The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is readying itself for the 25th outing of its ApacheCon North America official conference, training and expo event.
The foundation describes its remit and status as a group of "all-volunteer developers, stewards and incubators" of what amounts to nearly 150 open source projects and initiatives inside Apache.
The Apache HTTP Server is a free of charge web server software noted for its significant role in the initial growth of the World Wide Web.
Distributed under an open source license it was the first web server software to surpass the 100 million website milestone. Currently at version 2.0 it runs runs on most UNIX-based operating systems including as Linux, Solaris, Digital UNIX and AIX.
NOTE: The name 'Apache' was chosen from respect for the Native American Indian tribe of Apache, known for their superior skills in warfare strategy and their inexhaustible endurance. It is also pun on "a patchy web server".
Taking place from 24 February-2 March 2013 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, ApacheCon 2013 runs with a theme labeled as "Open Source Community Leadership Drives Enterprise-Grade Innovation".
According to the foundation's official news statememt, "First held in 1999 for developers and users of the Apache Server to meet face-to-face, ApacheCon is the public showcase for Apache innovations, from the ubiquitous flagship Apache HTTP Server to industry-defining solutions in Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Infrastructure, to dozens of emerging projects in the Apache Incubator and Labs."