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Apache Software Foundation: 2007 Open Source Outlook

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Open Source is enjoying a fabulous ride, with F1000 adoption growing, developers and architects seeking training and new projects incubating and maturing all the time.

Recently, Apache Software Foundation Director Jim Jagielski spoke with Open Enterprise Trends about the warming climate for Open Source in 2007. Jagielski, who himself has actively contributed to many Open Source projects, talks with us about many topics of interest, including top opportunities for Open Source; the impact of new licensing (ASF 2.0 versus GPLv3.0), the newest maturing ASF projects, and the agenda for the upcoming ApacheCon (In May).

TOPIC: Top Enterprise Open Source Sectors

OET: In 2007, Open Source seems poised to really make aggressive
inroads in some very ambitious areas (ESBs, RIA, ERP, SaaS, Voice and even enterprise Java and .NET) Which sectors should excite devs and architects keep an eye on?

Jagielski: I think that 2007 will be the year of the Architecture. Most of this, of course, is predicated by the interest in SOA, and all the technologies that fall out of that. But a re-appreciation of ‘RESTful’ architectures will really come into their own. Scalability mashed with Simplicity with become exciting areas. People will rediscover that many of the "new" ideas discussed today are actually refinements (if even that) of old techniques.

TOPIC: What’s Coming at ApacheCon 2007

OET: ApacheCon 2007 is coming in May. What can you share about the treats for the upcoming keynoters and session agenda?

Jagielski: One thing which is somewhat new this year is dedicated
training sessions.

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