What is Apache Software Foundation (ASF)?
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a not-for-profit organization that deals with the intellectual property rights (IP) rights for Apache software products. The ASF strives to make this type of resource available to the public.
The ASF is one of many groups promoting the use of open source software by managing volunteer resources and advocating an open source model that competes in many ways with the licensed software market.
The Apache Software Foundation was founded in 1999 and was formerly known as the Apache Group. Experts describe the group as a performance-based, collaborative group in which individuals become members by contributing to open source projects. The group provides legal protection for volunteers working on related software projects.
The ARSP also hosts conventions and other events to promote close working models for the community of developers who represent the larger ARSP team.