Fifteen high impact Apache projects

From geronimo to Tomcat to Hadoop


The Apache Software Foundation has been home to numerous important open source software projects from its inception in 1999. Successes range from Geronimo to Tomcat to Hadoop, the distributed computing system that now serves as a linchpin of the big data realm.

While Apache does not maintain comprehensive statistics on downloads, the Apache HTTP Server, for example, powers nearly 500 million websites, and OpenOffice, which came into Apache’s hands only recently, has been downloaded millions of times. Apache also offers one of the more popular permissive open source licenses.

Here are 15 Apache projects that have been critical over the years, not only to the open source movement but to the technology world at large