Apache Software Foundation

Apache Software Foundation

Apache Software Foundation
Founded June 1999 (1999-06)
Founder Brian Behlendorf, Ken Coar, Mark Cox, Lars Eilebrecht, Ralf S. Engelschall, Roy T. Fielding, Dean Gaudet, Ben Hyde, Jim Jagielski, Alexei Kosut, Martin Kraemer, Ben Laurie, Doug MacEachern, Aram Mirzadeh, Sameer Parekh, Cliff Skolnick, Marc Slemko, William (Bill) Stoddard, Paul Sutton, Randy Terbush, Dirk-Willem van Gulik
Type 501(c)(3)
Focus Open source software
Location
Method Apache License
Website .org.apachewww

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is an American non-profit corporation (classified as 501(c)(3) in the United States) to support Apache software projects, including the Apache HTTP Server. The ASF was formed from the Apache Group and incorporated in Delaware, U.S., in June 1999.[1][2]

The Apache Software Foundation is a decentralized community of developers. The software they produce is distributed under the terms of the platform lock-in.

Among the ASF's objectives are: to provide legal protection[4] to volunteers working on Apache projects; to prevent the Apache brand name from being used by other organizations without permission.

The ASF also holds several ApacheCon[5] conferences each year, highlighting Apache projects, related technology, and encouraging Apache developers to gather together.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Projects 2
  • Board of directors 3
  • Financials 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

History

The history of the Apache Software Foundation is linked to the Apache HTTP Server, development beginning in February 1995. A group of eight developers started working on enhancing the NCSA HTTPd daemon. They came to be known as the Apache Group. On March 25, 1999, the Apache Software Foundation was formed.[1] The first official meeting of the Apache Software Foundation was held on April 13, 1999, and by general consent that the initial membership list of the Apache Software Foundation, would be: Brian Behlendorf, Ken Coar, Miguel Gonzales, Mark Cox, Lars Eilebrecht, Ralf S. Engelschall, Roy T. Fielding, Dean Gaudet, Ben Hyde, Jim Jagielski, Alexei Kosut, Martin Kraemer, Ben Laurie, Doug MacEachern, Aram Mirzadeh, Sameer Parekh, Cliff Skolnick, Marc Slemko, William (Bill) Stoddard, Paul Sutton, Randy Terbush and Dirk-Willem van Gulik.[6] After a series of additional meetings to elect board members and resolve other legal matters regarding incorporation, the effective incorporation date of the Apache Software Foundation was set to June 1, 1999.[2]

The name 'Apache' was chosen from respect for the Native American Apache Nation, well known for their superior skills in warfare strategy and their inexhaustible endurance. It also makes a 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 software soon started to call themselves the "Apache Group".

Projects

Apache divides its FOSS projects, before a project is hosted at Apache it has to be licensed to the ASF with a grant or contributor agreement.[8] In this way, the ASF gains the necessary intellectual property rights for the development and distribution of all its projects.[9]

Board of directors

The ASF board of directors has responsibility for overseeing the ASF's activities and acting as a central point of contact and communication for its projects. The board assigns corporate issues, assigning resources to projects, and manages corporate services, including funds and legal issues. It does not make technical decisions about individual projects; these are made by the individual Project Management Committees. The board is elected annually by members of the foundation and, after the March 2015 Annual Members Meeting, it consists of:[10][11][12]

  • Rich Bowen (Executive Vice President)
  • Shane Curcuru
  • Bertrand Delacretaz
  • Jim Jagielski
  • Chris Mattmann (Treasurer)
  • David Nalley
  • Brett Porter (Chairman)
  • Sam Ruby
  • Greg Stein (Vice Chairman)

Financials

In the 2010–11 fiscal year, the Foundation took in $539,410, almost entirely from grants and contributions with $12,349 from two ApacheCons. With no employees and 2,663 volunteers, it spent $270,846 on infrastructure, $92,364 on public relations, and $17,891 on two ApacheCons.[13]

See also

Notes

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  3. ^ François Letellier, see 'Third Generation Open Source'
  4. ^ See the Volunteer Protection Act article.
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Further reading

External links

  • Official website
  • wiki.apache.org
  • ASF Committer website
  • ApacheCon website
  • ApacheCon Wiki
  • Free recordings of presentations from Apachecon09
  • Apache popular APIs in GitHub