So Apache is ten years old today. The project that changed the world, proving open source could “move up the stack”. Indeed Apache became first the de facto standard web server pretty much right from launch (I would love to know how many web pages Apache has served in that time!). While other open source projects made efforts to “catch up with” proprietary equivalents, Apache immediately took a leadership position and never looked back.
Apache today is a very different animal. Its now an incubator and delivery organisation for world-changing technologies such as Lucene (text search and retrieval) and Hadoop (mass data processing). When you see a company like WS02 emerge and create a thorough SOA stack in under 18 months you can bet they are standing on the shoulders of giants. Well Apache is the home of giants.
Enough gush. You know that RedMonk are fans of open source and open source business models. Well Apache is apparently returning the favour. I am keynoting ApacheCon Europe tomorrow afternoon. I am going to lay out how RedMonk learned from open source, agitated for open source, and finally… became open source.
If you’re interested (of course you are!) Apache is going to make all the keynotes available, including mine, first as streaming video and then as recordings on the LinuxPro site. Oh man- I can see the twitter back-channel now Today was all about Hadoop – and there should be some great content available. Check it out.
And for those of you that live stateside its time to mark your calendars. ApacheCon, the Big 10th Birthday Party, will be no November 2-6th in Oakland.