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14 December 2010, 16:10

Apache Extras: Google's new hosting site for Apache projects

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Apache Extras Logo The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and Google have announced the launch of a new Project Hosting portal specifically for Apache-related projects. Dubbed Apache Extras, the Google-hosted site will act as a new home for code associated with Apache projects that aren't part of the Apache Software Foundation's more than 80 Top-level Projects, and initiatives in the Apache Incubator and Labs.

The Foundation notes that Apache Extras will provide a place for projects that are "unable to, or do not wish to, conform to" the organisation's "well-established requirements relating to intellectual property management, license use, and community management", but still want to signal their relationship to official Apache projects. As the site will not be hosted by the ASF, projects are allowed to use any open source license and project management process they desire.

In a post on the Google Code Blog, Google Engineering Manager and ASF Member Ben Collins-Sussman says that, "By working under a common logo and domain name, we hope these projects can gain more visibility and grow into their own thriving community". If they choose, existing Google Code projects can be easily migrated to the new Apache Extras portal.

In mid-May of this year, Google announced the launch of a similar hosted portal for open source projects based on the Eclipse platform, called Eclipse Labs.

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