It’s been two years since The Linux Foundation forged a partnership with the Apache Software Foundation to become the producer of their official ASF events. This year, ApacheCon and Apache Big Data continued to grow and gain momentum as the place to share knowledge, ideas, best practices and creativity with the rest of the Apache open source community.

As 2016 draws to a close, we looked back at some of the highlights from ApacheCon and Apache Big Data and collected the 7 videos from our most-read articles about the events in 2016.

These videos help highlight the good work the open source community accomplished for and with Apache projects this year. We hope they inspire you to participate in the community and present your work again at ApacheCon and Apache Big Data, May 16-18, 2017 in Miami. The deadline to submit proposals is February 11!

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1. IBM’s Wager on Open Source Is Still Paying Off

When IBM got involved with the Linux open source project in 1998, they were betting that giving their code and time to the community would be a worthwhile investment. Now, 18 years later, IBM is more involved than ever, with more than 62,000 employees trained and expected to contribute to open source projects, according to Todd Moore, Vice President of Open Technology at IBM, speaking at ApacheCon in Vancouver in May.

“It became apparent that open source could be the de facto standards we needed to be the engine to go out and drive things,” Moore said in his keynote. “[The contributions] were bets; we didn’t know how this was going to come out, and we didn’t know if open source would grow, we knew there would be roadblocks and things we’d have to overcome along the way, but it had promise. We thought this would be the way of the future.”

Moore reiterated IBM’s commitment to open source, highlighting projects born at IBM’s developerWorks Open (dWOpen), such as SystemML, Toree, and Quarks, and now in the Apache Incubator.

Read our coverage of Moore’s presentation, and watch the full video below.

2. Open Source is a Positive-Sum Game, Sam Ramji, Cloud Foundry

As open source software matures and is used by more and more major corporations, it is becoming clear that the enterprise software game has changed. Sam Ramji, CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, believes that open source software is a positive sum game, as reflected in his ApacheCon keynote.

Invoking his love of game theory, Ramji stated emphatically that open source software is a positive-sum game, where the more contributors there are to the common good, the more good there is for everyone. This idea is the opposite of a zero-sum game, where if someone benefits or wins, then another person must suffer, or lose.

Read the full coverage and watch the video below.

3. Apache Milagro: A New Security System for the Future of the Web

With 25 billion new devices set to hit the Internet by 2025, the need for a better worldwide cryptosystem for securing information is paramount. That’s why the Apache Milagro project is currently incubating at the Apache Software Foundation. It’s a collaboration between MIRACL and Nippon Telegram and Telegraph (NTT), and Brian Spector, MIRACL CEO and Co-Founder, discussed the project in his keynote at ApacheCon in May.

Spector said the project was born in a bar on the back of a napkin after a brainstorm about how one would rebuild Internet security from the ground up. That sounds like a lot of work, but Spector believes it’s absolutely necessary: the future of the Web is going to be very different from the past.

Read the full article and watch the video below.

4. Netflix Uses Open Source Tools for Global Content Expansion

“We measured, we learned, we innovated, and we grew.”

Brian Sullivan, Director of Streaming Data Engineering & Analytics at Netflix, recited this recipe for the streaming video giant’s success several times during his keynote address at the Apache Big Data conference in Vancouver today. It was this mantra, combined with an open source toolkit, that took the stand-alone streaming product from a tiny test launch in Canada to making Netflix a global presence.

Read a summary of the presentation and watch the video, below.

5. Spark 2.0 Is Faster, Easier for App Development, and Tackles Streaming Data

It only makes sense that as the community of Spark contributors got bigger the project would get even more ambitious.  Spark 2.0 came out with three robust new features, according to Ion Stoica, the founder of Databricks.

“Spark 2.0 is about taking what has worked and what we have learned from the users and making it even better,” Stoica said.

Read our coverage of the keynote and watch the full presentation, below.

6. IBM Uses Apache Spark Across Its Products to Help Enterprise Customers

IBM is invested in Spark’s machine-learning capabilities and is contributing back to the project with its work on SystemML, which helps create iterative machine-learning algorithms. The company offers Spark-as-a-service in the cloud, and it’s building it into the next iteration of the Watson analytics platform. Basically anywhere it can, IBM is harnessing the efficient power of Apache Spark.

“We at IBM … have noted the power of Spark, and the other big data technologies that are coming in [from the Apache Software Foundation],” said Luciano Resende, an architect at IBM’s Spark Technology Center.

Read the full article and watch the presentation, below.

7. How eBay Uses Apache Software to Reach Its Big Data Goals

eBay’s ecommerce platform creates a huge amount of data. It has more than 800 million active listings, with 8.8 million new listings each week. There are 162 million active buyers, and 25 million sellers.

“The data is the most important asset that we have,” said Seshu Adunuthula, eBay’s head of analytics infrastructure, during a keynote at Apache Big Data in Vancouver in May. “We don’t have inventory like other ecommerce platforms, what we’re doing is connecting buyers and sellers, and data plays an integral role into how we go about doing this.”

About five years ago, eBay made the conscious choice to go all-in with open source software to build its big data platform and to contribute back to the projects as the platform took shape.

Read the full article about eBay and watch the presentation, below.

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10 Great Moments from Linux Foundation 2016 Events

This year, more than 20,000 tech professionals gathered at 150 Linux Foundation events worldwide to learn and share open source technologies and best practices. Held in 46 cities across 14 countries — from the U.S. and Canada, to Germany, Spain, China and Japan — Linux Foundation events are where the creators, maintainers and practitioners of the world’s most important open source projects meet.

As 2016 comes to a close, we have taken a look back at some of the highlights from this year’s events and compiled 10 great moments into a photo gallery, including the 25th anniversary of Linux Gala, the first Kids Day at LinuxCon, and Cory Doctorow speaking on FLOSS. Please share your favorite moments with us in the comments!

Thanks to all of the speakers, attendees, sponsors, and staff who made 2016 the best year yet for The Linux Foundation’s open source events. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.

You can see the complete 2017 event schedule now. 


Leading open source technologists from Cloudera, Hortonworks, Uber, Red Hat, and more are set to speak at Apache: Big Data and ApacheCon Europe, taking place Nov. 14-18 in Seville, Spain. The Linux Foundation today announced keynote speakers and sessions for the co-located events.

Apache: Big Data Europe, Nov. 14-16, gathers the Apache projects, people, and technologies working in Big Data, ubiquitous computing and data engineering, and science to educate, collaborate, and connect in a completely project-neutral environment; it is the only event that brings together the full suite of Big Data open source projects including Apache Hadoop, Cassandra, CouchDB, Spark, and more.

The event will feature more than 100 sessions covering the issues, technologies, techniques, and best practices that are shaping the data ecosystem across a wide range of industries including finance, business, manufacturing, government and academia, media, energy, and retail.

Keynote speakers at Apache: Big Data include:

  • Mayank Bansal, Senior Engineer, Big Data, Uber

  • Stephan Ewan, CTO, Data Artisans

  • Alan Gates, Co-Founder, Hortonworks

  • John Mertic, Director, Program Management, ODPi

  • Sean Owen, Director of Data Science, Cloudera

View the full Apache Big Data schedule.

Registration for Apache: Big Data Europe is discounted to $499 through October 3. Register Now! Those interested in also attending ApacheCon can add that to their Apache: Big Data registration for only $399. Diversity and needs-based scholarship applications are also being accepted. Apply now for a scholarship.


ApacheCon, Nov. 16-18, is the annual conference of The Apache Software Foundation and brings together the Apache and open source community to learn about and collaborate on the technologies and projects driving the future of open source, web technologies and cloud computing.

The event will contain tracks and mini-summits dedicated to specific Apache projects organized by their respective communities. In addition, ApacheCon Europe will host complimentary tracks, including Apache Incubator/Innovation, Future of Web, and Community, as well as hackathons, lightning talks, and BarCampApache.

Session highlights include:

  • Building a Container Solution on Top of Apache CloudStack – Paul Angus, VP Technology & Cloud Architect, ShapeBlue

  • Practical Trademark Law For FOSS Projects – Shane Curcuru, VP Brand Management, The Apache Software Foundation

  • Building Inclusive Communities – Jan Lehnardt, Vice President, Apache CouchDB

  • Building Apache HTTP Server; from Development to Deployment – William Rowe, Jr., Staff Engineer, Pivotal

  • If You Build It, They Won’t Come – Ruth Suehle, Community Marketing Manager, Red Hat

View the full lineup of ApacheCon sessions.

Registration for ApacheCon is discounted to $499 through Oct. 3. Register Now! Or Apply for diversity and needs-based scholarships. Those interested in also attending Apache: Big Data can add on that event for an additional $399.

ApacheCon North America and Apache Big Data are coming up in just a few weeks and it’s an event that Apache and open source community members won’t want to miss.

Apache products power half the Internet, manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, store billions of objects in virtually every industry, and enhance the lives of countless users and developers worldwide. And behind those projects is a thriving community of more than 4,500 committers from around the world.

ApacheCon, the annual conference of The Apache Software Foundation, is the place where all of those users and contributors can meet to collaborate on the next generation of cloud, Internet, and big data technologies.

Here, five attendees of last year’s ApacheCon and Apache Big Data, explain how they benefitted from the conference.  

1. Learn from experienced developers

“You meet the best people around the globe who share the same passion for software and sharing. It’s great listening to experienced senior programmers and the interesting use cases they have been solving.” – Yash Sharma, a contributor to Apache Drill, Apache Calcite, and a committer to Apache Lens.

2. Reach consensus faster

“You’re able to meet with some of the folks and talk about things that may take more time than on the (mailing) lists. You’re able to exchange ideas before bringing them to the community. Face to face can have a huge impact on attitude and interaction moving forward. Sometimes it’s tough to put tone in email, so it’s good to share in a personal manner.” – Jeff Genender, who is involved in several Apache projects including Camel, CXF, ServiceMix, Mina, TomEE, and ActiveMQ.

3. Meet your ecosystem partners

“I had the opportunity to talk with committers and PMC members of other projects that are built on top of Apache jclouds. At the time of ApacheCon we had to make some unpopular decisions such as dropping support for unmaintained providers, or rejecting some pull requests that had little hope to progress, and one of the objectives I had was to directly discuss with the jclouds ecosystem which impact that could have, how the projects could collaborate better, and how we could better align our roadmaps.” – Ignasi Barrera, Chair of Apache jclouds.

4. Explore other open source projects

“For me ApacheCon is all about community. I met so many great people, had a lot of thoughtful conversations, and heard about dozens of very interesting projects I had no idea existed.” – Andriy Redko, who participates in Apache CXF.

5. Meet your family

“Only after the ApacheCon did I understand the real power of Apache. For me, before ApacheCon it was just a group of geeks who try to write awesome code to make the world a better place, but now I feel like I’m a member of a huge family who cares very much for each other. It was like, what it seems to be a code base became home for me and now I’m not just trying to improve the code base but rather to make the family bigger in every aspect.” – Dammina Sahabandu, who’s involved in Apache Bloodhound.

ApacheCon North America and Apache Big Data take place May 11-13 in Vancouver, B.C.


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