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The Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation
Apache Software Foundation Logo (2016).svg
FoundedMarch 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)
Founders
Type501(c)(3) organization
FocusOpen-source software
Location
MethodApache License
Revenue (2017)
Decrease $917,000[1]
Websitewww.apache.org

The Apache Software Foundation /əˈpæi/ (ASF) is an American nonprofit corporation (classified as a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States) to support Apache software projects, including the Apache HTTP Server. The ASF was formed from the Apache Group and incorporated on March 25, 1999.[2][3]

The Apache Software Foundation is a decentralized open source community of developers. The software they produce is distributed under the terms of the Apache License and is free and open-source software (FOSS). The Apache projects are characterized by a collaborative, consensus-based development process and an open and pragmatic software license. Each project is managed by a self-selected team of technical experts who are active contributors to the project. The ASF is a meritocracy, implying that membership of the foundation is granted only to volunteers who have actively contributed to Apache projects. The ASF is considered a second generation[4] open-source organization, in that commercial support is provided without the risk of platform lock-in.

Among the ASF's objectives are: to provide legal protection[5] to volunteers working on Apache projects; to prevent the Apache brand name from being used by other organizations without permission.

The ASF also holds several ApacheCon conferences each year, highlighting Apache projects and related technology.[6]

  1. ^ "APACHE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION". Nonprofit Explorer. ProPublica. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  2. ^ Fielding, Roy T. "Certificate of Incorporation of the Apache Software Foundation". Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Jagielski, Jim. "The Apache Software Foundation Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 01 June 1999". Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  4. ^ François Letellier, see 'Third Generation Open Source'
  5. ^ See the Volunteer Protection Act article.
  6. ^ "apachecon.com". apachecon.com. Retrieved June 26, 2014.

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