pictures from around the conference are available from
the Apache Week site. In addition, personal pictures from
attendee Kevin Burton are available.
On Friday the first keynote was given by the president of the
Java Software Group within Sun, Patricia C Sueltz. She talked
about how Sun views the open source movement.
She said that Sun has made three technology bets in the year
2000: computers will need to massively scale, that the
network stack will need to be interoperable, and that devices
will be always on and always connected.
Finally, she talked about how Sun views open source, and
addressed some of the criticisms of their current approach.
She said Sun was committed to working better with open
source, and is working to improve its source license. Various
pieces of software have been or will be released to open
source groups, including the Tomcat servlet engine and the
Xerces XML parser.
Over the next few weeks the ApacheCon site will be
updated to include links to all the talks and papers that
Talks on Friday covered a variety of subjects, including XML
and XLST, PHP, and Apache 2.0. There was also a panel
discussion about the future of Apache after 2.0, including a
variety of ideas for new features for Apache in the future.
This included IO layering (such as the ability for the
server-side includes module to parse the output of the CGI
module), and replacable configuration engines so that
configuration information could be stored in a database
instead of a file.
The final session of the conference consisted of a launch of
the first alpha of Apache 2.0. A number of ASF members on
stage updated the website and copied the distribution files
into the correct locations live of in front of the audience.
Announcements were then sent to a number of key sites such as
Slashdot and Freshmeat.
This was followed by a session of questions and answers about
the conference. In general most of the attendees seemed to
like the conference, with positive reaction to the speakers.
An interesting point was that was that most speakers knew
their subjects very well, and although not all were
experienced speakers, they were preferred to excellent
speakers without detailed technical knowledge.
Other comments were that the session lengths were just right
and that the conference was good value overall. The main
critisisms were the fact that lunch was not included in the
conference price, the difficulty obtaining meals since BOFs
were scheduled at lunch times, and confusion since the
'nightschool' sessions were not included in the 'full
Plans are already underway for the next ApacheCon conference,
which will be in London in October this year. The conference
will be smaller than the US show and tailored towards the
European community. The next ApacheCon conference to be held
in the US will probably be in San Jose in 2001.
The first meeting of the Apache Software Foundation members
took place on the Saturday morning following the conference.
A total of 27 of the 38 ASF members were present, together
with representatives of the conference organising company,
Camelot. A secret ballot was held to elect the new board of
directors of the ASF as well as to elect a number of new ASF
In the first part of our coverage on ApacheCon 2000 we gave
out an incorrect figure for the amount of donations to the
ASF to date. The figure should have been US$35,000.
LinuxPlanet reported on ApacheCon in
ApacheCon: Fueling the Web Revolution. The article gives
a brief overview of the conference and highlights one of the
popular talks on open source from IBM. The Melbourne Linux
Users Group posted a number of pictures from
the conference. O'Reilly published a detailed report on
each day of the conference; Wednesday,