Software Foundation. What an amazing journey it's been, from a small group of developers working on httpd to a foundation that stewards some truly amazing Open Source projects. As a consumer and contributor to many of those projects, it's difficult to understate the impact they've had; not only on us but on the software industry as a whole. Congratulations on 20 years!" –Jeremy Garcia, Director of Technical Community and Open Source at Datadog
- "After twenty years of practicing Open Source law, I appreciate how critical The Apache Software Foundation has been to the success of the OSS ecosystem. I am honored to work with the Foundation and its members." –Mark Radcliffe, Partner at DLA Piper
- "We look forward to another 20 years of Open Source software with The Apache Software Foundation! We were excited to be one of the first corporate members in 2005, and even more excited to select the Apache license for Android in 2008. There's very few organizations that have shown the persistent dedication to Open Source the way that the ASF has and we're proud to be a part of it as a sponsor and to have so many of our engineers contributing to Apache projects." –Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source at Google
- "From an auspicious launch with the Apache HTTP Server to over 350 projects today, Apache continues to drive innovation in the industry and IBM is proud to have supported its founding. With dozens new projects coming to the ASF each year, from Artificial Intelligence to Deep Learning, Big Data, Cloud Computing, DevOps, IoT and Edge Computing, Mobile, Servers, and Web Frameworks, The Apache Software Foundation is an anchor for world-changing Open Source projects. We look forward to continued contributions and collaboration for many years to come." –Todd Moore, Vice President of Open Technology and Developer Advocacy at IBM
- "It's an honor and a privilege to help Apache, an organization so deeply ingrained in the history and growth of the Internet, fundraise online. Congratulations on 20 years, and cheers to the next 20!" –Alex Morse, CEO at Hopsie
- "Congratulations on ASF's 20th Anniversary! The mission of ASF is to provide software for the public good. Modern technology development is based on extensive collaboration. Our goal is to build the open ICT solution for global customers through collaboration with ecosystem partners. In the spirit of The Apache Way, Huawei actively participated in the ASF, contributed two, now Top-Level, projects: Apache CarbonData and Apache ServiceComb. We appreciate the community culture of ASF, and we thank ASF for making a healthy Open Source software ecosystem a reality." –Evan Xiao, VP of Strategy and Industry Development at Huawei Technologies
- "Leaseweb has been using Apache/ASF projects for a multitude of products and services over the last 20 years. The ASF is responsible for a mindboggling amount of Open Source projects that truly make up the fabric of the Internet. For Leaseweb, the ASF is in the core of many of our Cloud and Hosting platforms. Apart from helping out with our Platinum Sponsorship, Leaseweb would like to thank all developers and other volunteers in ASF and ASF projects for continuing to build software that makes the Internet what it is today. We’re looking forward to another 20 years of innovation, code, and community – and proud to be a small part of that." –Robert van der Meulen, Global Product Strategy Lead at Leaseweb
- "Twenty years ago the ASF's vendor neutral model of Open Source software development was central to the commercialization of the World Wide Web and has continued to accelerate innovation across the IT industry since then. At Microsoft we are committed to ensuring that Azure is the best cloud platform for our partners and customers. A key aspect of delivering on this goal is to contribute to the success of Open Source projects. The ASF's emphasis on vendor neutrality, is key to the success of many Open Source components used by both Microsoft and our partners. Happy Birthday to The Apache Software Foundation." –John Gossman, Lead Architect of Microsoft Azure
- "The Apache Software Foundation has provided stewardship for much of the modern Internet, from the Apache Web Server itself to cutting edge infrastructure and data science technologies such as Kafka and Hadoop. No-IP is built on Open Source software. It is important for us to support Open Source projects and the Apache Foundation has made it easy to give back. We look forward to the Foundation's future work and wise guidance and we are proud to be associated with it." –Dan Durrer, CEO and Owner of No-IP
- "PCCC.com joins the world in celebrating 20 years of Open Source Software from The Apache Software Foundation. Happy Birthday!" –Kevin A. McGrail, CEO Emeritus of Peregrine Computer Consultants Corporation
- "More than being Open Source, Apache values transparency and openness with their users, something PureVPN staunchly believes in, advocates, and follows. Supporting Apache gives us the opportunity to align ourselves with an amazing team of people that makes a difference in the lives of individuals on a daily basis." –Uzair Gadit, CEO at PureVPN
- "The Apache Software Foundation has been a great help in pushing the Open Source agenda to a wide range of individuals, communities, and vendors over the years. Their approach to meritocracy and community-driven development has helped to shape some world class Open Source projects which have gone on to help drive some world-class products and businesses. Keep it up and here's to the next 20 years!" –Mark Little, VP Engineering and CTO JBoss Middleware at Red Hat
- "Tencent Cloud is proud to be the first platinum sponsor of The Apache Software Foundation from China. In years of supporting with Open Source communities, we found Apache is one of the best places to drive great innovations for industry of AI, Big Data, Cloud Computing, DevOps, Edge Computing, IoT, etc. We would like to thank ASF for its outstanding contributions to Open Source world, and celebrate its 20th Anniversary of Open Source collaboration. Tencent Cloud will stand together with ASF and looks forward to long term contributions and collaborations." –Huixing Wang, Vice President of Tencent Cloud
- "The Apache Software Foundation is among the brightest beacons in the global Open Source movement. HotWax is proud to recognize the ASF for harnessing transparency and meritocracy to generate some of the highest quality and most widely used code in the world, for decades now! Happy 20th -- we are honored to be a part of the community." –Mike Bates, CEO, HotWax Systems
- "Contributing to The Apache Software Foundation projects continues to be part of our engineering strategy." –Gil Yehuda, Senior Director of Open Source at Verizon Media
== RESOURCES FOR EDITORS ==
- The Apache Way to Sustainable Open Source Success
- Briefing: The Apache Way
- Our Founders look back on 20 Years of the ASF!
- 20 Years of Open Source Innovation, The Apache Way
- Foundation Reports and Statements
- Video Promo: The ASF at 20
- Video Promo: ApacheCon
- Foundation Highlights 1999-2019
- ASF Press Kit (logos, creative assets)
- Social Media Hashtags: #Apache #ASF20 #TheApacheWay
- Twitter handle @TheASF
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 merit-based process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 7,000 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting billions 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, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Workday, and Verizon Media. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF
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Posted at 09:00AM Mar 26, 2019 by Sally in General | |
The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® HTTP Server v2.4.37
- Improved Speed —shorter handshake time for quicker connections;
- Enhanced Security —removed/deprecated less secure features for protection now and into the future; and
- Upgraded Efficiency —integrated state-of-the-art protocols such as TLS 1.3 with HTTP/2 for reduced overhead and added performance.
Posted at 02:02PM Oct 23, 2018 by Sally in General | |
The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Subversion® v1.10.0
- Numerous bug fixes
- Improved path-based authorization
- New interactive conflict resolver
- LZ4 compression support over the wire and backend storage
- Shelving (experimental)
Posted at 10:00AM Apr 16, 2018 by Sally in General | |
The Apache Software Foundation Announces Momentum With Apache® Hadoop® v2.8
Major release of the cornerstone of the Big Data ecosystem, from which dozens of Apache Big Data projects and countless industry solutions originate.
Forest Hill, MD —5 June 2017— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today momentum with Apache® Hadoop® v2.8, the latest version of the Open Source software framework for reliable, scalable, distributed computing.
Now ten years old, Apache Hadoop dominates the greater Big Data ecosystem as the flagship project and community amongst the ASF's more than three dozen projects in the category.
"Apache Hadoop 2.8 maintains the project's momentum in its stable release series," said Chris Douglas, Vice President of Apache Hadoop. "Our community of users, operators, testers, and developers continue to evolve the thriving Big Data ecosystem at the ASF. We're committed to sustaining the scalable, reliable, and secure platform our greater Hadoop community has built over the last decade."
Apache Hadoop supports processing and storage of extremely large data sets in a distributed computing environment. The project has been regularly lauded by industry analysts worldwide for driving market transformation. Forrester Research estimates that firms will spend US$800M in Hadoop software and related services in 2017. According to Zion Market Research, the global Hadoop market is expected to reach approximately US$87.14B by 2022, growing at a CAGR of around 50% between 2017 and 2022.
- Support for Microsoft Azure Data Lake as a source and destination of data. This benefits anyone deploying Hadoop in Microsoft's Azure Cloud. The Azure Data Lake service was actually developed for Hadoop and analytics workloads.
- The "S3A" client for working with data stored in Amazon S3 has been radically enhanced for scalability, performance, and security. The performance enhancements were driven by Apache Hive and Apache Spark benchmarks. In Hive TCP-DS benchmarks, Apache Hadoop is currently faster working with columnar data stored in S3 than Amazon EMR's closed-source connector. This shows the benefit of collaborative Open Source development.
- Several WebHDFS related enhancements include integrated CSRF prevention filter in WebHDFS, support OAuth2 in WebHDFS, disallow/allow snapshots via WebHDFS, and more.
- Integration with other applications has been improved with a separate jar for the hdfs-client than the hadoop-hdfs JAR with all the server side code. Downstream projects that access HDFS can depend on the hadoop-hdfs-client module to reduce the amount of transitive classpath dependencies.
- YARN NodeManager Resource Reconfiguration through RM Admin CLI for a live cluster that allows YARN clusters to have a more flexible resource model especially for a Cloud deployment.
In addition to physical Hadoop clusters, where the majority of storage and computation lies, Apache Hadoop is very popular within Cloud infrastructures. Contributions from Apache Hadoop's diverse community includes improvements provided by Cloud infrastructure vendors and large Hadoop-in-Cloud users. These improvements include: Azure and S3 storage and YARN reconfiguration in particular, improve Hadoop's deployment on and integration with Cloud Infrastructures. The improvements in Hadoop 2.8 enable Cloud-deployed clusters to be more dynamic in sizing, adapting to demand by scaling up and down.
"My colleagues and I are happy that tests of Apache Hive and Hadoop 2.8 show that we are able to provide a similar experience reading data in from S3 as Amazon EMR, with its closed-source fork/rewrite of S3," said Steve Loughran, member of the Apache Hadoop Project Management Committee.
Hailed as a "Swiss army knife of the 21st century" by the Media Guardian Innovation Awards and "the most important software you’ve never heard of…helped enable both Big Data and Cloud computing" by author Thomas Friedman, Apache Hadoop is used by an array of companies such as Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, foursquare, IBM, HP, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netflix, The New York Times, Rackspace, SAP, Tencent, Teradata, Tesla Motors, Uber, and Twitter. Yahoo, an early pioneer, hosts the world's largest known Hadoop production environment to date, spanning more than 38,000 nodes.
Catch Apache Hadoop in action at DataWorks Summit 13-15 June 2017 in San Jose, CA.
Availability and Oversight
Apache Hadoop 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 Hadoop, visit http://hadoop.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/hadoop
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 680 individual Members and 6,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Confluent, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, HP, Huawei, IBM, InMotion Hosting, iSigma, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, ODPi, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Produban, Red Hat, Serenata Flowers, Target, WANdisco, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF
© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Hadoop", "Apache Hadoop", 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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Posted at 11:00AM Jun 05, 2017 by Sally in General | |
Celebrating 17 Years of The Apache Software Foundation
- "A Patchy" Server?
Did you know that the name "Apache" was chosen from respect for the various Native American nations collectively referred to as Apache, well-known for their superior skills in warfare strategy and their inexhaustible endurance? It also makes a cute pun on "a patchy Web server" –a server made from a series of patches– but this was not its origin. The group of developers who released this new server software soon started to call themselves the "Apache Group". 21 years after its inception, the Apache HTTP Web Server remains the most popular Web server on the planet.
Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/faq.html#name
- Birth of a Foundation
Did you know that the ASF incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation in order to ensure that the Apache projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers? Individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to collaborative open-source software development, through sustained participation and contributions within the Foundation's projects, are eligible for membership in the ASF. The ASF is governed by the community it most directly serves –the people collaborating within its projects. Today the ASF develops, stewards, and incubates more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives; through its leadership, robust community, and meritocratic process known as the "Apache Way", the ASF has been hailed as one of the most successful influencers in Open Source.
Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/
- The Apache Feather
Did you know that the original Apache feather logo and first Website were developed by ASF co-founder Randy Terbush in his bedroom office in Lincoln, Nebraska? This was at the same time that Randy registered the apache.org domain (11 April 1995). He states: "As a group, having chosen the 'Apache' name, out of a genuine respect for Native American resourcefulness and in particular, Apache tribal structure … the feather being a sacred symbol to man tribes seemed like a natural fit. The colors represented to me this 'awakening' that we were experiencing with the advent of the WWW." In 2016 the ASF logo and feather were updated for the first time in history, while remaining true to the original ideal.
Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/press/kit/
- Expansive Growth
Did you know that the ASF has scaled 35,000% over 16 years with very limited resources? 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 5,427 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.
Learn more at http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
- Committers + Members
Did you know that the meritocratic "Contributor-Committer-Member" approach is the central governing process across the Apache ecosystem? Additions to the core Apache Group of 21 individuals grew with developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation. Some of these contributors were subsequently granted "Committer" status by the Membership, providing access to: 1) commit (write) directly to the code repository, 2) vote on community-related decisions, and 3) propose an active user for Committership. Those Committers that demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members.
Learn more at http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
- 300+ Projects and Counting
Did you know that 171 committees oversee 286 Apache projects, in addition to dozens of sub-projects and initiatives? 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. From Abdera to Zookeeper, the demand for ASF's reliable, enterprise-grade software continues to grow dramatically across several categories, most notably Big Data, where the Apache Hadoop ecosystem dominates the marketplace. In 2015, Apache products were featured more than 400 times in Gartner Magic Quadrant reports.
Learn more at https://projects.apache.org/
- "If it didn't happen on-list, it didn't happen."
Did you know that all official communications at the ASF is done via mailing lists? These "virtual meeting rooms" where conversations happen asynchronously, is a general requirement for groups that are so geographically distributed to cover all time zones (as is the case for nearly all Apache communities). Building upon the transparency-oriented culture of the Apache Group, whose collaboration took place on email lists, millions of messages are archived on 1,475 Apache publicly-accessible mailing lists, documenting the ASF's achievements over the past decade.
Learn more at http://www.apache.org/dev/contributors.html
- Project Oversight
Did you know that all Apache projects are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors? The ASF does not lead the technical direction of Apache projects: Project Management Committees (PMCs) guide a Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. The ASF Board appoints a Vice President (an officer of the corporation) to serve as the Chair of the PMC. The primary role of a PMC Chair is administrative, including providing quarterly reports to the board about the health and status of their project; a Chair's participation carries no additional weight or influence on a project, with one vote on project matters just like other PMC members.
Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/
- Incubating New Innovations
Did you know that 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 54 projects (known as "podlings") currently undergoing development in the Apache Incubator and 39 initiatives in the Apache Labs innovation "sandbox" for testing technical concepts. An exception is Apache Zest, which has the unique designation as the first project to enter the ASF as a pTLP –provisional Top-Level Project– without entering the Apache Incubator. As part of its eligibility, Apache Zest had to meet the rigorous requirements of the Apache Maturity Model, which addresses the integrity of a project's code, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, and independence, among other qualities (Apache Zest became an official ASF Top-Level Project in March 2015).
Learn more at http://incubator.apache.org/
- Level Playing Field
Did you know that Apache projects must be governed independently of commercial influence? As a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organization, the ASF and all Apache projects do not take sides, or endorse or support any particular vendor over other vendors. In addition, with the belief that competition is a good thing, the ASF does not discourage the development of "competing" products. The ASF's vendor-neutral collaborative environment enables third parties to pursue almost any for-profit or not-for-profit business model.
Learn more at http://community.apache.org/projectIndependence.html
- Global Footprint
Did you know the majority of the world's top-ranked Websites, from Google to Wikipedia to weibo.com, are powered by Apache? Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide, and can be found in nearly every end-user computing device, from laptops to tablets to mobile phones. 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, depend on Apache software. The commercially-friendly and permissive Apache License and open development model are widely recognized as among the best ways to ensure open standards gain traction and adoption. To date, hundreds of thousands of software solutions have been distributed under the Apache License, with Web requests from within every UN-recognized nation.
Learn more at http://apache.org/licenses/
- Meritocracy in Action
Did you know that the ASF averages 16,000 code commits each month? The ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code by countless contributors across the Open Source landscape. Apache Committers have the responsibility to the collective community to help create a product that will outlive the interest of any particular volunteer, and that the code committed should be clear enough that others not involved in its current development will be able to maintain and extend it. Additionally, Apache code Committers are responsible for helping to grow and maintain the health of the Apache community.
Learn more at https://projects.apache.org/releases.html
- Events and Face-to-Face Activities
Did you know that one of the best ways to learn about the technologies and projects at the ASF is to meet us in person? ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference series, brings developers and users together to explore key issues in building Open Source solutions "The Apache Way". The ASF believes in providing participants at all levels the chance to learn first-hand from the developers and experts behind our projects, software, and community, and offers travel assistance to select qualified candidates who would otherwise be unable to attend various ApacheCon events. In addition to ApacheCon, the Apache community at-large holds numerous events, including BarCamps, Hackathons, MeetUps, key signings, and more, in North America, Europe, and Asia. The next ApacheCon, along with Apache: Big Data, will take place 9-13 May 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. Join us!
Learn more at http://apachecon.com/
- Community Over Code
Did you know that the ASF's Community Development (ComDev) team helps newcomers learn about Apache projects, governance, and activities, and guides them in becoming part of the meritocratic, all-volunteer Apache community? "Community Over Code" is the cornerstone of the Foundation's core tenets, underscoring open collaboration amongst the ASF's 500+ Members and 5,000+ Committers through respectful, honest, technically-focused interaction. A key Apache community outreach channel is the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), where the ASF has served as a mentoring organization since the program's creation in 2005. Each year, the ASF mentors 30-45 GSoC students, providing exposure to real-world software and community development "The Apache Way". Countless GSoC students mentored by the Apache community continue to be long-term code committers on a variety of Apache projects, with some active program participants elected as Members of the ASF.
Learn more at http://community.apache.org/
- Help Wanted
Did you know that the newly-launched "Help Wanted" application can help match volunteers with various Apache projects and activities that are seeking assistance? Whilst this project is just getting started, the intent is to both improve the retention of eager new volunteers, as well as find ways to get some long-outstanding projects completed. Watch this space as we build the list: we look forward to your participation!
Learn more at http://helpwanted.apache.org/
Did you know that each day millions of people across the globe access the ASF's two dozen servers and 75 distinct hosts? The ASF's 3 continent-distributed Infrastructure team (comprising 10 rotating volunteers and 5 paid staff) keep Apache services running 24x7x365 at near 100% uptime on an annual budget of less than US$5,000 per project. As the ASF is a purely virtual organization, it does not have offices or buildings; its only physical existence is the technical infrastructure that enables it to operate.
Learn more at http://status.apache.org/
- Corporate Roles + Sponsorship
Did you know that as a United States private, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, the ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals? Approximately 75% of the ASF's US$1M annual budget is dedicated to running critical infrastructure support services. In addition to accepting donations via Bitcoin, PayPal, Amazon, and used car program, ASF Sponsorship 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. The ASF does not permit corporations to participate directly in Apache project management or related governance activities. As the ASF is vendor neutral, participation is limited to individuals, irrespective of affiliation or employment status.
Learn more at http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces 100 Million Downloads of Apache™ OpenOffice™
17 April 2014 --Forest Hill, MD-- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache OpenOffice™ has been downloaded 100 million times.
Apache OpenOffice is the leading Open Source office document productivity suite, available in 32 languages on Windows, OS X, and Linux. OpenOffice includes a word processor ("Writer"), a spreadsheet ("Calc"), a presentation editor ("Impress"), a vector graphics editor ("Draw"), a mathematical formula editor ("Math"), and a database management program ("Base"). As Open Source software, Apache OpenOffice is available to all users free of charge; the C++ source code is readily available for anyone who wishes to enhance the applications.
Originally created as "StarOffice" by StarDivision and after further development as an Open Source product under the name "OpenOffice.org", OpenOffice entered the Apache Incubator in 2011 and graduated as an Apache Top-level Project in October 2012.
"I'm extremely pleased to see us reach this major milestone in less than two years," said Andrea Pescetti, Vice President of Apache OpenOffice. "This is a testament to our community volunteers: the hundreds of talented individuals who make Apache OpenOffice what it is, who write the code, test for bugs, translate the user interface, write documentation, answer user questions and manage our servers. We remain committed to offering the successful combination of reliability and innovation that so many users appreciate."
Official downloads at openoffice.org are hosted by SourceForge, where users can also find repositories for more than 750 extensions and over 2,800 templates for OpenOffice.
"By continuously improving Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates sites we show how committed we are about providing projects with what they need most," said Gaurav Kuchhal, General Manager for Slashdot and SourceForge. "We are happy to help open source projects to grow, no matter where they are hosted or developed. We have been serving over 122 Million downloads for the Apache OpenOffice project, with daily peaks of about 250,000 and we are committed to providing products and services that demonstrate our dedication to technical excellence."
"Apache OpenOffice reaching 100 million downloads is a remarkable achievement in the project's 29-year history and testament to the power of successful Open Source communities," said Shane Curcuru, Apache OpenOffice mentor and ASF Vice President of Brand Management. "We extend our gratitude to all the volunteers and users whose contribution, feedback, support, engagement, and enthusiasm keeps us focused on delivering great software. We couldn't celebrate this milestone without them!"
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Release of Apache™ SpamAssassin™ 3.4.0
The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Airavata as a Top-Level Project
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Stanbol as a Top-Level Project
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Deltacloud™ v1.0
Open Source Cloud interoperability toolkit adds EC2 Compatibility frontend
Forest Hill, MD –1 August 2012– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Deltacloud™ v1.0.
Deltacloud provides several Web Service APIs for interacting with Cloud service providers and resources in a unified, interoperable manner. In addition, the project comprises many implementations for the most popular Clouds and provides client libraries for a wide variety of languages.
"The release of version 1.0 is a logical step in the evolution of the project," said David Lutterkort, Vice President of Apache Deltacloud. "The native Deltacloud API has reached a level of maturity that makes calling this release 1.0 very appropriate."
The Deltacloud server offers three different API frontends: a classic API, based on the API defined by the Deltacloud project itself; a frontend for the Cloud Infrastructure Management Interface standard under development by the Distributed Management Task Force; and now a frontend for the API used by Amazon's EC2.
"The EC2 frontend really just started as a 'let's see how hard this can be' prototype - we found that it was actually quite easy to add that additional API to Deltacloud. The Deltacloud codebase is very well suited to translating between cloud API's, making it possible for clients using one API to talk to clouds offering a completely different one," added Lutterkort. "Deltacloud makes it possible for clients to use the EC2 API against a VMWare vSphere installation or against OpenStack; similarly, it allows clients to use the CIMI API with Amazon's Web Services. It goes a long way towards avoiding lock-in on the cloud API level."
Availability and Oversight
Apache Deltacloud 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. Apache Deltacloud source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources are available at http://deltacloud.apache.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 400 individual Members and 3,500 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 a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, InMotion Hosting, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, WANdisco, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.
"Apache", "Deltacloud", "Apache Deltacloud", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Nutch™ v2.0
Under development for nearly two years, Nutch v2.0 covers many use cases, from small crawls on a single machine to running large scale deployments on Hadoop clusters. "Importantly, Nutch remains easy to customize thanks to its plugin architecture," explained Nioche. Its highly modular architecture allows developers to create plug-ins for document parsing, ranking and indexing.
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MEDIA ALERT: The Apache Software Foundation announces Apache Traffic Server v3.2
Highly-Performant Cloud Computing Service Serves Dynamic Content, Billions of Objects, and Terrabytes of Data for Large-Scale Deployments in Use at Akamai, Comcast, GoDaddy, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, and More.
WHO: The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Recognized as one of the most compelling communities in Open Source for shepherding, developing, and incubating innovations "The Apache Way", the ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code overseen by an all-volunteer community across six continents. Apache technologies power more than half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers.
The Apache Software Foundation Announces Unprecedented Growth During First Quarter of 2012
Demand for best-in-class Open Source solutions drives landmark achievements
Forest Hill, MD -–16 May 2012-– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced key milestones achieved in the first quarter of 2012.
Recognized as one of the most compelling communities in Open Source for shepherding, developing, and incubating innovations "The Apache Way", the ASF is responsible for millions of lines of code overseen by an all-volunteer community across six continents. Apache technologies power more than half the Internet, petabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers.
The record-setting first quarter marked new highs across an array of Apache initiatives, including Top-Level Projects, incubating innovations, sponsorship, individual and corporate contributions, and infrastructure. This unprecedented growth reinforces the broad-reaching success of the ASF's best-in-class software products, the power of the Apache brand, and its highly-emulated community development practices.
"Our landmark success can be attributed to Apache’s longstanding commitment to providing exceptional Open Source products, each with a stable codebase and an active community," said ASF President Jim Jagielski. "The ASF makes it easy for all contributors, regardless of any affiliations, to collaborate."
Top-Level Projects: the ASF's core activities  involve the development of its Top-Level Projects (TLPs), whose day-to-day activities are overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to each project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. As of 2002, the process for establishing new TLPs has been through the Apache Incubator. On occasion, a sub-project of an existing TLP may graduate to become a new, standalone TLP.
New TLPs graduating from the Apache Incubator in Q1 2012 are Apache Accumulo, Apache BVal, Apache Empire-db, Apache Gora, Apache Lucy, Apache OpenNLP, Apache Rave, and Apache Sqoop. This brings the total of TLPs to 104, marking the first time more than 100 TLPs are in active development (the ASF has had 121 TLPs in total; 20 have been retired to the Apache Attic).
Apache projects span Cloud computing and "Big Data" to Search and Semantics to application frameworks and build tools, providing the ability to meet the strong demand for interoperable, adaptable, ubiquitous, and sustainable Open Source solutions. There have been 87 new TLP software releases since January 2012, with milestone releases from Apache Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Apache HTTP Server, and Apache TomEE.
After six years in development, Big Data powerhouse Apache Hadoop released v1.0 in January 2012, bolstering its popularity "as measured by substantial growth in client inquiries, dramatic rises in attendance at industry events, increasing financial investments, and the introduction of products from leading data management and data integration software vendors," according to Gartner Vice President Merv Adrian . In addition, IDC’s Worldwide Hadoop-MapReduce Ecosystem Software Forecast  predicts market growth for Apache Hadoop and supporting Big Data products will exceed 60% annually.
The ASF's flagship project, the Apache HTTP Server, remains the world’s leading Web server, powering an all-time record of more than 425 million websites globally , and more than 500 community-developed modules to extend its functionality. In addition, the Apache HTTP Server celebrated its 17th Anniversary with the release of v2.4 in February 2012.
Apache Incubator: Open Source innovations intending to become fully-fledged Apache projects, including code donations from external organizations and existing external projects, must enter through the Apache Incubator . Initiatives in development at the Apache Incubator –-known as "podlings"-- comprise both the project’s codebase and community. There were 19 new software releases from Apache Incubator podlings since January 2012.
A record 51 podlings are currently undergoing incubation, including Apache Bloodhound, Apache Cordova (formerly Callback), Apache Flex, Apache Giraph, and Apache Wave. Apache OpenOffice --the leading Open Source office productivity suite, and ASF’s first end-user-facing project-- successfully transitioned nearly 10 million lines of code in preparation for the release of OpenOffice v3.4, the first official Apache release under the auspices of The ASF. Apache OpenOffice v3.4 is now fully compliant under the Apache License v2, and was downloaded over 1 million times in its first week.
Over the past decade, 85 podlings have graduated from the Apache Incubator; 3 projects were retired, and 27 are considered dormant. New podlings in 2012 are Apache CloudStack, Apache DeviceMap, and Apache Syncope.
Sponsors: as a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, The ASF is funded through tax-deductible contributions from corporations, foundations, and private individuals . For the past six years, The ASF Sponsorship Program  has helped offset day-to-day operating expenses such as bandwidth and connectivity, servers and hardware, legal and accounting services, marketing and public relations, general office expenditures, and support staff. New sponsors in 2012 include Citrix (Platinum), GoDaddy (Silver), Huawei (Silver), and Twitter (Bronze). They join Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! at the Platinum level; AMD, Hortonworks, HP, and IBM at the Gold level; Basis Technology, Cloudera, Matt Mullenweg, PSW Group, and SpringSource at the Silver level; and AirPlus International, BlueNog, Digital Primates, FuseSource, Intuit, Liip AG, Lucid Imagination, Talend, Two Sigma Investments, and WANdisco at the Bronze level.
Apache Members and Committers: in 1999, the ASF incorporated with an inaugural membership of 21 individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache HTTP Server. Additions to this core group grew with developers who contributed code, patches, or documentation. Some of these contributors were subsequently granted "Committer" status by the Membership , granting access to: commit (write) directly to the code repository, vote on community-related decisions, and propose an active user for Committership. Those Committers  that demonstrate merit in the Foundation's growth, evolution, and progress are nominated for ASF Membership by existing members. The meritocratic "Contributor-Committer-Member" approach is the central governing process  across the Apache ecosystem.
The ASF's 391 active Members (449 total elected; 55 emeritus, 3 deceased); will be voting in new ASF Members in the upcoming annual Members meeting. The Committership process is ongoing, with no formal nomination or election timeframe. There are currently 2,967 active Apache Committers.
Contributions: in order for a project to become hosted at Apache it has to be licensed to the ASF  with a grant or contributor agreement in order for the ASF to gain the necessary intellectual property rights for the development and distribution of its projects. Whist all contributors of ideas, code, or documentation to the ASF must sign a Contributor License Agreement (CLA), copyright remains with the contributor --a license for reuse is given to the Foundation.
- Individuals --a signed Individual CLA (ICLA) is required before an individual is given commit rights to an ASF project to clearly define the terms under which intellectual property has been contributed, and allow the project to be defended should there be a legal dispute regarding its software. 251 Individual CLAs have been signed in 2012 thus far; a total of 4,651 have been signed overall.
- Corporations/Institutions --organizations whose employees are assigned to work on Apache projects as part of an employment agreement may sign a Corporate CLA (CCLA) to contribute intellectual property via the corporation. In addition, every developer must also sign their own ICLA to cover any of their contributions as an individual that are not owned by the corporation signing the CCLA. Companies that have signed CCLAs include Cloudera, Facebook, Hortonworks, kippdata GmbH, LinkedIn, and SoundCloud. In 2012 thus far, 17 new Corporate CLAs have been signed, totaling 384 overall.
Software Grants: those individuals or corporations that donate a body of existing software or documentation to an Apache project needs to execute a formal Software Grant Agreement (SGA) with the ASF. Typically, this is done after negotiating approval with the ASF Incubator or one of the PMCs, as the ASF will not accept software without a viable community to support a collaborative project. 9 SGAs have been signed during Q1 2012, with 337 SGAs on file.
Community Relations: in addition to Apache Members and Committers, countless developers and users contribute to the growth of Apache-based activities across the Open Source landscape. Two of the ASF's outreach-oriented committees include Community Development , which handles initiatives such as Google Summer of Code (17 TLPs and 9 Podlings are currently mentoring 41 student projects); and Conference Planning , which oversees Apache-themed BarCamps and MeetUps, and ApacheCon, the ASF's official conference, trainings, and expo. 2012 marks the return of ApacheCon Europe, taking place late Fall in Germany.
Infrastructure: a distributed team on two continents comprising 10 rotating volunteers and 4 paid staff keep the ASF infrastructure  of roughly two dozen servers and more than 75 distinct hosts --accessed by millions of people across the globe-- running 24x7x365. The Apache Infrastructure team has released 99.96GB of artifacts so far this year.
"There's no stopping the interest in Apache-led projects --from the number of innovations in the Incubator, to best-in-breed solutions powering mission-critical applications, to the widespread popularity of the Apache License," added Jagielski. "The Apache community at-large is driving this momentum by providing code, documentation, bug reports, design feedback, testing, evangelizing, mentoring, and more. There’s always a way to contribute!"
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 400 individual Members and 3,500 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 a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.
"Apache", "Apache ACE", "Apache Bloodhound", "Apache CloudStack", "Apache Cordova", "Apache Deltacloud", "Apache DeviceMap", "Apache Flex", "Apache Giraph", "Apache Hadoop", "Apache OpenOffice", "Apache Rave", "Apache Sqoop", "Apache Syncope", "Apache TomEE", "Apache Wave", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 Foundation Overview - http://www.apache.org/foundation/
 Apache Hadoop v1.0 press release - http://blogs.apache.org/foundation/date/20120104
 IDC Worldwide Hadoop-MapReduce Ecosystem Software Forecast - http://www.idg.com/www/pr.nsf/ByID/MBEN-8U6JAG
 Netcraft May 2012 Web Server Survey - http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2012/05/02/may-2012-web-server-survey.html
 Apache Incubator - http://incubator.apache.org/
 List of ASF Sponsors - http://www.apache.org/foundation/thanks.html
 ASF Sponsorship Program - http://apache.org/foundation/sponsorship.html
 ASF Members - http://apache.org/foundation/members.html
 ASF Committer Index - http://people.apache.org/committer-index.html
 How the ASF Works - http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
 Apache Licenses, CLAs, and Software Grants - http://www.apache.org/licenses/
 Apache Community Development - http://community.apache.org/
 Apache Conferences Committee - http://www.apache.org/foundation/conferences.html
 Apache Infrastructure - http://www.apache.org/dev/infrastructure.html
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache TomEE™ v1.0
Easy to use, affordable, and over 300% faster, Open Source Java Enterprise Edition of popular Apache Tomcat application server ideally suited for Cloud environments
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache TomEE v1.0. Apache TomEE is the Java Enterprise Edition 6 Web Profile-Certified edition of Apache Tomcat, the world’s most popular Java application server software, with more than 70% market penetration within the enterprise.
A sub-project of Apache OpenEJB, TomEE adds Java EE features to the latest version of Apache Tomcat (v7.0.27; released 5 April 2012) in the simplest way possible. TomEE runs without any additional memory requirements, is compatible with most Tomcat-aware/tested tools and applications.
"Apache TomEE makes developing Java EE solutions easy and simple," said David Blevins, Vice President of Apache OpenEJB. "TomEE is the closest and shortest jump for anyone with a Tomcat stack using any number of Java EE technologies to finally move to a Java EE 6 Web Profile certified platform that offers great freedom in the Cloud."
According to the latest Gartner Group report on Cloud innovation in application platforms , "Through 2017, at least 70% of new Java EE applications will be deployed on an open-source Java application server…OSS application servers primarily (but not exclusively) from Apache…will continue to dominate small-scale Java EE deployments."
Fast, Affordable, Simple.
"For I Like Places, Enterprise Java was a big bet, mainly because the servers alone can kill a startup due to the costs they incur. Added to this is the learning curve involved with Java EE," said Ravindranath Akila, Founder of Adimpression. "The irony is that none of these mattered because of Apache TomEE: it is so lightweight, lightning fast, and loves the Cloud. We’re absolute fans!"
The Project's commitment to enhancing production quality includes low memory footprint and extensive performance improvements on large applications, yielding 100-300+% faster startup times over earlier versions:
"The strength of TomEE is the sum of its community members --the value in feedback provided by an ISP that supports many applications is immeasurable. We appreciate the excellent testing feedback received from Metawerx and encourage other Apache Tomcat hosting facilities to work with us as they add TomEE to their lineup," added Blevins. "TomEE is a natural fit for Tomcat-focused ISPs as they now have a Java EE option that naturally fits with their existing infrastructure." The Project invites any ISPs seeking to expand their services by including TomEE to email the developer list at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.
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 350 individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Citrix, Cloudera, Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Huawei, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit http://www.apache.org/.
"Apache", "Apache TomEE", "TomEE", and "ApacheCon" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 Gartner Group --"Predicts 2012: Cloud and In-Memory Drive Innovation in Application Platforms" http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-19EDYKH&ct=120222&st=sg#h-d2e136
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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Cassandra™ v1.1
Forest Hill, MD –24 April 2012– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache Cassandra v1.1. The highly-scalable, distributed database quickly and reliably handles massive data sets across community machines, large server clusters, and data centers without compromising performance –whether running in the Cloud or partially on-premise in a hybrid data store.
"Apache Cassandra is the leading scalable NoSQL database in terms of production installations --the 1.0 release was a huge milestone," said Jonathan Ellis, Vice President of Apache Cassandra. "v1.1 improves on that foundation with many features and enhancements that developers and administrators have been asking for."
Apache Cassandra is rapidly garnering accolades as a best of breed "NoSQL" solution for its ease of use, powerful data model, enterprise-grade reliability, tunable performance, and incremental scalability with no single point of failure. Super-efficient, Cassandra accommodates high query volumes at exceptional speed (sub-millisecond writes) with low latency, and handles petabytes of data across formats and applications in real time.
Apache Cassandra v1.1 features improved caching, revised query language (CQL –Cassandra Query Language– a subset of SQL), storage control, schema/structure, Hadoop integration/output, data directory control, and scalability.
Successfully handling thousands of requests per second, Apache Cassandra is deployed at Adobe, Appscale, Appssavvy, Backupify, Cisco, Clearspring, Cloudtalk, Constant Contact, Digg, Digital River, Formspring, IBM, Mahalo.com, Morningstar, Netflix, Openwave, OpenX, Palantir, PBS, Plaxo, Rackspace, Reddit, RockYou, Shazam, SimpleGeo, Spotify, Twitter, Urban Airship, US Government, Walmart Labs, Yakaz, and more.
The largest Cassandra production cluster to date exceeds 300 terabytes of data over 400 machines.
"The v1.1 release shows how rapidly Apache Cassandra has matured. The focus has clearly shifted to usability which is the sign of a solid system. I look forward to getting it into production right away," said Patrick McFadin, Chief Architect of Hobsons. "With features like Row-level isolation and Composite keys, Apache Cassandra v1.1 is really addressing user driven needs with innovative solutions. Well done to all contributors for making this a great release."