The Apache Software Foundation: History, Purpose, and How We Can Help the Planet

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - 17:30
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Brian Behlendorf

The Apache Software Foundation got its start in 1998, but the project's roots go back to 1995 when a group of webmasters decided to take their future into their own hands and combine their patches to the NCSA's web server. When the popularity of this "patchy" server reached unimaginable heights, this group realized they needed to find a way to scale this approach for many other kinds of projects, to give some sort of respectability to their work to the business community, and also provide a solid legal background for the whole effort. Thus was born the ASF. As the world clues into Open Source, especially developing economies, the ASF is being looked to as a model for how to write software as a community.


Brian Behlendorf founded CollabNet, with O'Reilly & Associates, in July 1999. The company provides tools and services based on open source methods. Before launching CollabNet, Behlendorf was co-founder and CTO of Organic Online, a Web design and engineering consultancy located in San Francisco. Durig his five years at Organic, Behlendorf helped create Internet strategies for dozens of Fortune 500 companies. During that time, he co-founded and contributed heavily to the Apache Web Server Project, co-founded and supported the VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) effort, and assisted several IETF working groups, particularly the HTTP standardization effort. Before starting Organic, Behlendorf was the first Chief Engineer at Wired Magazine and later HotWired, one of the first large-scale publishing Web sites.

Behlendorf is Director of hte Apache Software Foundation.