Open Source OSGi software distribution framework especially suited for the Cloud and embedded computing markets

Forest Hill, MD – 27 February 2012 – The Apache Software Foundation
(ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly
150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced that Apache
ACE has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level
Project (TLP), signifying that the Project's community and products have
been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles.

Apache ACE is a software distribution framework for managing and
distributing modular software components, configuration data, and other
artifacts to OSGi-based and related target systems.

Comprising a set of OSGi bundles, Apache ACE allows developers to easily
manage the dependencies, deployment, and feedback of installed software
components. This proves particularly useful when scaling across
embedded and Cloud computing applications by covering the area of
deploying and dynamically scaling applications in the cloud, as well as
mobile platforms that would utilize ACE to create their own market or
application store.

Using Apache ACE, updates and new components can be easily distributed
while keeping a full history of what was installed where and during what
period. In addition, ACE helps developers set up an automated
development, QA/testing, staging, and production environment.
Initially donated to the Apache Incubator in 2009 by software solutions
provider Luminis, a diverse and international group of developers joined
the initial developers of the ACE code base to successfully form the
Apache ACE community.

"We are excited that ACE has successfully graduated as a Top-Level
Project," said Marcel Offermans, Vice President of Apache ACE and Fellow
at Luminis. "Developing projects 'The Apache Way' stimulates widespread
cooperation with individuals that each bring their specific knowledge
to the project. Diversity is key -- the community is evolving the
project in new and interesting ways, leveraging the collective

Availability and Oversight
Apache ACE software is released under the Apache License v2.0, and is
overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A
Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day
operations, including community development and product releases. Apache
ACE source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources
are available at

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one
hundred fifty leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server
— the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's
meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350 individual
Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely
available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users
worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the
Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official
user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c)
not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations and corporate
sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google,
IBM, HP, Hortonworks, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group,
SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information, visit

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