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IBM developerWorks: Apache Group incorporates, expands influence

Jul 24, 1999, 21:12 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Brody)

(Includes an informative interview with Apache Group co-founder Brian Behlendorf.)

"The Apache Software Foundation is leading the way in managing the fragile relationship between the open-source community and commercial interests, and it hopes soon to "open up" some of the best tools in Web development."

"At the end of last month, the Apache Group announced it has incorporated to become the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a nonprofit entity established to "formally shepherd" the group's high-profile software projects, including the Apache HTTP Web Server, the world's most popular Web server. The move provides the foundation with the legal status required to accept financial donations and contributions of intellectual property, and is designed to help further broaden the Apache Group's expanding role in Web development software.

"ASF's goal is not only to administer its own projects, but also to offer financial and legal assistance to other open-source ventures. The ASF requires that all its projects remain open to new contributions via Internet collaboration, and it will limit use of the ASF name to only those entities for whom it has approved a license."

"ASF was assisted in forming partly by IBM..."

"IBM will be providing code and a dedicated team of programmers to the Apache Software Foundation, including the Jakarta Project, and will use the resulting code in its commercial products, similar to its use of the Apache Web server today..."

"The participation of companies such as IBM and Sun has allowed the ASF to extend its influence beyond the Apache Web server to other projects, including the Java-Apache Project and Jakarta."

Complete story.

Related Stories (Apache Software Foundation):
CNET News.com: Open-source Apache project solidifies status (Jul 02, 1999)
PC Week: Apache incorporates, creates new structure (Jul 01, 1999)
Introducing sourceXchange (May 14, 1999)

Related Stories (Jakarta):
JavaWorld: Sun and Apache team up to deliver servlet and JSP code (Jun 21, 1999)
Sun and Apache announce Jakarta Project (Jun 19, 1999)
Wired: Sun Aligns with Palm and Apache (Jun 15, 1999)