Apache – We Love you to the Moon and Back

‘I love you right up to the moon.’ said Little Nutbrown Hair and he closed his eyes. ‘Oh that’s far, that’s very, very far.’ said Big Nutbrown Hair as he settled Little Nutbrown Hair into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, ‘I love you to the moon–and back.’

Over the past week or so there have been several attempts to position WANdisco as somehow being at odds with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).  Just to be absolutely clear we would like to say that we love Apache. In fact, in the words of Little Nutbrown – we love them “to the moon and back.”

There we said it. Actions do speak much, much louder than words though and yesterday we reiterated our intent to improve branching and merging in Subversion.  We are also going to be completely transparent about this whole thing.  Our Product Manager, Rob Budas (or just “Budas” as he seems to be known around here) is going to blog regularly, probably weekly, about what’s going on with these efforts.

Feedback, as Rob said, is more than welcome (we are doing this as part of the Subversion community) not just from the excellent, hard working committers, but from the silent majority of Subversion users who rely on Subversion every day of their working lives.  If I get hit over the head from behind with a banjo for supporting them – so be it, I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.

We have some exciting news next week including an acquisition, launching our new website and a Subversion cloud hosting platform vendor that’s starting to use WANdisco to differentiate their offerings.


About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A

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