This website is designed to help newcomers to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and to our many Apache projects take their first steps towards being a part of our community.
We provide signposts to information about the ASF as an organization, as well as about the over 200 different Apache software project communities that provide free software for the public benefit.
We do not focus on specific projects here, but rather on the common processes and policies called The Apache Way found in most Apache projects. Our goal is to help you understand how the ASF works and give you the confidence to participate more directly in the specific Apache projects that interest you.
If you are new to open source, our newcomers section explains basic concepts, first steps to get started, and places to ask for help.
The ASF is a large organization made up of many separate projects: each community may have different ways of working, while still following the basic Apache Way process.
We have a list of speaker resources for conference organizers and speakers, including some useful Apache slides.
The event calendar contains an aggregation of many different Apache-related events, including ApacheCon, BarCamps, and more.
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a US 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by our Membership, and we publish our monthly board meeting minutes.
If you know a little about open source and want to understand how the ASF works our contributors section is for you.
We also have a collection of links to relevant information.
The Apache Software Foundation is now participating in a pilot project with India ICFOSS to provide mentoring for undergraduate and graduate students that have interest in learning how to participate in open source communities at ASF.
More information available at the Pilot Mentoring Programme page.
Our Apache Project Maturity Model defines a structure for evaluating our projects (communities & technology), that can serve as an example for other communities as well.
Interested in learning how the ASF works as a Foundation? Our how Apache works guide talks about the difference between ASF Members and project committers, who decides things (voting), how elections take place, how our infrastructure is setup, what is the board, what is a PMC, what's the philosophy behind the incubator.
All Apache projects use publicly archived mailing lists that anyone may subscribe
to and/or ask questions related to that Apache project. Most projects have a
firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list for technical discussions about the code, and a
user@ or users@ mailing list for questions about the product or features.
We have a Code of Conduct and Etiquette guidelines to help you write good emails.
The ComDev project has our own mailing list where you can ask general questions about Apache at email@example.com.
The Community Development project also manages the ASF's participation in the Google Summer of Code program. Each year, since 2005, we've taken on between 30 and 45 students. Many of these have gone on to be long term committers and even members of the foundation.
Read about a few of our GSoC successes.