The Apache Foundation’s incredible rise

The Apache Software Foundation recently released its 28-page annual report for its 2015-2016 year, but here’s the TL;DR in one word: amazing.

What started as a simple HTTP server supported by a handful of developers in 1995 has become an army of 3,425 ASF committers and 5,922 Apache code contributors building 291 top-level projects.

Of course, during this same time, open source in general has grown exponentially. But the ASF has seen particularly impressive growth as it propels big data forward with dozens of popular projects, along with dev tools and more general fare. The reason, as board member Jim Jagielski explained in an interview, is the ASF’s emphasis on neutral, community-focused development.

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