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Freie Universität Supports Nonprofit Organization Prominent in Open Source Software

Free Server and System Maintenance for Apache Software Foundation

№ 236/2013 from Aug 20, 2013

Freie Universität Berlin and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), following an initiative of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, are cooperating in making servers available in the data processing center of the university's Institute of Computer Science. The ASF is a nonprofit organization that develops open-source software and makes it available to the public free of charge. Members of the ASF were in the past and are currently involved in the development of many essential standards, products, and technologies of the Internet. Freie Universität supports the ASF by hosting servers at no charge, as well as setting up and maintaining new systems.

Many of the ASF projects are fundamental to the functioning and continuing development of the Internet. They form the basis of many software products in various application fields. "The open source software provided by the ASF is crucial for many research projects at Freie Universität and other academic institutions," said Ulrich Stärk, who is in charge of the project at the Institute of Computer Science at Freie Universität.

"We are grateful to Freie Universität Berlin for generously providing The Apache Software Foundation with hosting, bandwidth, and hands-on support," said Brett Porter, Chairman of The Apache Software Foundation. "The additional capacity has helped us to meet the demands of the growing number of projects, Committers, and contributors that depend on our infrastructure for their collaborative development around the clock. This donation improves the service to our many Committers in Europe, which benefits the globally distributed Apache community as a whole."

Apache software powers more than half the Internet, exabytes of data, teraflops of operations, billions of objects, and enhances the lives of countless users and developers. Established in 1999 to shepherd, develop, and incubate Open Source innovations "The Apache Way," the ASF oversees 150+ projects led by a volunteer community of over 400 individual Members and 3,500 Committers across six continents.

Further Information

Carsten Schäuble, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Department of Physics, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 / 838 -75176, Email: carsten.schaeuble@fu-berlin.de