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From Miles Fidelman <>
Subject Couch Vision (was: Couchbase trademark issues)
Date Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:50:01 GMT

I've been lurking on the list for a while, and following the recent 
conversation with some fascination and trepidation.  I'm just beginning 
to develop some capabilities that build on Couch, that will require more 
robust replication capabilities than currently exist - and seriously 
thinking about working on those.  But... the recent discussions give me 
a lot of pause - bespeaking some of the same kinds of loss of momentum 
and fracturing that happen when any project forks (which is really what 
seems to have happened).

It seems pretty clear that the original vision and drive for CouchDB 
came from Damien, and it's now less clear who's providing vision and 
drive for the project -- a review of the roadmap suggests that the focus 
right now is bug fixes and incremental feature addition.  Not 
necessarily a bad thing, but suggestive of a maintenance effort.  But 
then again, there are efforts that have found their way under the Apache 
umbrella and not really thrived.

Which leads to a couple of questions for consideration:

1. Who is really driving CouchDB right now?  Is there an individual or 
core group who are really providing vision and momentum (some folks are 
obvious, but where are priorities)?  How do the players overlap with the 
various other efforts going on.  In other words: what's the ecosystem 
for Couch and Couch-related software, projects, ....?  (Can't tell the 
players without a scorecard.)

2.  It would be particularly helpful to those of us new to the project 
to see a NEW summary of what it is that defines CouchDB, particularly as 
distinct from the various efforts that have spun out of Couch, and 
what's the current vision/priority for the future.  What are the core 
capabilities provided, core mechanisms, .... ?

Sort of strikes me a bit like what happened when Ubuntu showed up.  It's 
still not clear how it relates to Debian.

Miles Fidelman

Miles Fidelman, Principal
Protocol Technologies Group, LLC
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In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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