Apache Software Foundation

What Does Apache Software Foundation Mean?

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a non-profit organization that helps handle intellectual property (IP) rights for Apache software products. The ASF strives to make these types of resources available to the public.

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The ASF is one of numerous groups that promote the use of open source software by managing volunteer resources and advocating for an open source model that, in many ways, competes with the licensed software market.

Techopedia Explains Apache Software Foundation

Established in 1999, the Apache Software Foundation is formerly known as the Apache group. Experts describe the group as a merit-based, collaborative group where individuals become members by contributing to open source projects. The group provides legal protection to volunteers that work on related software projects.

The ASF also hosts conventions and other events to promote close working models for the community of developers representing the greater ASF team.

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