Over 3.2 million downloads of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5 (Apache Software Foundation Blogs)

Since the release of Apache OpenOffice 4.1.5 end of 2017 we got over 3.2 million download requests. And this is only for the newest release. There are more for other versions that the users download due to their special needs. And not included are the many others from news magazins - online or on CD/DVD.

Another impressive number is: 250 million. These are the downloads over all versions since 01st January, 2012.

With this post we want to call your attention to the strong advise to download software only from its original source. Then you are on the safe side to avoid any viruses or malware. For OpenOffice it is "https://www.openoffice.org/download/".

And you don't need a permission or even registration to use or copy Apache OpenOffice as it is free and open source software. So, no problem with license keys and fees and other restricting stuff.

Meltdown and Spectre patches show negligible impact to Apache Ignite performance (Apache Software Foundation Blogs)

As promised in my initial blog post on this matter, Apache Ignite community applied security patches against the notorious Meltdown Spectre vulnerabilities and completed performance testing of general operations and workloads that are typical for Ignite deployments.

The security patches were applied only for CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown) and CVE-2017-5753 (Spectre Variant 1) vulnerabilities. The patches for CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre Variant 2) for the hardware the community used for testing are not stable yet an can cause system reboot issues or another unpredictable behavior

The applied patches have shown that the performance implications are negligible - the performance drop is just in the 0 - 7% range as the figure shows:


Thus, Apache Ignite community highly recommends its customers and partners to consider security patches for CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown) and CVE-2017-5753 (Spectre Variant 1) in their deployment environments and contact us on the user list if you run into a larger performance drop in your use case.

At the same time, we're keeping an eye on Intel announcements and will validate the performance implications of Spectre Variant 2 once a solution is released by the hardware vendor.

Just for your reference, the benchmarks were executed in the following environment and configuration.

Benchmarking Environment

Cluster Configuration:

  • 4 servers and 8 client nodes
  • Apache Ignite version: 2.4.0


  • Huawei RH2288 V3, CPU - 2x Xeon E5-2609 v4, 1.7GHz, RAM - 96Gb, SSD - 3x800Gb RAID0 2.4Tb, Network - 10Gb/s
  • DEll R610, CPU - 2x Xeon X5570, RAM - 96Gb, SSD - 512Gb, HDD -  2048GB, Network - 10Gb/s

Operating System:

  • OS CentOS Linux release 7.4.1708 (Core)
  • Kernel - Linux 3.10.0-693.11.6.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Jan 4 01:06:37 UTC 2018 x86_64

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Kibble™ as a Top-Level Project (Apache Software Foundation Blogs)

Open Source tools used for collecting, aggregating and visualizing software project activity.

Wakefield, MA —30 January 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Kibble™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Kibble is an activity reporting platform created to collect, aggregate, analyze, and visualize activity in software projects and communities. With Kibble, users can track a project's code, discussions, issues, and individuals through detailed views mapped across specified time periods.

"We are passionate about solving hard problems, particularly as they relate to defining and measuring a project's success," said Rich Bowen, Vice President of Apache Kibble. "As doing so is notoriously difficult, we want to provide a set of tools that allow a project to define success, and track their progress towards that success, in terms that make the most sense for their community. Apache Kibble is a way to make this happen."

Apache Kibble is the latest project to enter the ASF directly as a Top-Level Project, bypassing the Apache Incubator (the official entry path for projects and codebases wishing to become part of the efforts at The Apache Software Foundation). As part of its eligibility, Apache Kibble had to meet the many requirements of the Apache Maturity Model http://s.apache.org/O4p that include a project’s code, copyright, licenses, releases, consensus building, independence, and more.

Kibble is the Open Source edition of Snoot, the enterprise project and community reporting platform used by dozens of Apache projects as well as by the ASF for its official reports including the ASF Annual Report.

"By gaining an in-depth view into the ASF's operations through 1,433 Apache project repositories, we are able to obtain performance metrics for more than 300 Apache projects and nearly 900 million code line changes by more than 6,500 contributors," said Sally Khudairi, Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at The Apache Software Foundation. "We are excited to share the ability to provide insight with projects of all kinds, and help their communities identify trends and advance their impact."

"We're getting input and data from both a wide range of Apache projects as well as projects from outside of the foundation," added Bowen. "We're also collecting historical metrics from older projects with their rich history of successes and mistakes. They have a great deal of history and passion around measuring their communities, and hearing from disparate projects is helping to refine that vision. We would love to hear from more projects about what metrics are important to track, and invite their communities to join our mailing lists to discuss how we can help one another."

Catch Apache Kibble in action at FOSDEM, 3-4 February 2018 in Brussels.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Kibble software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Kibble, visit http://kibble.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/ApacheKibble

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 680 individual Members and 6,500 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cash Store, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, iSIGMA, ODPi, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, PhoenixNAP, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Union Investment, and Yahoo. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

© The Apache Software Foundation. "Apache", "Kibble", "Apache Kibble", and "ApacheCon" are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement (Apache Software Foundation Blogs)

The Apache Software Foundation describes its Vision Statement, the basis for the 5-year strategic plan in development.

Our mission is to support communities that create and distribute Open Source software at no charge under the Apache License, per our Bylaws. To this end we provide mentoring, virtual collaboration space, and resources for project communities to develop, steward, and incubate Open Source software under our legal umbrella.

We are strongly committed to our projects' independence from any external influences, be they corporate, organizational or otherwise. This allows us to provide a neutral environment for our communities.

As a Foundation we intentionally do not define a technical strategy: that is determined by our projects. The Foundation's goals center on communities, as opposed to technologies.

The Foundation is managed and directed by its Members, who are individual volunteers. Companies or organizations can neither be members of the Foundation, nor take a role in the governance of our projects.

We help our communities understand and adopt the Apache Way, a collection of documented practices for collaboration and project sustainability that we amend on an ongoing basis.

We expect our community members to act as individuals. Their rights and responsibilities are based solely on their merit, defined by what they individually do in project communities, not on any external affiliation, title, or degree they may have, nor on their contributions to external projects or other organizations. We expect all Apache community members to adhere to our established Code of Conduct.

We provide highly reliable and automated core infrastructure services to our projects. We permit projects to use external non-core services based on their specific needs, allowing our own services to remain simple and focused. For durability, all our critical data and services are managed or mirrored on systems that we fully control.

Our marketing and outreach is focused on activities that directly support our mission, educate the public about Apache projects and the Apache Way, and help attract the types of communities for which our Foundation is a suitable home.

Our fundraising-related activities help identify and retain sponsors and financial contributions on which our operations depend. We welcome donations from corporations and individuals who support our mission.

We provide our projects legal and brand management services based on demonstrated needs, and define policies and best practices to help our projects benefit from the strong Apache brand in an appropriate way.

We welcome new projects via our Incubator, where experienced mentors help guide them to operate as Apache community-led projects. As Incubation is where diverse communities are defined, we put a strong emphasis on coaching to promote self-governance and preserve our core values as the Foundation grows.

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