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From Mikeal Rogers <mikeal.rog...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache CouchDB is Alive and Kicking
Date Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:04:29 GMT
you should make this a blog post so that I can link to it :)

On Nov 30, 2011, at November 30, 20119:43 AM, Jan Lehnardt wrote:

> Apache CouchDB is Alive and Kicking
> 
>  “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” — Mark Twain
> 
> 
> In the past days at the end of November 2011, a few news items hit the
> tech scene that suggested that the Apache CouchDB project is done for.
> 
> We, the Apache CouchDB team, are writing to you today: do not worry,
> the project is alive and well.
> 
> 
> Canonical and Ubuntu One
> 
> In 2009 Canonical decided to base the data sync feature of their Ubuntu
> One project on Apache CouchDB. Its goal was to allow seamless synchro-
> nisation of personal data between different computers and devices and their cloud hosting
service. A use-case that seemed perfect for
> CouchDB at the time, and we consider that still to be the case.
> 
> Individuals from the CouchDB team have worked closely with the dev-elopers at Canonical
to help making Ubuntu One a success. At some
> point in the past, these individuals developed patches to adapt CouchDB
> to certain Ubuntu One use cases. These patches diverged from the main
> CouchDB code base.
> 
> Over time, it became harder and harder to reconcile these changes with
> the main CouchDB code base, so fixing bugs and rolling out new features
> from more recent CouchDB release took a lot more time and energy.
> 
> At some point in the near past, we presume, Canonical decided to not
> pursue this any further. And we respect that decision and we wish them
> best with their development of their new U1DB, which is a database-
> agnostic API that takes after CouchDB's API, but is tied closer
> to their particular feature set.
> 
> We'd like to thank Canonical for officially endorsing this part of the
> message.
> 
> 
> “The company behind CouchDB”
> 
> During the development of Ubuntu One, Cannonical worked with Couchbase,
> who happen to employ some of CouchDB's committers. In a recent an-
> nouncement, they erroneously described Couchbase as the company behind
> CouchDB. We'd like the set the record straight by saying that this isn't
> the case. CouchDB is an Apache Software Foundation project and has no
> corporate sponsor.
> 
> We are fortunate enough to have a number of companies who employ our
> committers or sponsor individual people to work on the project. These
> people, however, contribute to the project as individuals, regardless of
> their involvement with Cloudant, Couchbase, Enki Multimedia, Iris Couch,
> or any other corporate entity.
> 
> 
> The Future
> 
> Apache CouchDB will continue to build great database technology and
> release stable, mature and trustworthy releases for our developers to
> build great applications on.
> 
> We want to thank everybody for their support and look forward to a great
> future!
> 
> On behalf of the The Apache CouchDB Project Management Committee,
> 
> Jan Lehnardt,
> Chairman
> -- 
> 


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