The Apache Group today announced the creation of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), to direct the development of the Apache HTTP Server Project and other projects under the Apache umbrella. Apache is a non-profit corporation providing organizational assistance and development frameworks through an international volunteer effort for the Apache open-source projects, including the world's leading Web server. The Apache Web Server captured more than 58% of the Web Server market last month according to ServerWatch.
The Apache Software Foundation aims to provide organizational, legal, and financial support for the Apache open-source software projects. The Foundation monitors the continuity of Apache projects beyond the participation of individual volunteers, enables contributions of intellectual property and financial support on a sound basis, and provides a vehicle for limiting legal exposure while participating in open-source projects.
Although the Foundation will oversee all Apache activities, the technical aspects of each project will be governed by its own project team. The ASF requires that all its projects remain open to new contributors via Internet collaboration, and limits the distribution of software under its name to a set of approved open-source licenses, but does not interfere with the day-to-day operations of each project.
The members of the Apache Software Foundation have elected a Board of Directors to oversee the corporation and ensure its responsiveness to the needs of its projects. The Board is comprised of widely-recognized contributors to the original Apache Group:
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