When I started working on Apache CXF full time it was already a well established project, shipping a production quality JAX-WS and an early JAX-RS implementations.
During the next N years, with some short breaks, all of us did put a lot of effort into supporting the CXF community, keeping enhancing the JAX-RS, various security features, fixing lots and lots of bugs, and trying to support the idea that "CXF was more than just a library" :-).
I'm curious, how many SOAP or pure HTTP calls have been made over the years with the help of CXF ? Sometimes one can read: "This product supports thousands of transactions per minute". Would be fun to read somewhere that "CXF has supported several millions of service calls over 10 years" :-). Or how many downloads have been made ? Who knows...
It is satisfying to see that today the users keep coming to CXF and ask questions and open new issues. No doubt it has helped many users, helped to completely mainstream JAX-WS and then JAX-RS, alongside its Jersey and RestEasy 'colleague' frameworks.
No doubt the Apache CXF story will continue and I've been happy to be part of this story. Thank You !