"Since 1997, it was available to download on Sourceforge, but in
2001 "Apache provided Lucene a home where it could build a solid
community", said Lucene's creator and ASF Chairman Doug Cutting.
Since then, said Cutting, Lucene's usefulness to a wide range of
applications and deep improvements have led to it powering "smart
search and indexing for eCommerce, financial services, business
intelligence, travel, social networking, libraries, publishing,
government, and defense solutions."