Over the past 15 years, The Apache Software Foundation has been going from strength to strength. It’s truly impressive to see all that our global community has achieved.
In documenting the ASF’s developments, I’ve always measured our growth across two metrics: people and projects.
Up until now, I have stated that there were more than 200 projects and initiatives at the ASF. To me, "projects and initiatives" = software projects (Top-Level Projects (TLPs) + podlings undergoing development at the Apache Incubator + Apache Labs (our innovation "sandbox" to test technical concepts), plus various community initiatives such as ApacheCon. I never counted sub-projects as part of that census, as we always had just a few handfuls scattered amongst a small number of TLPs.
This audit surprised me, as it had shown that we did not have a "few handfuls" of sub-projects as I had projected, but rather *110* sub-projects! They had grown into an entity unto itself that must be recognized in our official count.
So there are currently 345 Open Source software projects and initiatives at the ASF. Add to that the ASF’s special committees and activities such as Infrastructure, Travel Assistance, Security Team, Legal Affairs, Brand Management, and ApacheCon: we’ve exceeded 350.
With this knowledge, I stand corrected, even more impressed, and have adjusted our records accordingly. Thanks again, Daniel!
–Sally Khudairi, Vice President Marketing & Publicity