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From The Apache Software Foundation <l...@apache.org>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Wraps Up 2007 As Its Strongest Year to Date
Date Wed, 16 Jan 2008 01:25:48 GMT
For Immediate Release

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The Apache Software Foundation Wraps Up 2007 As Its
Strongest Year to Date

  Flexible, Meritocratic Process of "The Apache Way"
  Plays Key Role in Meeting Growing Demand for
  Innovative, Community-Developed Open Source
  Technologies

FOREST HILL, Md., Jan. 15 -- The Apache Software
Foundation (ASF) -- stewards, incubators, and developers
of leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP
Server, the world's most popular Web server software for
twelve years running -- today announced the 2007 year
finished as its strongest ever, reinforcing the
broad-reaching success of "The Apache Way."

Lauded as one of the most compelling communities in
Open Source, the all-volunteer Foundation looked back
on milestones achieved during 2007, with ASF
activities having grown at a steady rate.

"We are grateful to all those individuals -- Members,
Committers, developers, users, and supporters -- who
have contributed to our success over the past year,"
said ASF Chairman Jim Jagielski. "Our achievements
reflect strong commitment from our community, boosting
confidence in our ability to meet end-user and market
demand and building excitement about the work that is
underway."

2007 HIGHLIGHTS AND MILESTONES

Board: 2007 marked the largest changeover of ASF Board
members since The ASF's incorporation in 1999.
Reflecting the Foundation's diverse, meritocratic
Membership, the newly-elected board members are:
Justin
Erenkrantz (President), J. Aaron Farr (Treasurer), Jim
Jagielski (Chairman), Geir Magnusson Jr., William Rowe
Jr., Sam Ruby (Executive Vice President/Secretary),
Henning Schmiedehausen, Greg Stein, and Henri Yandell.

Membership: At its inception, The ASF comprised 21
individuals who oversaw the progress of the Apache
HTTP Server, forming the Foundation's core membership.
Additions to this group grew with "Committers,"
developers who contributed code, patches, or
documentation, and were subsequently granted access by
the Membership: 1) to "commit" or "write" directly to
the code repository; 2) the right to vote on
community-related decisions; and 3) and the ability
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. Following its
bi-annual elections, The ASF closed 2007 with the
election of 56 new Members, totaling 259 overall.

Sponsorship: As a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit
charitable organization, The ASF is funded solely
through tax-deductible contributions from
corporations, foundations, and private individuals. At
The ASF's
inception, all equipment and services were donated;
The ASF Sponsorship Program was created to help 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. Since
launching the Sponsorship Program late 2006, the
following sponsors' contributions have helped advance
The ASF's activities: 

 -- Platinum Level: Google, Yahoo!
 -- Gold Level: HP
 -- Silver Level: Covalent
 -- Bronze Level: AirPlus International, Tetsuya
    Kitahata, and Two Sigma Investments

ApacheCon: The ASF's official conference, trainings,
and expo -- now in its 10th year -- continues to bring
Open Source users, developers, and though leaders
together to explore some of the hottest topics in the
industry. Convening in Amsterdam and Atlanta during
2007, ApacheCon Europe returns to Amsterdam 7-11 April
2008; and to the United States for ApacheCon US in New
Orleans on 3-7 November 2008.

Community Relations: With over 1,500 Committers and
countless contributors and users collaborating in the
development of Apache-related activities across the
Open Source landscape, ASF projects continue to grow
at a steady rate. The ASF is responsible for millions
of lines of code and roughly one dozen servers
comprising its infrastructure; nearly 500
community-driven modules have been developed to extend
functionality of the Apache HTTP Server alone.

The ASF's participation in the Open Source
community-at-large also takes place through various
committees that include: Licensing (responsible
for the legal issues associated with licensing and
license compatibilities, and for the revision of the
Apache Software License); JCP (responsible for the
liaison between The ASF and the Java Community
Process, of which The ASF is a member of its Executive
Committee); Conference Planning (responsible for the
organization of ApacheCon); Security (responsible for
handling potential security holes in ASF-produced
software and mitigating vulnerability); and Public
Relations (responsible for press-related issues,
management of the Apache brand, trademark licensing,
and collaboration with fundraising efforts).

Project Achievements: Beginning with just two Projects
(Apache HTTP Server, and the ApacheCon Conference
Planning committee), The ASF today comprises more than
55 Top-Level Projects (TLPs) and two-dozen initiatives
under Incubation (comprising both the codebase and its
community, known as Podlings).

As the backbone of more Websites than any other Web
server software, the Apache HTTP Server remains the #1
Web server, powering more than 75 million Websites
across the Internet, according to the December 2007
Web
Server Survey by Netcraft. This translates to a 74%
market penetration across all Web Server domains,
according to the January 1 2008 Web Server Survey by
Security Space. In September 2007 the Apache HTTP
Server Project announced the stable release of Apache
HTTP Server version 2.2.6.

The day-to-day activity of each TLP (and any
sub-projects) is overseen by Project Management
Committees (PMCs). Their continuous efforts made 2007
a landmark year for reaching milestones in the
following Top-Level Projects: Ant, APR, Cocoon,
Directory, Excalibur, Forrest, Harmony, HiveMind,
Jackrabbit, Jakarta, James, Lucene, Maven, Mina,
MyFaces, Portals, Shale, Struts, Tapestry, Tomcat, and
Velocity.

Apache Labs: Formed in November 2006, The ASF
Innovation Laboratories allows Committers to
experiment with new ideas and brainstorm on blue-sky
concepts without the overhead of Project bylaws or
community building. The Apache Labs now has 20 active
initiatives in its registry.

Congratulations, Graduates! Over the past twelve
months, the following initiatives have graduated to
ASF Top-Level Projects (TLPs):

 -- From a sub-project of an existing Apache TLP ...
    - Apache Tiles (Struts) -- December 2006
    - Apache Turbine (Jakarta) -- May 2007
    - Apache POI (Jakarta) -- May 2007
    - Apache Quetzalcoatl (HTTP Server) -- June 2007
    - Apache Commons (Jakarta) -- June 2007
    - Apache HttpComponents (Jakarta) - November 2007

 -- From the Apache Incubator ...
    - Apache OFBiz -- December 2006
    - Apache Cayenne -- December 2006
    - Apache ActiveMQ -- January 2007
    - Apache Roller -- February 2007
    - Apache Felix -- March 2007
    - Apache OpenEJB -- May 2007
    - Apache OpenJPA -- May 2007
    - Apache Wicket -- June 2007
    - Apache ODE -- July 2007
    - Apache ServiceMix -- September 2007


LOOKING AHEAD

Industry projections show continued strong need of
interoperable, adaptable, ubiquitous, and sustainable
Open Source solutions. Increasingly, for enterprises,
the appeal of Open Source software is no longer just
about cost savings, but rather the flexibility to
choose among vendors to implement support for their
infrastructure products -- or, as becoming more
common, the ability to internally use and build upon
an existing Open Source product with a stable codebase
and an active community.

"With our proven success of working together,
producing premium projects, building active and
healthy user and developer communities and advancing
innovative technologies, we have a tremendous
opportunity to continue to meet future needs of this
technology space, so important to the industry," added
Jagielski. "For us, 'Community Over Code' isn't a
slogan -- it's a way of life."

ABOUT THE APACHE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION

Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation
provides organizational, legal, and financial support
for a broad range of Open Source software projects,
including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most
popular Web server software for more than a decade.
The Foundation provides an established framework for
intellectual property and financial contributions that
simultaneously limits contributors' potential legal
exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic
development process, Apache projects deliver
enterprise-grade, freely available software products
that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic
Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial
and individual, to deploy Apache products. For more
information, please see http://www.apache.org/


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