Folks have just started blogging in earnest about what they’ll be doing at ApacheCon this year in Oakland – besides our awesome birthday party. Here are a few of the best posts.
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There’s still time to save over $200 for registering early for ApacheCon – just sign up before the end of Friday, 25-September!
Check out our technology-focused schedules each day, created and organized by our PMCs and communities directly.
||Business, Community, and OFBiz (new!)
||Running Servers: httpd and Tomcat
||Providing Content on the Web
||Beyond Web Services
||Business – what ASF projects mean for your business
||Tomcat – learn about Tomcat 7 from it’s developers
||Content Technology – Tapestry, Velocity, Wicket, Roller, Shindig
||Hadoop – use in the cloud, and subprojects Hive, Pig, HBase
||Tuscany & Synapse – they pull together your service stack
||Community – strong communities make great projects
||HTTPD.conf – for admins and users of httpd
||Content Technology – Jackrabbit, Sling, CouchDB, POI
||Lucene – actually using all those search results with Solr, Nutch
||Web Services – Axis2 and WS in the real world
||OFBiz (new schedule being published!)
||HTTPD – for module users anddevelopers
||Geronimo & Directory – enterprise and open source LDAP and J2EE products
||Lucene – building intelligent and realtime search apps
||Felix (OSGi) – not your grandfather’s service platform
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You still have a few more days left to get the best registration prices available – attendees or committers. The early bird discount has been extended through the end of this Friday, 21-August, so sign up now!
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Be sure to register TODAY to save up to $500 in registration fees for most attendees! Early registration discounts are scheduled to expire at the end of 14-August for attendees and committers.
To see the schedule and register, visit http://www.us.apachecon.com/ Be sure to consider booking your hotel now too for the special discount.
Note: Community members wishing to attend ApacheCon, but who are unable to do so due to financial reasons are encouraged to apply for Travel Assistance before 17-August by completing the form at http://www.apache.org/travel/ Financial support for flights, accommodation, subsistence, and conference fees are available. Anyone involved in Open Source is welcome to apply for financial support for flights, accommodation, subsistence and Conference fees. Hurry, applications close on 17 August.
As tweeted this morning:
@noirins #ApacheCon US09 schedule @ http://us.apachecon.com/c/acus2009/schedule/grid – register now @ http://www.apachecon.com/register
Check out our tehcnology-focused schedules each day, with input from the PMCs and communities themselves.
Remember: the early bird discount for general attendees – both for trainings and the conference itself – expires on 14-August, so check out the schedule now and register soon!
The ASF just concluded it’s annual member’s meeting, where we elected a new board of directors. Before I list them here, I want to say what gets said at every member’s meeting when we elect a new board:
THANK YOU! To the hard work and dedication from all the past board members, and our executive officers.
This is in no way to overlook the work that all our committers have willingly donated to the ASF’s mission of producing software for the public good. But it is a recognition of the steps above and beyond that serving as a director or officer of the ASF requires.
The new board of directors for the ASF are:
- Shane Curcuru
- Doug Cutting
- Justin Erenkrantz
- Roy T. Fielding
- Jim Jagielski
- Geir Magnusson Jr
- Brian McCallister
- Brett Porter
- Greg Stein
I’ve also compiled a updated graphical history of ASF directors.
Stephen Colebourne has done an amazing job in explaining Sun’s violations of the JSPA and why it’s important to the ASF and open software. This is a must read for anyone interested in the issue of shipping open or free Java software.
There’s a lot of commentary – both pro and con – over the ASF’s open letter to Sun about the JSPA and Sun’s inappropriate field of use restrictions on the JCK that would be provided for Apache Harmony. It seems that much of the commentary is missing the true issues, either from not understanding the true the details, or because people or organizations have their own agendas to promote.
By adding this clause, it meant that the tested code would need to contain an additional clause over and above the standard Apache license. A clause that would be invalid for any open source software as defined by the OSI. To be clear, this FOU clause would be an issue for any open source group trying to implement the Java SE specification. – S. Colebourne
Here are some resources that are worth reading about the issue:
- Stephen’s excellent graphical overview
- This shows clear pictures of how Sun inserts a field of use restriction clause to block Apache Harmony.
- Stephen’s overview of IP throughout the JCP process
- This shows how the JCP is supposed to safeguard and provide open licensing of IP within any specification, ensuring that independent vendors can implement the specifications.
- The ASF’s Open Letter to Sun
- This is the official position of the ASF, and while it’s an important document, it’s not as easy to read as other sources. There is a FAQ from the ASF available which offers some insight.
- Geir’s commentary on the current state of the issue
- The ASF’s own Geir Magnusson Jr., VP of JCP, and Dalibor Topic duel over the topic, alternately attempting to sidestep the issue or lock horns straight on.
- The actual JCP vote on JSP-316: Java EE 6
- While the ASF is the only organization that actually voted No, you really need to read the comments from other voters, as well as evaluate the Abstain votes.
- The JCP’s own procedure documentation, including a glossary
- The JCP itself has governance rules. If you really want to understand the background about how the JCP works, there’s a lot more history; in this case it’s really the foundation of how JCP rules that is at issue with what Sun has been doing.
ApacheCon has featured a number of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the founding of The Apache Software Foundation. We’ll be featuring “asf10years” events throughout the year, culminating with some very special stuff at ApacheCon US 2009 in Oakland, 2-6 November.
Some of the 10th anniversary items we’ve posted this week include:
Note: there’s a delay of several days, but our video streaming partner Linux Magazine will be putting all the video content (free and paid) into their archive. Stay tuned for a note when it’s available in the archive, but several of these talks are definitely worth watching again.
Tip: there will also be a video or two of us – all the ApacheCon attendees – signing Happy Birthday to Apache.
Quick note: if you can’t attend ApacheCon, you can still watch the free live video streaming of our Keynotes and lunch talks! Other technical tracks are available for a fee. Remember: all times are from Amsterdam (CET), so Wednesday’s keynote “Data Management in the Cloud” with Raghu Ramakrishnan of Yahoo! starts at 09:30.
If you don’t have your badge yet, registration will open at 08:00 in the main conference area of the hotel, upstairs from the lobby, and sessions start at 09:00 on Wednesday.
If you’re already at ApacheCon, I’m jealous – I hope you’ve been enjoying the trainings, Hackathon, and BarCampApache this year, along with the stellarly attended Meetups this year!
Along with the many data feeds about the ASF and ApacheCon, please be sure to check out the new official blog of the ASF at http://blogs.apache.org/foundation/, hosted on our own Apache Roller blogging platform, of course! Many thanks to our infrastructure volunteers for setting up our blogging system.
I’ll spare you all the obvious packing tips, and just point out a few things you many not have thought about to pack when visiting Amsterdam.
- Voltage adapter
- Note that if you have modern electronics like me – a newish Mac or Thinkpad, iPhone, etc. and many recent cameras – you don’t actually need a voltage converter. Double-check your power adapters to see if they can take 220volts. You will need the two-round-pin adapter for the continent, however.
- Your laptop
- Highly recommended. The majority of attendees will have a laptop of some sort, and most of them will be typing on them throughout the conference.
- Shampoo and soap
- The Moevenpick doesn’t provide them. That was a minor surprise for me, used to travelling in the US where every hotel has little complimentary toiletries.
- Comfortable walking shoes
- You’ll do a lot of walking if you go out into the city (which you should!) Plus layers and a windbreaker to stay warm; Amsterdam weather will be cool, windy, and rainy to start the week. Or, join folks to go running or biking.
- Bringing enough to buy your train ticket from the airport to Centraal will save you in fees. Plan on using an ATM (note: there are some fees, but often it’s less than moneychangers) at Centraal or around the city.
If you’ve never been to Amsterdam, you absolutely need to read our Amsterdam Tips on the wiki, which include instructions for taking the train and tram from the airport.