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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject [Announce] The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache ACE as a Top-Level Project
Date Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:01:03 GMT
[this announcement is also available online at http://s.apache.org/u5]

Open Source OSGi software distribution framework especially suited for the Cloud and embedded
computing markets

Forest
 Hill, MD – 27 February 2012 – The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the
 all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open 
Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache ACE has 
graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP),
 signifying that the Project's community and products have been 
well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache
 ACE is a software distribution framework for managing and distributing 
modular software components, configuration data, and other artifacts to 
OSGi-based and related target systems.

Comprising a set of OSGi 
bundles, Apache ACE allows developers to easily manage the dependencies,
 deployment, and feedback of installed software components. This proves 
particularly useful when scaling across embedded and Cloud computing 
applications by covering the area of deploying and dynamically scaling 
applications in the cloud, as well as mobile platforms that would 
utilize ACE to create their own market or application store.

Using
 Apache ACE, updates and new components can be easily distributed while 
keeping a full history of what was installed where and during what 
period. In addition, ACE helps developers set up an automated 
development, QA/testing, staging, and production environment.
Initially
 donated to the Apache Incubator in 2009 by software solutions provider 
Luminis, a diverse and international group of developers joined the 
initial developers of the ACE code base to successfully form the Apache 
ACE community.

"We are excited that ACE has successfully 
graduated as a Top-Level Project," said Marcel Offermans, Vice President
 of Apache ACE and Fellow at Luminis. "Developing projects 'The Apache 
Way' stimulates widespread cooperation with individuals that each bring 
their specific knowledge to the project. Diversity is key -- the 
community is evolving the project in new and interesting ways, 
leveraging the collective expertise."

Availability and Oversight
Apache
 ACE 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
 ACE source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources 
are available at http://ace.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 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, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, 
IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, 
SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit
http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache",
 "Apache ACE", 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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