AMSTERDAM, March 25 /PRNewswire/ --

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) - developers, stewards, and incubators of leading community-driven Open Source projects - announced its tenth anniversary at ApacheCon, its official user conference, trainings, and expo.

Widely recognized for its technical excellence and community leadership, the Foundation supports the incubation and development of enterprise-grade, freely available software while minimizing potential legal exposure of intellectual property and financial contributions. Apache products benefit millions of Internet users worldwide, with thousands of software solutions available under the popular Apache License distributed in both Open Source and proprietary products.

Evolving from eight developers known as the Apache Group who created enhancements and managed the development of the original Apache Web server, The ASF today comprises nearly 300 individual Members and over 2,000 Committers collaborating across six continents through The ASF's successful meritocratic process known as The Apache Way.

The all-volunteer, non-profit Foundation oversees more than sixty-five award-winning and diverse Open Source projects, including the Apache HTTP Server - the world's most popular Web server software since its creation in 1994. In addition, the ASF is currently guiding 33 codebases in the Apache Incubator and 23 initiatives in the Apache Labs.

The ASF footprint continues to grow, helping the global Open Source community at-large through thousands of bug fixes and lines of code, hundreds of developer, user, and issue tracking mailing lists, as well as numerous community outreach and mentoring initiatives, such as the Google Summer of Code and Highly Open Participation Contest.

The Foundation's day-to-day operating expenses are offset by individual donations and corporate sponsors at various levels of contribution. They include, at the Platinum level: Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!; at the Gold level: Hewlett-Packard; at the Silver level: Progress Software and SpringSource; and at the Bronze level: AirPlus International, Joost, Matt Mullenweg, Tetsuya Kitahata, and Two Sigma Investments.

As part of its 10th Anniversary, the ASF will be highlighting various projects, initiatives, individuals, and organizations from the Apache community throughout the year. The Foundation's ongoing celebrations will culminate at ApacheCon US, taking place 2-6 November 2009 in Oakland, California.

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Sally Khudairi of The Apache Software Foundation, +1-617-921-8656,; NOTE TO EDITORS: Editor Resources -- History of the Apache HTTP Server -- ASF Highlights: 1999 - 2009 -- ASF Fast Facts