Profile1 - Apache Software Foundation
2015 03 19
We had heard of the Apache Software Foundation before just never really knew too much about it. So we just wanted to look into it more.
- Is the subject of your profile a corporate entity?
- What type?
- The Apache Software Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. (http://www.apache.org/foundation/)
- When was it founded?
- By whom?
- 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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Software_Foundation)
- Original founder(s) still active?
- Many of them are still active but not all.
- Publicly Traded? Since when? Initial Stock Price? Current stock price?
- Has the company made any acquisitions? If yes, which companies, and what were their core products?
- Has the company made any investments in other companies? If yes, which ones.
- Kind of… https://projects.apache.org/
- Number of Employees?
- Where is HQ?
- Does it have any other offices or locations?
- Does your organization file any annual reports? Please include links to any relevant documents (i.e. 990, Annual Report, Year in Review, etc...)
- Does your subject participate in social media? If yes, please list a URL for each account, and reach within that community. (i.e. Twitter: @RedHatNews - 6- 9K Followers.
- Twitter: @theasf - 27.5K followers
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Apache/6538157161 - Seems dead, no updates since 2010, 17K likes
- What communication channels does your subject use to reach their public? Briefly describe and include a URL for each.
- As the ASF is more of an oversight body, communications are generally done on a project level
- Does your subject organize or participate in any conferences? If so, list them here, and provide links to any relevant sessions, keynotes, or content.
Your subject likely runs or contributes to one or more Open Source products or projects. Choose one (or more) of these and answer the following questions:
If applicable, list and provide links to:
- The project's IRC Channel
- Source Code repository
- Mail list archive
- Other communication channels
- Project Website and/or Blog
Describe the software project, its purpose and goals.
- “The Apache Software Foundation provides support for the Apache community of open-source software projects, which provide software products for the public good.” (https://www.apache.org/)
- Give brief history of the project. When was the Initial Commit? The latest commit?
- Who approves patches? How many people?
- Who has commit access, or has had patches accepted? How many total?
- Has there been any turnover in the Core Team? (i.e. has the top 20% of contributors stayed the same over time? If not, how has it changed?)
- N/A. The Apache Software Foundation has an elected board of directors.
- Does the project have a BDFL, or Lead Developer? (BDFL == Benevolent Dictator for Life)
- Are the front and back end developers the same people? What is the proportion of each?
- What have been some of the major bugs/problems/issues that have arisen during development? Who is responsible for quality control and bug repair?
- How is the project's participation trending and why?
- Up, the number of current members is quite large. It may be that they don’t demote users for inactivity, so it is a false sense of growth.
- In your opinion, does the project pass "The Raptor Test?" (i.e. Would the project survive if the BDFL, or most active contributor were eaten by a Velociraptor?) Why or why not?
- Yes, the foundation is mainly run by the community so many people would be able step and take over the role.
- In your opinion, would the project survive if the core team, or most active 20% of contributors, were hit by a bus? Why or why not?
- Yes. The Apache Software Foundation board of directors is elected.
- Does the project have an official "on-boarding" process in place? (new contributor guides, quickstarts, communication leads who focus specifically on newbies, etc...)
- Does the project have Documentation available? Is it extensive? Does it include code examples?
- The ASF has a “top-level” wiki. “This General Wiki is a top-level overview of other wikis at the Apache Software Foundation, as well as overall Foundation-level information, at the bottom of this page.” (https://wiki.apache.org/general/)
- If you were going to contribute to this project, but ran into trouble or hit blockers, who would you contact, and how?
- IRC would likely be the first place to go.
- Based on these answers, how would you describe the decision making structure/process of this group? Is it hierarchical, consensus building, ruled by a small group, barely contained chaos, or ruled by a single or pair of individuals?
- Is this the kind of structure you would enjoy working in? Why, or why not?
- The ASF has extensive documentation and guides to getting started on any of the numerous projects it oversees - it seems inviting and friendly.
Technology/Product (Section adapted from EFF Worksheet)
- Who invented, created, or sponsored the technology?
- The Apache Foundation is funding many different projects from donations.
- What is the technology designed to do? How is it used?
- provide a foundation for open, collaborative software development projects by supplying hardware, communication, and business infrastructure;
- create an independent legal entity to which companies and individuals can donate resources and be assured that those resources will be used for the public benefit;
- provide a means for individual volunteers to be sheltered from legal suits directed at the Foundation's projects; and,
- protect the 'Apache' brand, as applied to its software products, from being abused by other organizations.
- Who would benefit from using this technology?
- What kinds of companies or organizations (stakeholders) might have been concerned about the development of this technology? Why?
- The open source community and companies that use Apache licensed software.
- Does/Did an aspect of copyright law play a role in controversies about the technology? How?