Apache Foundation and Linux Foundation join forces for ApacheCon

No, it's not a joke. The Linux Foundation has joined forces with the Apache Software Foundation, the grandfather of open-source development groups, to help run ApacheCon.
Written by Steven Vaughan-Nichols, Senior Contributing Editor

The Linux Foundation, besides doing a great job of supporting Linux, has been doing a great job of helping other groups move forward with their own open-source projects. In 2013 alone, the Linux Foundation brought together the AllSeen Alliance for the Internet of things; OpenBEL for open source biological research; OpenDaylight, for almost all the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) companies; and Open Virtualization Alliance, and Xen Project for KVM and Xen virtualization. And, now, the Linux Foundation is joining forces with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) to advance and support open-source development by co-producing this year's ApacheCon event.

Believe it or not, the Apache Software Foundation is partnering with The Linux Foundation to produce 2014's ApacheCon.

Now in its 15th year, ApacheCon is the official convention of Apache project developers. It hosts collaboration on some of today's hottest open-source projects. These include the big-data distributed database Cassandra; the CloudStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud orchestration platform; open-source flagship Big Data program Hadoop; and, of course, the Apache Web Server.

So with 15 years under its belt why is the ASF partnering with the Linux Foundation now?

Jim Zemlin, The Linux Foundation's executive director explained in a statement that "The Linux Foundation strives to provide unique, collaborative experiences at its events. Our focus is on enabling community and facilitating the relationships that will benefit this form of development for years to come. By working with the ADF and its community, we can use our expertise in events to benefit more open-source projects and the broader ecosystem at large."

Apache agrees that the Linux Foundation's expertise is proving valuable already. “The Linux Foundation has demonstrated its expertise in hosting events around the world for a wide variety of open source project communities,” said Rich Bowen, executive vice president of The Apache Software Foundation and ApacheCon North America 2014 chair in a statement. “It’s an important year for The Apache Software Foundation and ApacheCon, and The Linux Foundation’s contributions to helping us expand opportunities and experiences for attendees is a welcome addition.”

This year's ApacheCon will be on April 7-9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado at the Westin in downtown Denver. The CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America will take place April 9-11, 2014. Call for Papers (CFP) for both events are open now and close February 10, 2014.

Early bird registration for ApacheCon is available through January 31, 2014 at the special rate of US $799, after which the standard fee of US $1099 will apply through March 14, 2014.

The CloudStack Collaboration Conference North America features a day of hackathons, followed by two days of keynotes and conference sessions and is sponsored by Citrix. Early bird registration is available through March 14, 2014 at the special rate of US $149, after which the standard fee of US $199 will apply.

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