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Open Source at scale:
the Apache Software
Apache Software Foundation Member and Director.
Principal Scientist, CQ/AEM R&D group, Adobe Basel.
slides revision 2013-11-16
Reading list: delicious.com/bdelacretaz/asfbasics
Very often, the ASF does not have an official view
on things - we are a group of individuals with
So, this is my own personal view.
(but in general I am fairly well informed about the ASF ;-)
is the ASF?
501(c)(3) charity, volunteer organization
Apache License 2.0(business-friendly)
~200 projects, >3'000 committers,
~400 members, 9 directors
No technical roadmap at the Foundation
level (a.k.a "board, shut up!")
Yearly budget around $750k
No offices, (almost) no meetings
The purpose of the Corporation is to
engage in any lawful act or activity...,
including the creation and maintenance of
"open source" software distributed by the
Corporation to thehttp://apache.org charge.
public at no
Create and release source code. ars
Open, sustainable, resilient.
Asynchronous open collaboration.
Build consensus, voting if needed.
New projects enter via Incubator.
Individuals, not companies.
Everybody has a voice, meritocracy.
Community over Code!
Different cultures, timezones, mother tongues, ...
Recipe for failure?
smiley: dhester on morgueﬁle.com / map: http://people.apache.org/map.html
everybody gets the same information
picture: taysm on morgueﬁle.com
nobody knows you’re a dog
picture: xandert on morgueﬁle.com
“centralized asynchronous open collaboration bus”
/ w w w . a p atasks:h e . code repository
smiley: dhester on morgueﬁle.com
Use Apache software
Suggest concrete improvements
Don’t be shy!
Have write access to source code
Run our projects
“Project Management Committee”
Board of (9) Directors
Apache Tomcat (TM)
And many others...